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Eggless Whole Wheat Pav Buns


For The Soaker

  • Wheat Flour-1/2 cup
  • Water-1/3 cup

For The Tangzong

  • Wheat Flour-1/6 cup
  • Water-1/2 cup

For The Dough

  • Wheat Flour - 2 cups
  • Sugar-1 tbs
  • Salt-1 tsp
  • Curd-1/3 cup
  • Baking Soda-a generous pinch
  • Milk Powder-1 1/2 tbs
  • Instant Yeast-2 tsp
  • Oil-3 tbs
  • Water-2-3 tbs



  • Mix together wheat flour and water to form a slightly soft dough.
  • Cover with cling wrap and let it sit on counter overnight.


  • The next morning, mix together wheat flour and water in a sauce pan. Use a whisk to make it lump free.
  • Heat the mixture and keep on whisking until the mixture is cooked and is thick.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cover with a cling wrap in such a way that the wrap touches the surface of the mix. This is to ensure that no skin forms while it cools.


  • In a bowl mix together wheat flour, salt, yeast, sugar, milk powder, soaker and the room temperature tangzong.
  • Mix curd and baking soda until curd turns frothy.
  • Add it to the dough ingredients along with 2-3 tbs of water to make a slightly sticky dough.
  • Now transfer the dough to counter and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough passes the window pane test.
  • Place it in a well oiled bowl and rotate dough to coat it with oil.
  • Cover with cling wrap. You can set this on your counter until it doubles or place it in fridge for 6-8 hours for slow proofing. If placed in fridge, then you need to bring it to room temperature before shaping.
  • Once the dough is double and at room temperature, flatten it and divide it into 12 equal portions.
  • Roll each portion into a small tight ball with seam side down.
  • Arrange them in a greased 8" square tin or a loaf tin.
  • Again you can just proof it on counter until double or can refrigerate it overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • If in fridge, allow it to come back to room temperature.
  • Brush the rolls gently with milk.
  • Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden.
  • Remove form oven and immediately apply butter on top.
  • Remove from the pan to wire rack.
  • When warm, serve it with gravy or make vada pav or pav bhaji and enjoy...