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5 from 3 votes

Laadi Pav for Pav Bhaji

Laadi Pav
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp nondairy milk + 1 tsp canola or other vegetable oil for brushing the top of the rolls
  • 3 tbsp canola or other vegetable oil


  • Mix the sugar, 1/2 cup warm water and the yeast in a mixing bowl and set aside for about 10 minutes until the mixture starts to froth, indicating the yeast is alive and well.
  • Sift the flour and baking soda into the bowl. Knead on low speed in a stand mixer or by hand for about 3 minutes, trickling in enough warm water until you have a dough that's smooth but slightly sticky (I needed 3/4 to 1 cup of water).
  • Add the oil and continue to knead until the oil has been absorbed by the dough, about 1 more minute.
  • Now place in an oiled bowl, turning over once to coat all over with oil, cover with a kitchen towel, and set aside for 2 hours until the dough has risen.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into 8 balls
  • Shape them into a slightly rectangular shape by pulling at the sides of the dough and tucking under on all four sides.
  • Place the tolls in a rectangular 9 X 13 inch baking dish smeared with oil and lightly floured, or on a cookie sheet, close enough but not touching each other. Let the rolls rise for 30 minutes. They will join at the ends when they have risen, creating a slab that you break the baked rolls off from. (In India, laadi pav is sold in slabs by a vendor on a bicycle who makes his rounds each morning or evening. Laadi, unless my Marathi's really rusty, translates to slab in Marathi.)
  • Preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Brush the tops of the pavs with the soymilk-oil mixture which gives them a nice color on top.
  • Bake 22 minutes. Then turn off the oven and let the pav stand inside for another 4 miuntes before removing it from the oven and allowing it to cool for 10 minutes on a rack.