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Pepper Pav Buns for #Breadbakers

This month for #Breadbakers, Sue of the wonderful blog A Palatable Pastime chose Peppers as the theme. I really enjoy baking of late, and this group is quite addictive. I also like the group rules coz there is a certain discipline regarding the posting date, and the themes are given out a month in advance. This makes the entire process of baking and posting an enjoyable experience, and the comments from members of this group are pretty encouraging 🙂


This month however, I had baked and clicked the bread, but a severe stomach flu has me tied to the bed since almost a week, and am typing this on my ipad, and hope the clicks come thru. 

I have edited the pics on my fone, so they are (almost) as raw as they are shot in..

The pav buns (Pav in local cuisine {Marathi} mean small dinner rolls) which are dunked in a hot and spicy gravy to make amazing street food combo meals like Pav Bhaji / Missal Pav / Vada Pav . 


I have been meaning to make these buns from scratch at home, and the addition of peppers for this theme of Breadbakers made it extra special. Thanks Sue, we love peppers in most forms, and we surely loved the spicy version of these Buns. 

Serve these warm as is with a bowl of soup, or with any spicy Indian Gravy. They freeze upto a week too so can be microwaved in batches when need be. 

Lets get to the recipe. 

Prep time – 15 mins + Rising time : 2 hours + baking time : 20-25 mins

Makes : 12 Pav Buns (medium sized)

Cuisine : fusion International

Serving Options : Soup / Spicy Gravy 


  • Basic Pizza dough made with Breadflour – 400 gms
  • Dry Red Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
  • Crushed black pepper – 1/2 TBSP
  • Coloured peppers – sliced thin (I used red and yellow, but you can use any colour) – 1/2 cup
  • Oregano – 1 tsp
  • Olive Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Butter – 2 tsp (optional, to brush the buns)



  1. Make a basic pizza dough. Once its risen, punch it down a bit and knead for 5 mins with the red chilli flakes.
  2. Saute the bell peppers in 1 tsp of oil and when they are crunchy (about 3 mins), switch off the heat.
  3. Make equal portions of the dough, and roll them into roundels.
  4. Arrange them in a greased baking pan, top them with the sauteed bell peppers.
  5. Cover and let them rise for 45 mins. Towards the end of the 2nd rise, preheat oven to 200-210C.
  6. Brush the risen buns lightly with rest of the olive oil,and sprinkle crushed black pepper on top. Bake these for 15-20 mins till golden brown, I also broiled them for an extra 3-4 mins to get that lovely golden hue
  7. Let the pav buns stay in the pan for few mins. Brush them with butter while still warm.
  8. Rest on a wire rack and consume when warm.
  9. You may cling wrap them and consume it within a week    


Breads with Peppers

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to[email protected].



  1. Those look so fluffy and great for dunking too!


    nice twist in pav buns…tempting..

  3. Chef Eileen

    These look totally addictive. I love the #Breadbakers group. I'm learning about so many new breads.

  4. This recipe looks amazing! I use a lot of chili flakes in recipes but never in buns. What a great idea!

  5. These sound delicious! Way to hang in there and get the post up =) Hope you are feeling much better!

  6. Smruti Ashar

    Kalyani these buns with pepper look so delicious. Perfect for all meals!!

  7. Sharanya palanisshami

    A great twist to the regular pav buns……. well made dear……

  8. Sharanya palanisshami

    A great twist to the regular pav buns. Well made dear……

  9. Hello Kalyani, beautiful, colourful and flavourful pav buns. They look so soft and fluffy and would go well with hot soup. I would love to try them out in my kitchen!

  10. Hope you are feeling better now Kalyani.
    Your pepper pav buns look AMAZING — love the use of different colored peppers — soo inviting and delicious.

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