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Khara bun recipe

Khara bun is a Iyengar bakery style popular snack. These savory buns are eggless and easy to recreate at home in easy steps.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time1 hr
Servings: 6 buns


  • 1 cup All purpose flour Maida
  • ½ cup Wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • ¼ cup Water
  • cup Oil or melted butter
  • ½ tablespoon Sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoon Chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli flakes


  • Sieve the flours together in a large bowl and make a dent in the centre.
  • Heat the milk and water little(luke warm) and add sugar, yeast to it and mix well to dissolve yeast completely.
  • Optional step if you are not sure about the yeast quality: Proof the yeast before using in the recipe.
  • Yeast smell dominates because it have not worked properly in the dough. So first mix and dissolve yeast completely in lukewarm milk +water + sugar.
  • It should be lukewarm, not hot, otherwise you may kill the culture. Once completely dissolved, keep aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • It should raise and become frothy. Now, use this to make the dough.
  • If the milk doesn't raise or froth, it is not active yeast, it will not give good results, so better change your yeast, always use fresh stock. 
  • Pour this mixture in the dent. Add oil or butter, salt, chopped garlic, coriander and the chilli flakes and gather to make a pliable and loose dough.
  • Apply oil over the dough and cover the mouth of the bowl with a cling wrap with enough room for the dough to rise.
  • Keep in a warm place for an hour.
  • After an hour the dough should have raised well(refer picture).
  • Punch down the dough and make six equal sized balls and arrange it in a greased baking tray.
  • Preheat the oven to 190oC .
  • Till then the dough balls we have made will again rise a bit.
  • Brush the buns with milk and bake the buns at 190oC  for 13-15 minutes or untill the top starts turning golden colour.
  • Brush again with butter on top..


  • The dough should be very pliable and soft, if its stiff and tight you may not get soft buns.
  • If your dough doesn't rise then your yeast is not active, you may not get soft buns either.
  • Tastes and smell great even after cooling down.
  • You can add along chopped green chillies too for extra hotness!