Friday, October 3, 2014

Paav : Indian Dinner Roll

One of the things I missed the most living in USA is Paav, the typical indian bread made of maida or all purpose flour. Some of the best food, Paav Bhaji, Vada Paav, Dabeli etc etc need it. Usually we use burger buns instead of Paav. Surprisingly it never occurred to me that I should look it up and try my hand at it. Once again i think its the fear that it might be difficult to recreate the recipe, or that I don't know the secrets of the bakers in India..Recently I joined a group on FB where Indian women from out of India are connected, they share recipes, cookign tips, home remedies and many more things. On this group, I found paav recipes that motivated me to make it.

I followed recipe from vaah re vaah recipe youtube video link: Paav video Vaah re Vaah
I would recommend watching this video as well..makes the job very easy :)
I did halve the quantity, so here is the list of ingredients I used:

  1. 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  4. 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 3 1/2 tsp Butter


  • dissolve sugar and yeast in water.
  • add salt to flour, slowly add water and begin kneading the flour as you would usually knead the dough for rotis.
  • The dough formed will be very soft.
  • add melted butter and knead some more. 
  • let the dough rest for an hour or two till it forms double the quantity.
  • Punch the dough and let the air out.
  • apply some butter on the baking sheet sprinkle some flour.
  • make rolls from the dough and place in a baking sheet.
  • Place the dough such that the rolls mildly touch each other.
  • Let the rolls rise for 30 mins
  • Pre heat the oven to 375 deg F
  • now just apply a layer of milk on the rolls with a brush or tissue dipped in milk. This is to get a shine to the bread. You may use egg as well.
  • Bake the Paav to 15-20 min until browned nicely at the top.
  • apply some butter at the top of paav once you take it out of oven. this helps to keep them soft and adds some moisture..
  • Take it off the baking sheet and let it cool.
In Pics: Sorry I do know have the pic of dough pre rise. But you can imagine how much it has risen since I made this dough only of 3 and 3/4 cup flour.

Enjoy the authentic Indian paav in your favourite dish :)

Barbecue Mushroom Pizza

I love trying out different types of Pizza recipe, I am just bored now of the regular tomato sauce pizza base..
By far my 2 most favourite pizza recipes are Barbecue Mushroom Pizza and the Greek Pizza. For this pizza I looked up barbecued chicken pizza recipe and substituted mushroom for chicken.

This barbecue mushroom pizza recipe tastes just like my favourite Smokin Joes Pizza. Tried to look up the exact name but they don't have it on the menu anymore :(
Bigger reason to be able to make it at home and savor the flavours of my dental school days.

This is time I decided to make the crust at home too. The recipe i used it from Perfect Pizza Crust post of Dinner a love story blog..The only difference is the amount of water and that I used a lot of whole wheat flour.

For the crust:

  1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 n 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  3. 2 n 1/2 tsp yeast
  4. 3/4 tsp salt
  5. 3/4 tsp sugar
  6. 2 cups water


  • take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, begin gathering the flour adding water in small quantities so that the flour forms a stiff ball...knead it for 1-2 minutes
  • let the dough rise for 1-2 hours, till it doubles in volume
  • punch out the air and divide the dough into two halves.
  • If you need to freeze the dough you can put it in the freezer now after putting it in a plastic bag or a cling film.
  • If making Pizza, roll out the dough in the thickness you like, i prefer thin crust pizza so i rolled it quite thin, stretched it some after putting it in my cookie sheet.
  • I have a cookie sheet with holes, and I feel this works better if you like a crisp crust.

For the topping:

  1. 1  8 oz pack of mushrooms
  2. 1/2 onion
  3. 1 tomato
  4. 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  5. 1/3 + 2 tbsp your favourite barbecue sauce (mine is Sweet Baby Ray)
  6. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  7. Mozzarella Cheese
  8. Cilantro
  9. salt
  10. pepper
  11. olive oil  

  • Preheat the oven on 400 deg F
  • oil the cookie sheet
  • Marinate chopped mushrooms in 2 tbsp barbecue sauce, along with some salt pepper, add very little salt as the sauce contains some salt too!
  • spread 1/3 cup barbecue sauce on the rolled pizza crust, you can add less of it (1/4cup) depending on how much you like the barbecue sauce taste..I love it so I add more
  • sprinkle chopped garlic and cheddar cheese, over it chopped onions and tomatoes and cilantro, then top it off with Mozzarella cheese (once again with the cheeses, you can add as per your wish, i love cheese but keep it to a lower side as I don't want to make the pizza unhealthy)
  • Bake it in the oven for 15-20 min, lift and check the bottom of crust to see if it has cooked enough..

Enjoy this awesome pizza!!!