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bombay ladi pav recipe - soft, light indian bread rolls

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ladi pav recipe – step by step recipe to make soft and light mumbai ladi pav bread at home.

baked bombay laadi pav bread

pav or pao is basically a small loaf of bread, introduced by the portuguese in india. commercially, pavs are always made with maida or all purpose flour. at home we can make these small bread rolls with whole wheat flour or other flours. i have made pavs with 100% whole wheat flour too. but unlike bread, the texture has denseness and a bit of chewiness.

there is a recipe of pav posted made with 50-50 % of both maida (all purpose flour) and atta (whole wheat flour). this 50-50% recipe also yields a soft textured pav. you can also check ladi pav recipe in pressure cooker.

the mumbai pav recipe in this post is made with 100% maida (all purpose flour). i make these light bread rolls once in a while, when the family demands and they get bored of whole wheat bread and chapatis.

bombay pav recipe

i have developed this pav buns recipe over a period of time to get the best results. the recipe method makes use of the sponge or poolish method for leavening and the result is very soft & spongy pav. i added instant yeast to the recipe. however, fresh yeast or dry active yeast can also be added.

to get the aroma and taste like that of the pav buns made in the bakeries, its advisable to use fresh yeast. the proportions of all three are mentioned in the recipe details.

usually i make pavs to be served with pav bhaji or misal pav or masala pav or vada pav or samosa pav or pav sandwich. i never buy pavs from outside. i hope the step by step pics help you to make excellent homemade pavs.

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check easy puff pastry, naan recipe with yeast and veggie pizza recipe.

pao or pav recipe below:

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bombay ladi pav recipe - soft, light indian bread rolls

course snacks
cuisine indian
prep time 1 hour 30 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 1 hour 55 minutes
servings 8 to 10 pavs
rough calories per serving 213 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 3 to 3.5 cups all purpose flour (maida) - i added 3.25 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoon oil or softened butter
  • 1.5 to 2 teaspoon instant yeast Or ½ to ¾ tablespoon dry active yeast Or 1 to 1.5 tablespoon fresh yeast
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or as required
  • 1 cup warm water or add as required
  • some milk for brushing

how to make recipe

making dough for pav recipe:

  1. in a bowl take 1 cup of all purpose flour, yeast, sugar.
  2. add 1 cup water. stir or whisk to make a smooth thick batter.
  3. cover and keep the bowl for 30 to 40 minutes till you see a bubbly and frothy layer on the top. the batter would also have risen.
  4. add oil, salt and 1 cup flour. mix with a spoon or spatula.

  5. add 1 cup flour again. mix and then begin to knead.

  6. if the dough appears sticky then you can about 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour. the proportion of water to be added, depends on the quality of the flour. overall i added 3.25 cups flour and 1 cup water.
  7. knead very well to a smooth pliable dough. spread oil or butter all over the dough.
  8. cover the bowl with a lid or a kitchen cotton napkin and keep the bread to leaven for 20 to 25 minutes. the leavening time depends on the type of yeast used. for instant and fresh yeast, 20 to 25 minutes of the first rise is enough. for dry active yeast, you will have to keep for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or more.
  9. once the pav dough has risen & doubled, then gently punch and deflate the dough and form a log.

  10. slice the log into equal sizes. take each slice and roll between your palms to get a smooth round roll.
  11. make rolls this way and place them in a greased tray keeping 1 inch space between all of them. cover and allow the second rise for 25 to 30 minutes. the small loaves would increase in size.

baking ladi pav:

  1. just before 15 minutes you bake the pav, preheat the oven at 200 degrees celsius. for a regular oven, heat both the top and bottom elements. for a microwave oven with convection mode, preheat for 15 minutes at 180 degrees.
  2. then brush the pavs buns with some milk. this gives a golden color to laadi pav.
  3. place the baking tray in the center rack in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celsius for 25 to 30 mins or till the tops turn golden and the pavs sound hollow on tapping. for baking in the microwave oven at convection mode, bake at 180 degrees celsius.
  4. remove them from the tray and place on a wired rack or tray, so that they don't become softened and moist from the bottom due to heat condensation.
  5. brush melted butter or spread softened butter on top of the pavs. this is an optional step.
  6. serve the pavs warm or at room temperature with any curry, vegetable dish or just as plain bun maska pav (buttered rolls) served with masala chai.

recipe notes

tips for making mumbai pav recipe:

  1. if the dough become sticky then add some flour and if the dough looks dry, then add some water.
  2. if the top surface of the bread browns quickly than place aluminum foil or butter paper on the top. this will avoid further browning.
  3. instead of kneading with hands, you can also knead the dough in a food processor or in an electric mixer with paddle attachment.

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how to make mumbai ladi pav recipe:

1. in a bowl take 1 cup of all purpose flour, yeast and sugar.

ingredients for pav recipe

2. add 1 cup warm water.

add water to make pav recipe

3. stir or whisk to make a smooth thick batter.

batter for pav recipe

4. cover and keep the bowl for 30 to 40 minutes till you see a bubbly & frothy mixture. the batter would also have risen. the below pic shows the consistency. this is the sponge starter.

batter for bombay pav recipe

5. add oil, salt and 1 cup flour.

making batter for bombay pav recipe

6. mix with a spoon or spatula.

mix batter - making pav recipe

7. add 1 cup flour again.

add flour to make bombay pav recipe

8. mix and then begin to knead. if the dough appears sticky then you can add about ¼ to ½ cup flour. the proportion of water to be added depends on the quality of the flour. overall i added 3.25 cups flour and 1 cup water.

knead pav dough to prepare bombay pav recipe

9. knead to a smooth pliable dough.

dough for making bombay pav recipe

10. spread oil or butter all over the dough. cover the bowl with a kitchen cotton napkin or a lid and keep the bread to leaven for 20 to 25 minutes. the leavening time depends on the type of yeast used & the temperature conditions. for instant and fresh yeast, 20 to 25 minutes of the first rise is enough. for dry active yeast, you will have to keep for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or more.

dough for preparing bombay pav recipe

11. the risen & doubled pav dough.

dough for preparing bombay pav recipe

12. gently punch and deflate the dough and form a log.

kneading pav dough - preparing pav recipe

13. slice the log into equal sizes.

slice pav dough - making pav recipe

14. take each slice and roll between your palms to get a smooth round roll.

rough pav dough ball - pav recipe

15. make rolls this way and place them in a greased tray keeping 1 inch space between all of them. cover and allow the second rise for 25 to 30 minutes. the small loaves would increase in size.

baking bombay laadi pav bread recipe

16. then brush the pavs buns with some milk. this gives a golden color to laadi pav.

brush milk on bombay laadi pav bread recipe

17. place the baking tray with the pavs in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celsius for 25 to 30 mins or till the tops turn golden and the pavs sound hollow on tapping.

baking bombay laadi pav bread recipe

18. remove the pav buns from the tray and place on a wired rack or tray, so that they don’t become softened and moist from the bottom due to heat condensation. brush melted butter or spread softened butter on top of the pavs for a glaze. this is an optional step.

remove bombay laadi pav bread

19. serve the pavs warm or at room temperature with any curry like usal or vegetable dish or just as plain bun maska pav (buttered rolls) served with masala chai. you can also use these pavs to make mumbai street food snacks like pav sandwich or pav bhaji or kutchi dabeli or misal pav or paneer pav bhaji or vada pav.

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi dassana,
    You mentioned that for bakery-like Pav one may use fresh yeast.. how do we make this fresh yeast?

    • Ruchi, fresh yeast you have to buy from outside. you will get it in any bakery or super store. it is commercially made.

    • Tried today, however the outer crust too hard and pav not fluffy and light as mumbai pav
      Any specific brand of maida to use in usa ?

      • you can use bread flour which is easily available in usa. its not a brand but a type of flour used for making breads which has more gluten. but even all purpose flour which we call as maida works very well for making pav recipe. i think here its not the pav, but the yeast that is the problem. could be the quality and freshness or brand or the yeast has not got activated and proofed properly. if you have used dry active yeast or fresh yeast, then lukewarm water water is absolutely essential for the yeast to get activated. if the water is on the cooler side, the yeast won’t get activated. if the water is even slightly hotter, the yeast die. if the yeast has not got proofed well, the bread or pav won’t become fluffy and light.

  2. Hi Dasana, I love your recipes and while I’m not much of a cook your recipes always turn out great. Just wanted to know if I doubled the flour how much yeast would have to be used. Thanks a lot.

    • Welcome Elaine. Glad to know this. You can double the instant yeast e.g. 3 to 4 teaspoon instant yeast.