Popular Indian street food Wheat Ladi Pavs or wheat dinner rolls made from scratch. So soft and fluffy!Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe
Ladi pavs is a popular Mumbai bread that is often paired with batata vada and pav bhaji recipe. After trying out homemade Ladi pavs for years, I have now started making the healthier version – wheat ladi pavs at home. These ladi pavs are both super healthy and super delicious in every bite! Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe
As an added bonus – these Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe can be fully customized. Simply add Italian seasoning, garlic-herb seasoning or any herb of your liking to the dough and enjoy flavored pavs or buns.
The wheat flour that I used is a combination of wheat flour and flaxmeal. This combination resulted in soft and fluffy pavs. But if you are using regular wheat flour please reduce the flour quantity to 3 cups.
Now on to the recipe!
The preparation of this Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe is very straightforward. Wheat flour mixed with yeast, oil and water creates the most soft and fluffy homemade pavs. Simply follow the instructions below for soft and fluffy pavs.
As stated above, I have used wheat flour with flaxmeal combination but if you are using regular wheat flour than reduce the quantity of flour to 3 cups.
I have kneaded my dough with water but adding buttermilk makes a huge difference.
After the yeast has activated, combine all the ingredients and knead a soft pliable dough. Let the dough sit undisturbed for at least an hour. All the secret lies in the resting time.
The dough will rise even faster if you place the dough bowl in a warm corner – for me it was my bright and sunny kitchen window. This will be the initial rise of the dough and after the initial rise you will find the dough all puffed up.
After the resting time, if you find the dough too sticky dust it with some extra flour and divide it into equal parts. Place the rolled/shaped out dough into a greased baking tray, cover with a damp cloth and let it sit for another 30 – 40 minutes.
This is the last and final rise and it plays very important role in how the pavs are going to end up. If they rise, we will end up having nice puffy pavs but if they fail to rise, we will have flat and round pavs – like the one in upper left corner. 🙁
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Wheat Ladi Pav Recipe
- 6 or 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour (Atta) (please see notes above)
- 2.5 tablespoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoon Active dry yeast
- 2.5 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup Oil or Butter
- 2-1/4 cups Water OR buttermilk (Approximately)
- 2 tablespoon Butter to brush the top
- 1 teaspoon Black sesame seeds (optional)
- Assemble all the ingredients.
- And wheat flour.
- In a microwavable bowl, heat water. Water should be LUKEWARM. Take it off the flame and mix in yeast and sugar.
- Mix well. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes until it activates and becomes all frothy and bubbly.
- Just like this. If yeast is not bubbly, please discard and start over again. Do not proceed without activating the yeast first.
- Transfer wheat flour to a large bowl..
- Add salt..
- Start kneading the dough by slowly pouring in the yeast mixture.
- Pour in oil..
- Add water and knead a soft pliable dough. Adjust water accordingly - for me it was 2 and 1/4 cups of water. Depending on the quality of flour you may need less or a little more water to knead a soft pliable dough.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 2 hours in a warm place.
- The dough will double in size and will become airy and puffy.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for 5-10 minutes. This step is important for dough elasticity and gluten formation. If the dough feels sticky dust it with some extra flour and you should be good.
- Divide into equal parts and start rolling one end of the dough.
- Keep rolling till it forms a round shape.
- Give it a smooth finish and make it look like a ball.
- Arrange the dough balls in a greased baking tray.
- Cover it with a wet cloth and let it rise for another 30 minutes to an hour.
- All puffed up dough. Preheat oven @ 400 degree F.
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. If the top is not brown in the desired time, take the pavs closer to the top heating element (or broil) and let it sit for 1-2 minutes until top is light brown in color.
- While broiling, keep a watchful eye as the pavs can burn easily if left unattended.
- Pav may feel hard on to when removed from oven. No worries. Generously brush the top with butter....
- And you will end up with soft,fluffy and ready to eat pavs..
- Closer look at the wheat pavs..
- Enjoy with bhaji recipe.