Baked and Healthy, Eggless Baking, International Cuisine

Iyengar Bakery style Khara buns | Savoury Buns

Bangalore is
dotted liberally with various bakeries, with each of
them having their own claim to fame – VB Bakery or the local iyengar
bakery in every suburb. For those from Bangalore, you might remember the Khara
buns, Masala Toast, Palya Bun and the famous Dil Khush and Dil Pasand. I miss
soooo much of Bangalore these days, especially when mom and sis are there, and
I aint ! To overcome that boredom and nostalgic what started as baking bread turned into an adventure and a totally new bake by itself. 

Without boring you with the details, all I can say is that every bite
that we took of this yummy and spicy Khara buns (Khara in Kannada means spicy)
took me back to the leafy lanes of Bangalore and the holiday / weekend
afternoons we spent munching these beauties hot and fresh out of the nearest
bakery 馃檪 馃檪 The browning on top didnt happen as I expected, but
nevertheless I enjoyed making these. Any pointers on how to perfect that golden brown (what you see commercially at stores / bakeries) will be great. I dont know if this is the oven playing truant or the temperature settings or the milk wash, but am ready to learn from all of you although I followed the steps to the T for this recipe. However, it was extremely soft and yummy to munch on these. 

Even kiddo who doesnt take to savoury
bakes managed to grab some on her way out to play. S and me enjoyed this over
the weekend with steaming cups of tea (for him) and lemonade (for me). Adapted
from here, this was one
delightful evening adventure for me 馃檪 After the Moongdal Masala Buns & Wholewheat Herbed Buns, I am
sure this is another wonderful addition to the bakes at my home. I would have
gladly traded APF with wholewheat for this, but was in a predicamant how they
would turn out !


Sending this to Blogging Marathon and Raji’s event Only snacks, event by Pari. Check out the other marathoners here.


Prep time – 25 mins

Fermenting time – 2 hours + 45 mins

Bake time – 20 mins

Makes – 6 medium sized buns

Difficulty level – Medium



For the buns:

Maida – 1.5 cups + extra used for dusting and kneading if

Active dried yeast – 1.5 tsp

water – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 1.5 tsp

Butter – 2 TBSP

Salt – 1 tsp

For the Khara masala:

Onions – 1/2 cup – finely minced

Green chillies – 2 to 3 minced fine (or
use 1 tsp red chilli flakes)

Curry leaves and coriander – chopped
fine – 2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Oil 鈥 2 TBSP

Salt 鈥 to taste


Butter – 1 TBSP

Milk – to brush the buns

Sesame seeds – for topping



1)    In a bowl, mix lukewarm milk and water. Add
sugar and yeast and dissolve them. Cover with a cling wrap for 20 鈥 30 mins.
Let the yeast proof. If the mixture is flat and doesn鈥檛 turn frothy after 20
mins, throw away and start with a new batch of yeast.

2)    In a non stick pan, heat oil. Splutter cumin.
Saute the onions and minced chillies till the onions turn pink and translucent.
Add salt, coriander leaves and curry leaves. Cool the mixture thoroughly

3)    Meanwhile. Sift maida and salt together. Add the
melted butter to the proofed yeast mixture and mix well. Make a well in the dry
flour and add the yeast-butter mixture and with a whisk, stir around till you
get a sticky dough. Knead well on a oiled and clean surface for 8 鈥 10 mins
till you get a smooth dough.

4)    Now bring back the dough into the bowl again
and add the saut茅ed onions. Once again, knead it on the surface for a further 8
mins. If the dough turns sticky due to the onions, sprinkle a little more dry flour
. Line a bowl with oil, and keep the dough in this covered with a cling wrap for
2- 3 hours till it doubles

5)    Once the dough doubles, take it out and punch
in for a few minutes to release the air. Make equal portions of the dough  and flatten them into quasi flat structures.

6)    Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Grease it well and place the dough balls a little apart from each other. Cover
and let them rise for the second time (approx 45 mins 鈥 1 hour)

7)    In the last 10 mins of the 2nd
rise, preheat oven to 190 deg C. After the 2nd rise, gently apply
milk on the buns and sprinkle sesame seeds.

8)    Bake at 180 deg C for 15  – 17 mins til the tops turn light brown.

9)    Once done, immediately brush them with some
more butter (they stay softer this way). Serve as a evening snack for your family




  1. Delicious Buns..They have come out perfectly.. My post for the day is buns too.. 馃檪
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  2. The Pumpkin Farm

    looks lovely…and pictrues are fabulous

  3. When I visited Blr last year, I made sure to taste some (read lot) khara buns. This is one of my favourite, even when I baked the top did not brown as much as I would have liked. Thanks for linking this to my event.

  4. Archana Vivek

    Delicious buns

  5. Chef Mireille

    wonderful spiced buns..bookmarking this one!!!

  6. Those Khara Buns are looking so good Kalyani. I hoping the baking experts would answer your question regarding the shine, else ask in the forum if they miss out..:)

  7. Gayathri NG

    Soft n flavorful buns…

  8. Priya Suresh

    Wonderful looking buns, can see that you brushed ur buns with milk, for eggless baking usually i brush the buns with butter before baking to get the top brown..Hope this helps..

  9. KrithisKitchen

    I love khara buns from bangalore bakeries.. yumm!

  10. Spice up the Curry

    looks great. love it

  11. Good one! Love savory bakes!!

  12. FewMinute Wonders

    I love reading your post. It is very enjoyable. I think you need to add baking powder/ soda to get it to brown if you baking without eggs. It gives the golde/ brown toasted color you are looking for. I am reading about bread baking now, because I need to bake perfect bread by this year end.

  13. Buns look fresh and inviting and how can a child resist them! As matter fact, even adults.

  14. Have been hearing so much about the khara buns from B'lore …should definitely try it once, bookmarking it. Jayanthi (

  15. Nice khara buns..would taste so good with tea.

  16. Suma Gandlur

    Inviting buns.

  17. I too miss these buns will surely give this a try and let you know if I can come up with the perfect browning.

  18. i used to love khara buns & you got me nostalgic too.. loved butter sponge & the iyengar bakery in jayanagar too :)..bookmarking this & i am going to make them soon!

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  19. yummy khara buns, perfect with tea.

  20. I love these buns. Found it easier to buy and enjoy instead of baking though I want to make this at home. Looks very tempting 馃檪

  21. saffronstreaks

    we too love the stuffs from Iyengar bakery, but has not tried their buns, this looks so appetizing and perfect to T.
    I have tagged you with 7*7 award , do try it out.
    looking fwd to ur link fest.

  22. I have spent 1.5 best years of my life in Bangalore and ofcourse, trip to a Iyengar bakery was a every other day occurance! Thanks for reviving those memories! 馃檪

  23. preeti garg

    look awesome…perfect baked

  24. Bookmarked.

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