Friday, October 19, 2012

Savoury Buns | Khara Buns

Having made Stuffed Buns several times over, I wanted to give a shot at another variant form the bun family. I had short listed quiet a few and the finally got down to making this Savoury Bun or Khara Bun.

It is a common member in the bakeries in Bangalore and is a frequent visitor to our home. It is a simple mildly spiced savoury bun that can be enjoyed as is or with a cup of hot beverage. It goes well as an evening snack.

I make all my bakes with whole wheat flour, hence these savoury buns are good on the health perspective too. Made a batch of around 10 buns and stocked them up in my pantry for the family to munch on to cater to those in-between-meals hunger pangs :)

Makes: 9-10 Buns
Time (approx): 
  • Prep - 15 mins
  • Proofing - 60 mins
  • Shaping - 10 mins
  • Baking - 15 mins

All Purpose Flour (APF) - 2 and 1/2 cup
Wheat Flour - 1/2 cup
Warm Water- 3/4-1.5 cup
Instant Yeast - 3 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tbsp
Olive Oil - 1/2 tbsp

  • In mildly warm water, add sugar and yeast. Allow to sit for 4-5 minutes. The solution should begin to froth up and bubbles should appear on top.

  • Mix together APF, Wheat flour, salt, red chilli flakes, cumin seeds, cumin powder, oil, proofed yeast mix. Add extra water or flour as needed to make a firm, yet slightly sticky dough.
  • Keep this dough in a well greased bowl,  undisturbed for about an hour or hour and a half, covered with a damp cloth or with cling wrap.

  • After about an hour or hour and a half, the dough would have doubled in quantity. 

  • Make even sized balls out of the dough mix and place on greases baking tray and keep aside for another 10-15 minutes.
  • The size of the balls would have increased. Smear olive oil on top of the bun dough balls
  • Preheat the oven to 170C and bake these buns for about 8-12 minutes or until the crust start to get golden brown.
  • Take them out and gently brush olive oil or milk on top to give a gloss and to soften them a little. 

  • Serve hot with coffee or tea!

  • They can even be teamed up with jam and peanut butter!

Sending this off to
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Vandhana's Sandwiches and Burgers Event


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  2. What yummy buns, would love to have some, super liked that cross design on top

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    1. :) I get reminded of the rhyme 'hot cross buns' each time i make buns, so mark them with crosses :D

  3. wow, the buns look so good, perfect with tea. Have a sandwiches and burgers blog event, do join in.

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  4. looks soft and yummy

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  6. looks so good and love the tart feel to the buns, must have been yum

  7. Looks perfectly bakes... Yummy ones

  8. good job nans! love your yeast experiment too :D

  9. These buns look tempting... I'm sure I'd love the flavors.

  10. I love these - yours have turned our really well

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