Pressure Cooker Ladi Pav (Without Oven)

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Pressure cooker pav recipe with step by step photos. Indian bread rolls also called as pav or pau. This recipe method shares how to make the pav in a pressure cooker.

pressure cooker cooked pav

Necessity is the mother of invention. This recipe of pav was made in a pressure cooker out of necessity. I had a few guests at home and had pav bhaji on the menu. Just before beginning with the entire process of bread making, the electricity went off. So out of necessity, I used the pressure cooker to make the pav.

By now I know that pressure cooker can be used as an oven for baking. I have baked cakes in a pressure cooker, before I got an electric oven. So I made the pav and placed them in the cooker. And after some minutes, I had nicely baked pav buns. The texture and crumb of these pav buns were soft and light.

Some important pointers to remember while baking in a pressure cooker:

  • Use a good quality, heavy and thick bottomed 5 to 6 litre aluminum cooker.
  • Keep this cooker, only for baking. Do not use this cooker for pressure cooking anything, as the metal weakens.
  • Use sea salt or sand as a layer between the pressure cooker and pan. This same salt, you can use for your next round of baking.
  • Remove the gasket (rubber ring) and the vent weight (whistle) from the lid, before you close the cooker with the lid.
  • Cook on a low to medium flame.
  • The pan to be used inside the cooker should be able to take dry heat. I used the regular round aluminum cake pan, that I have.
  • Before proceeding with the recipe, do check if the baking pan fits inside the pressure cooker.

This ladi pav uses instant yeast. but with the method I have mentioned, You can also use dry active yeast. with dry active yeast, you will have to give a longer rising time. Just remember that the dry active yeast should proof very well.

I have also used 5:1 proportion of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour respectively. The all-purpose flour does add some lightness in the crumb. If you use only whole wheat flour, then a few changes need to be made in the recipe. Otherwise with 100% whole wheat flour, the pav becomes dense. You can also use this recipe and pressure cooker method to make pav with only all-purpose flour. In this case, you might need less water to knead. So begin the first steps with ¾ cup water and then add water if required while kneading.

This pav recipe will even work in an oven. bake at 200 degrees celsius for 25 to 30 minutes or till the tops are golden. You can also check these two recipes – Pav (Mumbai ladi pav) and Wheat pav recipe which is baked in the oven.

Serve these pav with your favorite lentil or veggie gravy dish or with recipes like pav bhaji or vada pav or misal pav or dabeli or masala pav.

How to make pressure cooker ladi pav

1. In a large mixing bowl or pan, take 1.5 tsp instant yeast or 2 to 2.25 teaspoon dry active yeast and 2 tsp sugar.

yeast in a bowl

2. Add 1 cup of warm water (250 ml). Give a stir. do note to have a warm temperature of water (40.5 to 46 degrees celsius/105 to 114 degrees fahrenheit) for dry active yeast. If the water is cool, the yeast won’t get activated and if the water is even slightly hot, the yeast cells die.

adding water

3. Then add ½ cup all-purpose flour.

adding ½ cup all-purpose flour

4. Stir and mix to a batter-like consistency without any lumps.

yeast solution for pav

5. Cover the bowl and allow this mixture to bubble and froth. About 35 to 40 minutes. Here’s the pic with the mixture doubled in volume.

yeast solution for laadi pav

6. When stirred this is how the mixture looks. See the bubbles. This shows that the yeast has proofed well.

yeast solution for laadi pav

7. Now add 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 tbsp oil and 1 tsp salt. I used rock salt. You can use regular salt also.

adding flour

8. Mix very well with a spatula or spoon, till all the whole wheat flour is incorporated in the mixture.

making pav dough

9. Add the remaining 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour.

adding flour for making pav dough

10. Now mix and begin to knead.

kneading pav dough

11. Knead very well for 6 to 7 minutes to a smooth and soft dough. do add more water if required. cover the dough and keep aside for 35 to 40 minutes. With dry active yeast, it will take a longer time – about 1:30 to 2 hours.

kneading pav dough

12. The dough should be well risen and double up in volume. please note that the rising time depends on the temperature conditions in your city. So in a cold or cool climate, you have to keep the dough longer. Proceed to the next step only when you see that the dough has doubled up very well.

pav dough

13. Now gently punch the dough and make a log of it. You can lightly dust the work surface with some flour if you want.

pav dough

14. Slice the dough in equal parts.

sliced pav dough

15. Roll each part into a ball.

dough ball

16. Place them in a well-greased pan keeping some space all around them. Grease the pan very well with oil or butter before you place the pav.

dough ball in a well greased pan

17. Cover with a cotton kitchen towel and allow the buns a second rise. Keep for about 15 to 20 minutes. With dry active yeast, it will take about 35 to 45 minutes.

dough ball in a covered pan

18. Now take the cooker and heat it on a low flame for about 4 to 5 minutes.

pressure cooker

19. Add 1 cup of sea salt in the cooker. Make an even layer all around with the salt.

adding salt in pressure cooker

20. If you want, you can keep a heatproof rack also.

heat proof rack in pressure cooker

21. Now place the baking pan carefully in the cooker.

keeping baking pan in pressure cooker

22. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) and vent weight (whistle) from the cooker’s lid. Secure the lid tightly on the cooker. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes on a low to medium flame. I kept for 40 minutes.

removing gasket and vent of pressure cooker

23. Then remove the lid. The top of the pav should be browned once done. on tapping, the pav buns should sound hollow. If they do not sound hollow, then keep for some more minutes. Once baked then remove the pan carefully as it will be very hot.

pressure cooker cooked pav

24. After 3 to 4 minutes, gently slid a butter knife along the edges of the pan. Remove the whole ladi pav and keep on a wired rack to cool.

cooling the pav in a wired rack

25. Spread some oil or butter on top. This step is optional and you can even skip it.

pressure cooker cooked pav

26. Serve the pav with pav bhaji, vada pav or misal pav or dabeli. You can also have it with dal, usal or any spicy vegetable gravy.

pressure cooker cooked pav
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Pressure Cooker Ladi Pav

Indian bread rolls also called as pav or pau. This recipe method shares how to make the pav in a pressure cooker.
4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Side Dish
Servings 9 pav buns
Units

Ingredients

for the initial mixing

  • 1.5 teaspoon instant yeast or 2 to 2.25 teaspoon active dry yeast or 4.5 teaspoon fresh yeast
  • 1 cup warm water or 250 ml warm water
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour or 62.5 grams all-purpose flour

to be added later

  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour or 300 grams whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoon oil, you can also use butter
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt (edible and food grade) or add as required
  • some oil for greasing the pan, you can also use butter

Instructions
 

making dough

  • In a large mixing bowl or pan, take 1.5 tsp instant yeast or 2 to 2.25 teaspoon dry active yeast and 2 tsp sugar.
  • Add 1 cup warm water (250 ml). Give a stir.
  • Then add ½ cup all purpose flour/maida.
  • Stir and mix to a batter like consistency without any lumps.
  • Cover the bowl and allow this mixture to bubble and double in volume. About 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Now add 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta), oil and salt.
  • Mix very well with a spatula or spoon, till all the whole wheat flour is incorporated in the mixture.
  • Add the remaining 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour. Now mix and begin to knead.
  • Knead very well for 6 to 7 minutes to a smooth and soft dough. Cover the pav dough and keep aside for 35 to 40 minutes. With dry active yeast, it will take a longer time - about 1:30 to 2 hours.
  • The dough should be well risen and double up in volume.

shaping the pav

  • Now gently punch the dough and make a log of it on a dusted work surface.
  • Slice the dough in equal parts. Roll each part into a ball.
  • Place them in a well greased pan keeping some space all around them. If you want you can brush some milk on the pav.
  • Cover with a cotton kitchen towel and allow the buns a second rise. Keep for about 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • With dry active yeast, it will take about 30 to 45 minutes. Do note that the rising time, depends on the temperature conditions in your city.

baking pav in pressure cooker

  • Now take the cooker and heat it on a low flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of sea salt in the cooker. Make a even layer all around with the salt.
  • If you want, you can keep a heat proof rack also.
  • Now place the baking pan carefully in the cooker.
  • Remove the gasket and whistle from the cooker's lid. Secure the lid tightly on the cooker. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes on a low to medium flame. The top of the pav buns should be browned.
  • Then remove the lid and remove the pan carefully as it will be very hot.
  • After 3 to 4 minutes, gently remove the whole ladi pav and keep on a wired rack.
  • Spread some oil or butter on top. This step is optional and you can even skip it.
  • Serve the pav with pav bhaji, vada pav or misal pav or dabeli. You can also have it with dal, usal or any spicy vegetable gravy.

Notes

With fresh yeast, follow the same method as mentioned for instant yeast.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Ladi Pav
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 3mg15%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 74µg19%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 49mg12%
Phosphorus 139mg14%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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58 Comments

  1. Hey,

    Can I use 2 containers in same pressure cooker on top of other if I want to make 20 pav?

    1. then some steaming will take place in the container kept below. if you have a jali type of container, then you can use. but the steel containers will create some steaming.

    1. a little bit of sugar is required. instead of adding 2 teaspoon you even add 1 to 1/2 teaspoon or a pinch.

  2. Thanks for such wonderful recipes

    If I have to bake the pavs tomorrow then ,till what stage should I follow and keep things ready today?
    How can I store the prepared dough the previous night?

    Regards,
    Shweta

    1. welcome shweta. after the first rise, you can keep the dough in fridge. cover and keep in a box or dabba. then remove the dough next day. let it come to room temperature. then shape into rolls and place them in the baking tray and allow to rise for second time. then bake them.

  3. Pls substitute for yeast ..I ve read other comments tat it take time but pls let me knw

    1. there is no substitute. the other method takes a lot of time and here the dough has to be leavened with the air borne yeast.

  4. Hello I love your recipies a lot. please please please post recipe of cake in pressure cooker.. But with the ingredients which are easily available. Simple recipe… Waiting eagerly..

    1. thankyou priyanka for your kind words. have taken your request for pressure cooker cake allow us some time to post the same.