White Dinner Rolls (Indian Pav)

By DK on Dec 20, 2009
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
What Indians refer to as Pav (as in Pav Bhaji) is probably the dinner rolls to the western world! The soft textured buttery rounded bread is a world of its own! There is something to be said about the pillowy texture of these rolls which makes me go totally crazy for them! They are so versatile - use them as starters along with your soups, they make great breakfast bread with some butter and jam or use them as a side for something very spicy eg. Indian Pav Bhaji
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Its one of those rare baked goods which finds its way in without me tinkering it to add some wholegrains in it. Of course I have some healthy wholegrain versions too like this Quinoa dinner rolls but these are also most welcomed in my kitchen. I esp. love them with some butter and jam! Bliss!
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
They are v easy to make and don't require lengthy or strenuous effort. They also make great presentation at your dinner table while entertaining. After I made them for the first time, I stopped getting the store bought ones. These are as good as any you can find and what more they are home made too! (not to say Fresh!). This is a basic dinner roll recipe.

my kitchen notes (original source misplaced)

Basic Information
Prep Time: 2 to 4 hours
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Yield: Makes around 12 rolls or pavs
  • 3 cups Bread flour plus few more for dusting (See Tips)
  • 2-1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm Water
  • 1-1/4 cups milk ( replace 1/4 cups with 1 beaten egg if you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
1. Bread Flour : If you do not have Bread Flour, you can use All Purpose flour. It has come to my knowledge thanks to few members and others who have tried this recipe that using equal amounts of all purpose flour makes a very wet dough and you need more flour to make it into pliable consistency. Normally I would recommend not more than 1/2 cup (with 3/4 cup max) all purpose flour but many members mentioned that it was more like an additional 2-3 cups flour. But thanks to Mittu's feedback, I would stick to only 1/2 cup additional flour. Pls refer her perfectly explained comment for details.

If you want to Bake using Microwave pls refer to these articles:
1) How to Bake in Microwave
2) How to Bake in Microwave Convection Oven

For making Substitutions please refer my handy chart:
1) Baking substitutions
2) Egg Substitutions
Warm the milk to lukewarm (not hot) and add the butter to it so that it melts in the milk. Set aside. Mix yeast and water together along with sugar. Give it a stir and set aside until frothy.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Now add the salt and milk+butter mixture to the yeast and stir well. Slowly add the flour one cup at a time to this mixture until slowly incorporated.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
It will slightly sticky - dont add in more flour until really necessary. The stickiness will be replaced by smooth elasticity while kneading.  On a lightly floured surface , use all your muscles (or develop them!) to knead the dough very well. This exercise is important for the gluten to develop in the dough. This process (depending upon how much you have been working out at gym) takes about 8-15 minutes!!!!
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Once done, the dough looks this - soft yet v lightly sticky.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Place this on a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with a plastic wrap. (or damp towel).
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Place it aside in a humid place until doubled.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Turn out this dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a square.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Using a knife cut it into 12 pieces.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Roll each piece out in your palm to form a rounded shape (or rolls). Place them side by side on a baking sheet taking care to leave about 1-1/2 to 2 inch space in the middle. Place them aside once again to double. Its fine if they dont look perfectly round.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
They will take a beautiful shape once they double again. They will also stick to each other once doubled giving that great roll shape.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Now bake them in a pre heated 350F oven for 20-30 min until golden brown.
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
Cool them for few minutes before serving them
How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
We enjoyed it both with our soup for dinner and with Jam and butter for breakfast the next day! Needless to say these rolls dint last long for me to consider storage for long term! How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe They can be very beautifully pulled apart to make single serving. How to make dinner rolls (Indian Pav ) recipe
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153 Responses to “White Dinner Rolls (Indian Pav)”
  1. muskaan

    Very nice recipe with please help me at what power in microwave
    and wat vessel should u use for microwave please reply as early as possible

  2. Smita Raut

    Thanks for the recipe… They turned out perfect

  3. manali


    Nice recipe..wanted to know if I can use fresh yeast instead of dry yeast amd how much quantity..

  4. anonymous

    350 Fahrenheit is 180 degrees n the mode should be convection :wink:

  5. mansi

    I tried making with the exact measurement as per the above recipe the pav tastes superb but they r dense :(
    Why is it so?

  6. Neha

    I made this recipe today with half maida & half wheat flour..
    I left the dough to rise for around 45mins to 1 hour
    Then rolled it and made the rolls & left them for another 45mins.. Baked at 180C on convention for 30 mins.. Made 12 out of the recipe ..
    They taste good

  7. Mona

    Can I add bread improver to it and in what quantity?

  8. Trashy Mathur

    Hi I tried this recipe and it turned out to be perfect. I used All Purpose flour instead of bread flour the same ratio and I brushed milk over it instead of egg wash. I dint give that brown colour n shine, but it brown tasty.

  9. Shraddha

    Hi! Pls.let me know the resting time to be given for d dough to double up each time it has been set aside to double up. Can it be as min as half an hour or max 1hr??

  10. Chamu
  11. Chamu

    How to give an egg wash in the top of dinner rolls
    Coz today I am going to try dinner rolls

  12. Sounds good and easy, will definitely try making it . Thnx!!!

  13. richa

    Hey is all purpose flour and maida one and the same thing. And do i need to alter the quantity in case of using Maida. Please tell me, What should be the resting time of the dough And what can i use to replace egg wash. Can i use Butter?

  14. sharmilla

    whether this recipe can made in pressure cooker…

  15. Priyanka chowdhary

    I hav a convection oven so which mode m gona use… :-?

  16. Akansha

    I tried these rolls today, they really came out good except the fact that the inside was a bit more dense than what’s shown in the pictures. I had used maida instead of bread flour. Can you please suggest what might have went wrong.

  17. Preethi

    Hi. I made these buns today… i just added 1/4 cup maida extra. The center came out very soft and my family enjoyed it a lot. Thanks :-P but one.concern…i gave milk wash on top and the top portion came out little hard. Is it due to the milk wash? How do I get it soft? Pls help

    Hard surface is cos you overbaked it. Its possible you waited until the top looked brown. Egg wash usually gives that classic bakery shone, anything else tends to provide a pale color. –DK

  18. Ritika shah

    What is bread flour? Do u mean maida? What about using pure wheat flour? Please explain. Thank you.

    Bread flour is not same as Maida. Bread flour makes excellent breads but you can use all purpose /maida as well. Using just Wheat flour will make for a dense bread. –DK

  19. Aida Zare

    Hi,my question is my oven is small,which is max temp.250,how do i bake rolls with that temp.?

  20. Darcy

    Thank you for the step by step guide! I made it this morning for breakfast. It is really yummy. Just taste more more like American dinner roll. The aftertaste is yummy! Loved it. I thought t would be more like Goan Pao. Wonder how they get the crust hard and the inside so soft. My bread color came as the picture. I did not do any egg wash.. I also wondered if it would come put golden and it did. Very very pleased!

  21. Jessica

    This was the first time I have ever made homemade rolls and they turned out good. The taste is good and they browned great. A couple of the rolls caved in but besides that it turned out good.

  22. archana das

    hi dk my dinner rolls turned out very nice, i did not hv to put extra flour, rather i had to add 250 ml of water extra as i was unable to make the dough. that is the only difference from yr recipe. the colour on the buns turned out just as yr pictures. i was a little unsure as so many people were making their comments about the top brown colour. but mine just turned out as golden brown as yrs! the bread tasted so nice ! i plan to make it again ! all my life i hv been intrigued by bread and cookies, now i hv made the bread! not it is time for the cookies! which cookies i shud try first is my only concern

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