Ladi Pav Recipe

Ladi Pav
(AKA 'Pav' AND 'Pao')
Soft Indian Bread Rolls
Submitted By: Taz

Ingredients:

3-3 ½ Cups Indian All Purpose Flour (Maida)
1 Cup Lukewarm Water
2 ¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast (Khhamir)
2 tsp Powdered Sugar (Bura)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt (Namak) - or to taste
¼ Cup Ghee - divided
Flour for working and dusting
-OPTIONAL-
¼ Cup Whole Milk (Doodh) for brushing

Preparation:
  1. Place sugar, yeast, water, and 1 cup of the flour into a large bowl and whisk into a smooth, thick batter
  2. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes or until surface is frothy and batter has risen
  3. Add 2 Tbs ghee and another cup of flour to the mixture and fold together until well incorporated
  4. Add remaining cup of flour, baking powder, and salt - Mix until dough comes together into a mass (IF DOUGH IS STICKY ADD flour a little at a time - IF TOO DRY add a little water) - Knead for apx 5 minutes until dough is smooth, soft, and pliable (think soft pizza dough) - Gather dough into a loose ball and spread the remaining 2 Tbs of ghee over the outside of the dough 'ball' - Cover and place in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough had doubled in size
  5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and 'punch it down' until 'deflated' and knead for 5-10 minutes - Once kneaded, form dough into a log 8-10 inches long
  6. Slice the log into 8-10 equal portions and roll each portion into a smooth ball - Transfer rolls to a lightly greased baking pan leaving 1 inch of space around each roll - Cover and place in a warm place for 30 minutes to an hour to allow rolls to rise a second time (rolls should double in size and fill the pan)
  7. Preheat oven to 400ºF - Brush the top of the rolls with the milk (if using) and place the baking pan on the center rack - Allow to bake for 12-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top (rolls should sound hollow when tapped on top)
  8. Transfer rolls to a cooling rack and allow to completely cool to room temperature (Lightly brush tops with extra ghee if desired)
  9. Slice and serve 'as is' with Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, or Misal Pav. You can warm them slightly in the microwave and slather with butter, and/or serve them as a substitute for traditional dinner rolls - (when made a little bigger) they make great hamburger buns and sandwich rolls too!

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