Zaatar & Cheese Buns | Perfect Ladi Pav

Nothing can beat the aroma of freshly baked bread or the satisfaction of having something fresh out of the oven. I wonder why I don't breads as often as I should. I guess getting the right texture and crumb of the bread is bit tricky. And if it's not accepted by kids then whole task becomes a duhh...

Today marked the official beginning of the summer holidays for the kids. After almost 3 months of online learning, we managed to complete the academic year successfully. If someone had asked me about the concept of kids attending live classes from home, every single day, I wouldn't have believed. But then who would have. 2020 has thrown such us by such surprise, we have seen the most unprecedented of the times. It has thrown all of us out of our comfort zones, and forced us to adopt to the new normal. 

We think we are facing a lot, when we have to make sense of all the world news, the political scenario, the economic crisis, the personal losses. But it's the poor kids who have been thrown out of the waters. Their security blankets - their school, their friends, their outdoor playtime, their routines all stripped to a mere screen. Their window to the outside world. And little souls, have to decode the new dynamics of the world. 

Yet they have done an amazing job of living every single day, of this lockdown, with hope and smiles. And have brought rays of sunshine in the otherwise gloomy times. To celebrate the completion of this successful joint venture of online schooling, we kickstarted the summer holidays with a nice breakfast. 

The buns were golden and soft and airy. They were finished off right away. So couldn't click proper pictures. But was too excited to share them with you. Will surely make them soon and take better pictures. Till then enjoy the recipe!


I made with 3 types of fillings. Zaatar, Cheese and Chocolate. But they can be enjoyed plain too, with olive oil or herbed butter.


  • 1 tsp yeast

  • 1 -2  tsp sugar

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 2 ¼ cup flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 1 egg

  • 125 ml milk

  • 3 tbsp butter (softened)


  1. Mix sugar to warm water. Sprinkle yeast. Let it bloom for about 10 mins.

  2. Add flour, salt and baking powder in a big bowl. Add rest of the ingredients, along with bloomed yeast. Knead to a soft dough. No need to add extra water

  3. Dough will be very sticky. Add little flour if needed. Once done, apply little oil in the palm and knead nicely with the force of the palms, to activate gluten.

  4. Make a bowl, with fold slides down. Apply little oil in the bowl and keep to rest in the bowl with cling wrap. Leave to rest for 1-2 hours till it doubles in size.

  5. Knock off the air and then divide into 8-9 small balls. Shape each ball and place in a baking tray to rise again. 

  6. Add fillings at this stage and then place back in the pan. Apply egg wash and put in a preheated oven at 180 for 15-20 mins, till golden brown.

Filling Suggestions:

  1. Cheese - MIx mozzarella cheese, with salt, pepper, oregano, 

  2. Zaatar - Mix Zaatar with little olive oil

  3. Nutella

  4. Potato 

  5. Paneer and peas

  6. Mushroom & spinach

  7. Corn & cheese

  8. Chicken

Recipe Credit - Charisma


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