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Iyengar Bakery Style Masala Buns | How to make savoury Buns

We enter Day 2 of the Bakeathon. This was one of the first bakes to be ready for this marathon. Having grown up in Bangalore with its umpteen bakeries, these buns along with Bakery style ToastOmkaalu biscuits(carrom seed bread sticks), Khara Buns, Potato Buns, Khara Biscuits, baked NipattuVeg Puffs were the favorites that we loved to munch upon sometimes after school πŸ™‚ 

Grandpa used to ensure our favourites were available atleast once a week and we used to jump on these goodies like hungry devils !  Sigh! wish those carefree days came back where we could eat to our heart’s content without reading the calories or needing to login in the eats in a smartphone app πŸ™‚

Well, today’s recipe is adapted from Sandhya’s blog. Although I had made savoury buns earlier, wasn’t happy with the way it turned out. But this recipe is a keeper. I pretty much followed the steps with minor variations, and it was a winner. With some butter slathered on these warm buns accompanied by hot coffee / tea , it’s a warm invitation after a long day and makes an excellent snack. Thanks Sandhya for a lovely recipe :-))


Iyengar Bakery Style Masala Buns – savoury snack

Prep time : 25 mins (incl kneading time) |  standing / proofing time : 45 mins + 30 mins | Baking time : 15-18 mins | Makes : 8-10 buns (medium sized)

You would need: (here 1 cup = 240 ml)

  • All purpose flour – 3/4 cup 
  • Wholewheat flour – 3/4 cup + 1/3 cup for kneading / dusting
  • Instant yeast – 2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 Β½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Water – ΒΌ cup plus 2 tbsp (I didn’t use all of it)
  • Butter – 2 tbsp + 1 Tbsp (to brush the buns) – use vegan butter to make the vegan

For the onion mixture – 

  • Onion – ΒΎ cup (finely chopped)
  • Green chilies – 3 or 4 (finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro – finely chopped (3 tsp)
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Salt – as needed 
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder  – 1/2 TBSP


  • Sesame seeds – 1 TBSP (optional)




  1. Heat the oil, splutter the cumin and fry the onions till translucent,switch off, add salt and chillies and keep aside to cool. 
  2. Proof the yeast with sugar and warm water in a kitchenaid bowl. Add the flours, salt, milk, melted butter and the proofed yeast. Knead to a soft dough for 8 mins. 
  3. Now add the sautΓ©ed onion spice mix, and knead by hand till well incorporated. Add extra flour 1 TBSP at a time if needed to bring it to a firm texture. But don’t add too much flour else it will dry up. The salt will ensure it becomes slightly soggy so don’t be tempted to add more flour
  4. Knead to smooth and elastic dough and cover and let it rise for 1 hour.
  5. Once its risen, knead for 1-2 mins, and pinch out equal balls and smoothen with the heel of your palm into buns. Place a little apart on a lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 30 mins. If the temperature is humid as it was for me, the buns rise quite a bit
  6. Towards the end of the 2nd rise, preheat the oven to 190C, brush them with a little warm milk honey mixture.  Sprinkle sesame seeds if using.
  7. Bake the buns till golden brown or slightly browned on the top. If still pale, take them out of the oven, brush with little butter and grill them for 2 mins.
  8. Rest the buns on the baking sheet. Rub immediately with more butter to get a softer crust.
  9. Serve warm. Freezes well for upto 1 week. Before serving, warm in a microwave for 30 seconds and serve this with tea & a slather of butter.



This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2017


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  1. vaishali sabnani

    Unfortunately I never saw my grandfather , it was dad who always pampered us , but most of the times it was the atta biscuits . These buns with onion flavour look awesome and so flavourful .

  2. These buns sounds fantastic Kalyani..Grandparents really pamper so much, so nice to read about your grandpa!

  3. I have made these once, I guess it was for the WKTB challenge and they were amazing! Haven't had the original one though and never remembered it when we went for a fast trip to Bangalore this time… They look so good to have with a cup of hot chai with the current mausam we are having…

  4. Foodiliciousnan

    I've had these too and I love them. Never managed to replicate them though! Will try yours out

  5. Love these spicy savory buns. Such fond memories of childhood are difficult to forget.

  6. These are so amazing! My neighbour in Chennai owned an Iyengar bakery and I am sure we must have been responsible for more than half his sales. These buns are making me so nostalgic, not to mention hungry! Have to try them ASAP!

  7. Priya Suresh

    Wish i get those ultimate masala buns rite from my lappy screen, they looks absolutely irresistible.

  8. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Looks fantastic Kalyani! Masala buns with some
    Hot chai is all needed now for the weather here!

  9. Chef Mireille

    this savory bun sounds so flavorful – kind of like the Indian version of a British pastie

  10. cookingwithsapana

    I have to try these super famous Iyenger style buns someday. Very delicious and inviting looking they are.

  11. Super buns Kalyani. We have an Iyengar bakery here and my kids love these buns .They are a bit spicy for their taste yet they enjoy it. Now you have left me craving for these delicious buns..

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