Ladi Pav/Dinner Rolls in Cooker or Oven

Ladi Pav / Laadi Pav or Dinner Rolls are basically a soft, light and fluffy bread that goes well with Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Misal Pav etc. A common man’s delight and is super easy to make at home too..

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Ladi Pav – that soft, fluffy and light bread with which each and every Indian has a memory attached to..

This Ladi Pav is used as an accompaniment to endless Indian dishes like Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Misal Pav etc.

All these being Indian street foods there would definitely be a sweetest memory being attached to it..

If you are now living abroad then definitely you would be missing the Pavs that we get back home..

Comment and let me know Yes or No.. šŸ˜€

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To bake these Ladi Pav you just need the basic ingredients Flour, Yeast, Salt, Sugar and Water.

So if your new year resolution is to venture into bread baking or just baking in general then you ought to start with this one for sure.

A. It is simple
B. Does not involve too many steps
C. Makes use of basic ingredients
D. Is the base recipe for many other breads like a Bread Loaf or even White Bread Rolls

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Before we get into the recipe, I would like to share with you all few basics of Bread Baking or this Ladi Pav in particular.

What makes this Ladi Pav soft?

There are two ingredients which helps to keep it softer. Those are
1. Milk Powder and 2. Butter

In the industry Milk powder is often used because it is economical and east to store when compared to Milk.

However in today’s recipe I have used half water and half milk. Because there is a difference in Home Baking and Commercial Baking right.

Using both Milk and Milk Powder makes it nice soft.

2. We use a Delayed Fat Method; which means that we have added fat at a later stage. This is because fats tends to inhibit the development of gluten; which is very important in forming the structure of baked bread.

So by adding the butter at a later stage it gives the gluten time to develop.

Also butter here acts as an enrichment which means it helps to soften the baked product.

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The above pic is shot from my Samsung S8.

Will you believe if I say it is straight from the cooker..

Ain’t it looking soft and fluffy??

Still don’t believe me then you must check out my video of these Ladi Pavi you yourself will learn what I am trying to say.. <3 My resolution for this New Year is to encourage and motivate all you guys to start baking because nothing can beat the quality, freshness and customised baked goodies. And that is the reason why I do so much bakes in cooker because nothing should stop you from venturing into the baking world. Here is the playlist if you would like to get started. What is yours do comment and let me know.. šŸ˜€

Here is the detailed recipe:

5 from 2 votes
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Ladi Pav / Dinner Rolls in Cooker and Oven method
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Ladi Pav is an Indian bread that is soft, light and fluffy and pairs so well with Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji etc

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 14 pavs
Author: sushma iyer
  • 500 gms (3.5 Cups) Plain Flour
  • 15 gms (1.5 tbsp) Milk Powder (refer notes)
  • 10 gms (1 tsp) Salt
  • 15 gms (1 tbsp) Sugar
  • 25 gms (2 tbsp) Butter
  • 150 gms (plus 2-3 tbsp) Milk (refer notes)
  • 150 gms (1/2 C) Water
  • 18 gms (2 tbsp) Yeast
  1. Add the yeast to 150 gms water and 150 gms milk mixture and stir. (Refer notes)

  2. Onto your bowl add in salt, flour, sugar and milk powder. Then add in the yeast and water+milk mixture. Using a stand held machine or your hands combine everything to a dough.

  3. Add in the butter and knead well for another few minutes until the butter is mixed well.

  4. If you are doing it by hand then the entire process would take atleast 20 mins and if in stand mixer then 10 mins.

  5. Place the dough in an oiled container for it to prove and double in size for an hour.

  6. Once proved divide the dough evenly into 14 equal size portions. Roll it out to give a proper shape. I have shown the exact way to do it in the video check it out. And place it onto an oiled container close to each other and prove for another 30-35 mins. (refer video for clear picture)

  7. After the second prove bake this in the preheated oven of 200Ā°C for 15-18 mins or in a preheated cooker for 16-20 mins on medium flame

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1. Milk powder makes the pav softer; however since we are using milk you can skip the milk powder here. Instead make the bread entirely with milk only without adding water.
2. The total quantity of milk and water is 300 gms. So start making a dough with just that. However the additional 2 to 3 tbsp of milk mentioned in the recipe is to make the dough hydrated. Which means the dough should not be dry or else you will get a harder baked buns. Refer my video to understand what exactly I mean by hydrated. (Learned this tip from Freda, Aromatic Essence)
3. If you are using Active Dry Yeast you will have to activate the yeast. To activate the yeast just combine the yeast with lukewarm water and milk. Give a stir and let it sit for atleast 10-15 mins till it blooms and froths up. If it doesn’t froth and bubble up it means your yeast is dead. Since I used instant variety I did not do this step.
4. One more reason to mix the yeast with the liquids first is that this way, you ensure that the yeast evenly disperses into the dry ingredients.
5. This recipe is similar to our Tawa Pizza recipe. You might want to check that out too. Linking it here for you.

How to preheat the cooker?

To preheat the cooker; add a layer of salt into the base of cooker. Place a stand on top. Close the lid without gasket and whistle. Pre-heat on med high flame for 10-15 mins.

Materials used:

I used this rectangular ramekin to bake my bread in the oven and a regular steel bowl to bake it in the cooker. You can use any baking pan with a good height like this or this to bake these.

Highly recommend you to watch the video to understand the steps clearly.

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I will see you soon with yet another recipe.

Until then


    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Mahesh..

      1. You can use milk powder of any brand. If you do not have milk powder then you can also use milk in place of water to make this recipe. The purpose of milk powder is to soften the bread.
      2. Amul spray for what? For spraying the baking trays then definitely you can use it.
      3. You can try other substitutes like molasses or honey as yeast definitely needs sugar to activate so I am not sure whether the sugar substitute would work or not. sorry about that.
      4. I own a Brabantia but I believe it is not available in India. The best stand mixer in the market is of course KitchenAid. You can check that.


  1. Miragani says:

    Love you for the so detailed and nice videos.. Iā€™m a big time foodie where I want to keep trying and making palatable dishes myself.. thanks! I have subscribed to your channel

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