Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pillow Soft Indian Pav


3 Cups Bread Flour +about  1/2 cup for dusting (I used King Arthur)

1 pack dry yeast,about 2 1/4 tsp (I used Red star Quick rise instant dry yeast)

2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

.3 tbsp oil

1 1/2 cup warm water

1/4 cup water at room temperature

Cooking oil spray

2 tbsp sesame seeds(optional)

What you need to do

  • Place 1/4 cup room temperature water in a microwave safe bowl and warm it for 10 secs.
  • Stir in 1 pack yeast and sugar.Mix well and set aside for 15 mins.
  • At this stage,the yeast mixture should be really frothy,if not the temperature of water is not right for yeast.Start over again.
  • In a large bowl, mix 3 cups bread flour and salt.
  • Make a small well at the center of this dry mix.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil to the yeast mixture and mix
  • Drop the yeast mixture in the well of dry mix.
  • Use warm water little at a time to form a sticky dough.Do not use too much water.You will need about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water depending on the flour quality.
  • Spread some flour on a clean surface and transfer the dough on it.
  • Start kneading it.Use the flour reserved for dusting ,as needed, if the dough sticks to the surface.
  • The more you knead the dough the better the texture of the bread.
  • At the point the dough turns into a non sticky soft ball,smear the remaining tbsp of oil all over it and knead for another 5 mins.
  • Grease a large bowl with cooking spray.Place the dough bowl , cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for 2 hour in a warm place.

  • Grease a baking tray,divide the dough into 15 small balls and place them on the baking tray 1' apart.If there is too much space between two balls the pav will turn flat.

  • Cover this tray with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for an hour.
  • By now all the pav must have swelled and formed a pattern like ladi.Lightly spray the balls with cooking spray and sprinkle their tops with sesame seeds(optional).
  • Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 375 deg F.Place the tray on the center rack of oven and bake the balls  for 20-25 mins until their tops have browned.I have a electric oven and mine took exactly 20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven,spray them again with cooking spray,lightly cover the tray with aluminium foil or a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 5 mins.

  • Yummy soft pav are ready to be served with pav bhaji,misal or bhurji.

  • Divide the dough into 12 balls for bigger sized pav for sandwiches.


Hema said...

They look really soft, aptly named..

Jay said...

oh goodness gracious..wat an inviting pav
new to your space..
nice presentation with yummy cliks
happy following you ankita..:)
do stop by mine sometime
Tasty Appetite

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

it looks fantastic, really soft.

Ankita said...

Thanks Hema,Jay and Deeps for your encouraging words.