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Homemade buns recipe

Homemade buns taste great with butter and jam and even with curry. These can be enjoyed with pav bhaji, hence this is a pav bhaji bun recipe as well.
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine: European
Keyword: bun pav recipe, buns, dinner rolls, homemade buns, homemade pav recipe, ladi pav, pav
Servings: 4


  • oven
  • or air-fryer
  • Stand mixer for kneading (optional)


  • 2.5 cups plain flour
  • 2.5 cup whole meal flour you may use plain flour if you like. refer notes below
  • ¼ cup flax seeds with 250 ml/1cup warm water
  • 5 teaspoon yeast in 1 cup water +1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup water to knead the dough
  • 2.5 teaspoon salt


  • Mix the flax seed meal with 1 cup water and keep it aside.
  • Add sugar to lukewarm water, mix until it dissolves. Add yeast to sugar water, so that it activates. This will make the mix frothy and activate in 15 minutes.
  • Add this yeast and flax seed mix to the flour with salt.
  • Start mixing the dough while adding the remaining water.The dough needs to be a little wet and sticky but smooth, this will help the buns to rise and come out with a soft texture.
  • Knead the dough, this will be sticky at the start, Add oil to remaining ingredients. Keep it aside for 30 minutes to rise.
  • Once it has doubled, punch it down and knead it again.
  • Divide the flour in 9/16 equal portions, give them a round shape using oiled hands,and arrange them in an oiled baking tray with some space in between the buns.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes. You will see the dough rise and sides might touch each other.

How to make pav in oven?

  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees(fan forced) for 10 minutes.
  • Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees. Check the readiness, by knocking on the top of the buns, if they sound hollow then they are ready.
  • Take out the tray and brush the buns with butter/oil.
  • Let is rest for an hour so that it cools down.

How to make pav in air fryer?

  • Follow the same steps to make the dough as above. Make round balls of same size, set it in a baking tray to rise
  • Once risen(after 30 minutes), bake in a preheated air fryer at 180C (bake/roast option) for 15 minutes or until it sounds hollow when you tap it on the top.
  • Brush with the butter/milk mixture at the end and allow them to cool completely.
  • Serve fresh with butter /fruit preserve/jam.


To make sure that the buns are super soft, the dough needs to be sticky and a little wet.
You may replace wholewheat flour with plain flour for plain buns recipe
, in that case,use 3 cups of plain flour instead of 2.5 cups of wholewheat flour.