Many people do not know that Pav/Pao is a portugese word for bread. This bread was introduced to India by them. The pav is also called “laadi pav” which means a slab of bread rolls as the rolls are baked as one big slab and the individual rolls are pulled apart. This bread is used for two popular street food in mumbai, vada pav
With the influx of north indians in Bangalore n Chennai where idly n dosa is an all time favorite, pav bhaji has become popular too.... ... Ask any south Indian what north Indian food they would like to have they would always say either Panipuri or Pav Bhaji .
This bread is very easy to prepare at home too n I got this recipe from Aparnas My Diverse Kitchen. I made a small change in the preparation of activating the yeast as it works for me with better results.
Preparation Time: 15 min
Baking Time: 10 min
Makes: 9 pavs
- 2 cups OR little less all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 tbsp butter, softened
- 3/4 tsp active dried yeast
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp butter for brushing on the pav
In a big bowl add salt sugar n yeast mix nicely. Then add warm milk n melted butter and let it sit for 10 min or till it become active .Once its active then add flour one cup at a time and mix with spatula. Blend slowly till it is soft and elastic .
Note: Do not add excess flour.Now grease the dough with oil nicely, cover it with damp cloth or cling wrap n let it sit for one hour or till the dough doubles in size.
After one hour knead the dough lighty for 1-2 minutes and divide it into nine equal parts. And set in a greased baking pan side by side. And let it sit for another 20 min. Preheat the oven 425 F.
After 20 min start baking, bake the pav until they slightly turn light brown ( approx10 min) then immediately take them out n brush all the pav quickly with butter and bake another 5 min. Take it out and immediately shift the pav to a cooling rack n let them cool.Your pav is ready to enjoy in pav bhaji, masala pav, vada pav !!
I am sending this recipe as a guest post to Lisa's Indian Dinner Party! and also to
Champa's Bake off event
Tried and tasted event hosted by Srivalli which was originally started by Zlamushkaand now run byLakshmi.
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