Ladi Pav or Pav Bread


 

Ladi pav or pav bread are light and fluffy dinner rolls that are made with plain flour. Pav means bun and ladi in this case means 3-4 pav bread arranged together in a row. These delicate buns are perfect for pav-bhaji, vada-pav, misal-pav, and so on – which are the famous street foods of Mumbai. They are great for making toasts, sandwiches and mini-burgers too. In fact they are so tasty, you can have these fresh out-of-the-oven buns just on their own. Nowadays, they are easily available in any store. But nothing can match the freshness of home-baked pav.

To get perfect soft pav, it is very important to knead the dough well.  Also it is really important to rest the dough. Even the second resting is important. Follow the step-by-step instructions to get perfect ladi pav every time you make them.

 

 

Ingredients:

Plain flour – 3 ½ cups
Dry active yeast – 2 tsp
Milk powder – 3 tbsp
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Salt – 1 tbsp
Butter – 4 tbsp, at room temprature
Luke warm water – 1 to 1 ¼ cup, approximately
Milk – 2-3 tbsp

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, yeast, milk powder, salt and sugar
  2. Add butter and rub it well with the flour
  3. Slowly add water to knead the flour. Keep kneading for 8-10 minutes until you get a soft, pliable dough
  4. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap. Let the dough rest in a warm place until double the size (45 minutes to an hour)
  5. Once the dough is rested, place it on a lightly dusted surface. Punch the dough to remove air and knead again for 4-5 minutes
  6. Pinch out a lemon sized ball of dough, roll it into smooth balls and place onto baking dish. Repeat with rest of the dough
  7. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for another 20-30 minutes
  8. Preheat oven at 200 degree celsius
  9. Once the pav is rested for the second time, brush some milk onto them
  10. Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden
  11. Remove from the oven and spread some butter onto them
  12. Cool on a wire rack and serve

 

In a large bowl, mix together flour, yeast, milk powder, salt and sugar

In a large bowl, mix together flour, yeast, milk powder, salt and sugar

 

Add butter and rub it well with the flour

Add butter to the mixture

 

Add butter and rub it well with the flour

Rub it well with the flour

 

Slowly add water to knead the flour. Keep kneading for 8-10 minutes until you get a soft, pliable dough

Slowly add water to knead the flour. Keep kneading for 8-10 minutes until you get a soft, pliable dough

 

Let the dough rest in a warm place until double the size

Let the dough rest in a warm place until double the size

 

Pinch out a lemon sized ball of dough, roll it into smooth balls and place onto baking dish

Pinch out a lemon sized ball of dough, roll it into smooth balls and place onto baking dish

 

Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for another 20-30 minutes

Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for another 20-30 minutes

 

Once the pav is rested for the second time, brush some milk onto them

Once the pav is rested for the second time, brush some milk onto them

 

Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden

Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden

 

Remove from the oven and spread some butter onto them

Remove from the oven and spread some butter onto them

 

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