Bonkers over Buns – Pull-apart Pav

Pav Bun

Whether you call them Pav or Pull-apart Rolls, you could use them to mop up a teekhi bhaji (spicy curried veggie)or dunk torn chunks into a meaty stew, you could slit and char them on a tava (griddle) slicked with Amul butter (India’s favorite butter) or just let them tumble over from pan to basket.

Puffy, tender, buttery, these are the buns we grew up munching and we sure are Bonkers over Buns.

Pull-apart Pav Buns
(Makes 20)

1 Cup warm milk – preferably whole milk (approx)

2½ Teaspoons active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons sugar

3 Cups bread flour (substitute all-purpose flour if needed)

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1½ Teaspoons salt

Dissolve the sugar and the active dry yeast in the warm milk and wait for it to froth up. Combine with the flour, butter and salt in a large bowl, and mix well with a sturdy wooden spoon. Cover the shaggy mass and allow it to rest for 15 minutes, and then knead for about 10 minutes, folding the dough over and pushing away until it is smooth and supple. Add in a little more milk or flour as needed. Tho dough will be very soft and slightly sticky. Roll the dough into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm environment until puffy and doubled, about an hour.

Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 4 parts. Keeping the rest of the dough covered, divide each part into 5 pieces, roll each into a ball, stretching the dough and tucking at the bottom to achieve a smooth and taut top. Lay the rolls in neat rows on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in 2 cake pans, about an inch apart. Cover with greased plastic wrap, and leave to rise for about 45 minutes in a warm place, until they are quite puffy and touching each other.

Meanwhile preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the buns with milk or an egg-wash. Bake the buns for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Do not over-bake. Transfer immediately to a cooling rack or else the bottoms will start ‘sweating’ and become soggy. Eat while still warm. If you would like to slit them and toast, do wait till they have completely cooled down before slicing in.

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We’re sharing our Pull-apart Pav with –

Hearth and Soul Hop at Zesty South Indian Kitchen

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26 Responses to Bonkers over Buns – Pull-apart Pav

  1. Alea Milham says:

    Your rolls look mouthwatering delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  2. sandhya says:

    o my god , what a pav yaar , i love this recipe and i will try this tomorrow . today first time I search this blog and i am so lucky . thank you so much . and i love to learn cake , how to whip cream etc.

  3. Sia says:

    Gorgeous! I mean absolutely gorgeous rolls of buns!

  4. Richa says:

    those pavs look so golden, melt in your mouth puffy! I just made some multigrain mini buns yesterday for some sliders… i love cute round puffs!:) Hope you all are having a fun week!

  5. kirstin says:

    Oh yummy! My rolls never turn out pretty…but they do taste good. How would they be if you substituted some of the white flour with wheat?

    • Tadka Pasta says:

      Thanks, Kirstin. These are meant to be made with all white flour, but you could try subbing in a cup of white whole wheat, which would blend in better. We do have other breads and buns with whole grains, do check out our bread binder.

  6. soft delicious looking pav looks wonderful

  7. ooooooooh yum, looks so nice, golden in color and so soft from inside, perfect buns 🙂

  8. Oh wow…..I haven’t had homemade bread in sooooo long. Yours looks amazing!!!

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  9. I can’t wait to try these with a baked chicken I’m making this weekend! Yum!

  10. They turned out perfectly. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. antonia says:

    Ok..l i am making them right now, for guests. I am totally confidente that they will come out awesome!!!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!!!!

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  13. Asha Vijay says:

    Amazing looking buns!!! Looks wayyy better than the pav buns that i buy

  14. Paromita says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I tried them yesterday and they were simply delicious! Very smooth, flaky, soft and beautiful. I filled few of them with minced spicy chicken filling and the rest with the cheese. I had doubled the recipe because I needed to feed a bigger crowd. By the end of the evening all was gone. Great recipe!

  15. Tushita says:

    Love this recipe! They turned out perfectly! Thank you for sharing!

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