5 from 2 votes
updated version of laadi pav
Make Best Homemade Dinner Rolls in 5 simple steps
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Proofing Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Soft, Fluffy and Rich; these homemade dinner rolls are so addictive that you would keep coming back for more. This dinner roll recipe is a keeper!!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: best dinner rolls, how to make dinner rolls,
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 8 mins in a stand mixer.

  4. If you are doing it by hand then the entire process would take atleast 20 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 (during summers) and nearly an hour (during winters). (refer video for clear picture)

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

How to Proof Dough in Instant Pot
  1. After the 4th step instead of oiling a big bowl, oil the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Place the dough inside. Close the lid.

  2. Choose the yoghurt button. Set the time to 30 mins.

  3. Once the timer goes off, open the lid and see the magic - the well rise dough. Continue the steps as mentioned above from dividing the dough, rolling, shaping and baking; same as the oven method.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

1. The basic dinner rolls recipe just needs water to bind everything into a dough.
Milk and Milk Powder are enriching agents so if you do not have milk powder handy, skip it and use flour instead.
Or skip the water and milk powder and use 300ml milk to make the bread dough. 
For an even richer bread, skip the water and use both milk powder and milk.
2. The total quantity of milk and water is 300 ml. 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 harder baked buns. Refer my video to understand what exactly I mean by hydrated or please scroll up to read the article. 
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 at least 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. Please note that I no longer follow the method of milk wash or egg wash right before baking. I have observed that the fat in the dough is enough to give the pale golden colour on top of our dinner rolls.
6. This recipe is similar to our Skillet Pizza recipe. You might want to check that out too. Linking it here for you.
7. Check out the post for pictorial step by step recipe and also for the details all the tools and equiments needed to bake the bread.


If you are planning to double the recipe and use Instant pot for proofing make sure not to use the lid and opt for glass lid instead. The reason being the dough can rise too much and push the pin-up of the Instant Pot and lock the lid. So it is better to use a glass lid or a plate.

How to make Beetroot Dinner Rolls:

beetroot dinner rolls

To make these naturally coloured and healthier variation of our plain dinner rolls we would need 150 gms (1/2 cup) Beetroot Puree.

To make the beetroot puree, peel the skin of a medium size beetroot, chop into small pieces add very little amount of water and grind to a puree.

Use 150 gms(1/2 cup) of this puree in place of milk. 

So follow the ingredients and steps mentioned in the above card, just substitute milk with beetroot.

You can follow the same steps for making a spinach dinner rolls too.

Though you will not taste the actual beetroot or spinach, it is a nice addition to have it in your kids lunch box or perfect for Valentine's Dinner Date. 

I have made a separate Youtube video on Beetroot Dinner Rolls. Please feel free to watch it if you like.