Pav is one of the most common bread used in many delicious street foods in India,like vada pav, pav bhaji , dabeli etc. Generally we purchase pav from market whenever plan to make any of these street foods at home. But have you ever tried baking your own pav at home? No , then try this simple recipe of perfectly soft and fluffy pav at home and I bet , you will never buy these from market from that day onwards. The aroma of freshly baked pav will enhance your craving for these foods. I also used chapatti flour to make these instead of apf , which makes it more eligible to try at home recipe. Chapatti flour has intermediate texture of apf and whole wheat flour, so I prefer it for all my baking experiments and results are always awesome. You can use any flour as per your preference and availability. Hope you will definitely give it a try and come up with your feedback too.
Stepwise recipe is given below, do try ☺️.
SOFT AND FLUFFY PAV ( FROM CHAPATTI FLOUR)
Time: 40 mins ( excluding proofing and rising time)
4 + 1/3 cup all purpose flour or chapatti flour
1 cup warm milk/ water
1/4 tsp yeast ( for quick rise use 2tsp)
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup Luke warm water+milk ( 50:50)
1 /2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil or butter
First of all add 1 tbsp sugar to 1/2 cup water+milk, now add yeast and stir gently. Keep it at warm place for 10-15 mins or till it become nice frothy.
Now take 4 cup flour , butter/ oil , salt, remaining sugar, milk and yeast mixture. Mix it to a sticky dough.
Now knead the dough for 5-7 mins, if you find it more sticky even after kneading then add remaining flour , little at a time. Generally dough become less sticky after kneading some more. Now let it rest for 5-7 mins and then again knead for 4-5 mins. Till then your dough will become nice bouncy and non sticky. Now apply some oil all over the dough and cover it. Place the dough at some warm place like inside your oven or microwave.
Let it rise for 4-6 hrs if you used 1/4 tsp yeast and 2-3 hrs if used 2 tsp yeast. It must become double the initial volume, so give sufficient time to rise for perfect pav.
**Rising time depend on weather too, if you are in colder place then better keep the dough in closed oven or microwave or in tightly tied plastic bag. For warmer places, you can keep on your counter top.
When it rose to double, punch the dough and knead for another 4-5 mins.
Now cut the dough in equal size balls , nearly 16- 20 regular size pav will be prepared from this much dough. I made small , so got 32 pav.
Make nice round balls and place on a greased or butter paper lined baking tray. Arrange all balls at some distance as it will rise again and fill the gap itself.
Now again cover the tray and place on a warm place for another 1/2-1 hr for second rise.
Give ample time for second rise too, it should almost rise to double for soft pav.
Now brush each pav with milk and bake for 15 mins at 200degree C in a preheated oven. If your pav is not enough golden after 15 mins then increase the temperature to 230 degree C and bake it for another 2-5 mins or till you get your desired color.
Now take it out from oven and brush it with butter to maintain its softness. Let it cool on a wire rack and then enjoy making your favorite street food with these homemade beauties.
** Kneading and resting and again kneading is very important step in gluten formation, so don't skip it to get perfect fluffy pav.
*you can also use water to knead your dough but using milk will enhance the flavour and aroma to many folds.
* For nice buttery flavour use butter instead of oil while kneading.
** Always check your yeast, if it's not getting frothy then discard it and use another yeast.
Water used to dissolve yeast must be Luke warm, neither cold nor hot other wise your yeast will not bloom.
* I don't like too much yeasty smell in my bread so used less yeast and gave more resting time. But if you want to prepare it in less time then use more yeast as suggested.
Keeping these points in mind, just try this recipe , you will never fail.
Kids love this utterly butterly pav, so you can give this in their tiffin or in evening snacks. You can bake it in advance and serve different types of street foods on demand.
Hope you will love to try your hands on this bread and please don't forget to share your experience with me. Your valuable comments and suggestions are precious to me, so keep pouring.