Best Ever Dinner Rolls (Half Recipe)(Soft Rolls)

BEST EVER Dinner Rolls / Indian Pav Bread / Indian Dabeli Bread
(Water Roux / Tongzhen Method)

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3 tbsp flour (King Arthur bread flour or all purpose flour)
1/2 c liquid (1/4 c water + 1/4 c milk)

Mix in saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it becomes of pudding-like consistency. Let cool.


2.5c flour
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c milk powder (Carnation nonfat dry milk powder) (optional – if you don’t have it, add that much more milk to the recipe)
1/4 c half and half (or whipping cream) (if you don’t have this, just sub with plain milk)
3/8 c milk
1 egg
2 tbsp (1/4 stick) butter
2 tsp (or one packet) yeast
1/2 tsp salt


Using stand mixer, mix all dough for 15 min. Dough will be sticky and stringy, silky and smooth.

Cover. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.


Traditional rolls: Roll dough into 6 equal-sized balls. (Add stuffing to the rolls now if you want, for example red bean paste, or potato onion mixed vegetable, or meat). Cover loosely. Let rise 30 min. Rolls will smush together.

WHAT I DID: You know around Thanksgiving, stores sell that candied lemon and orange peel fruit cake mix? I dumped a half cup of that into the dough and then proceeded as below:

Bundt: I put the little balls into a 2 small bundt pans, four to a pan, and let rise. I did this with half the dough. The other half, I put in a small loaf tin. When the balls in the small bundt pan rise, they smush together and spread all the way to the top of the pan.

Small loaf tin: Take the other half of the dough, and cut into three equal sized balls. Roll out flat. Fold into thirds (like an enchilada). Then roll up the enchilada (basically make two folds from either end again). Do this for all three balls, and place into the small loaf tin. When the balls in the small loaf tin rise, they smush together and spread all the way to the top of the pan.

Glaze with milk or egg wash (1/4 c milk or water and 1 egg, mixed well). The egg wash gives a shiny finish to the rolls, the milk wash makes the rolls brown but not shiny. I used an egg wash in the pictures above.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover loosely. Let rise 15 min to 30 min.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 min.


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