Savory buns/ khara buns

khara bunsI have fond memories of eating these khara buns before my CA classes which I used to get from a bakery in Mylapore near my class. These and the cream filled buns were my favorite. I used to buy each one day on the way to my class, hungrily devour them on the spot and rush to the classes. Since then I haven’t had these khara buns anywhere.I recently ate the cream buns in a bakery in Kodaikanal. The owner of the bakery gave us those buns fresh out of the oven!! And I was in heaven!! Few days back I was reminded of these buns and since I had made pav buns earlier with great success, I felt daring and wanted to try these buns today hoping I would get a good result this time too. After referring to a lot of websites for a recipe, I adopted this recipe. I must say it took me back to that little bakery in mylapore 🙂 They make an awesome tea time snack.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1-2 tsp chilli flakes ( use as required)
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • oil
  • 2tbsp melted butter
  • sesame seeds as required for garnish


Take half of the warm water, add sugar and yeast and let it proof.

In a pan add 1 tsp oil, and when it becomes hot add cumin seeds and onions and fry it till the onions become translucent.

add chilli flakes, salt, finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame and let it cool

In a deep bowl, add the flour, salt as needed, the yeast mixture, butter, remaining milk and water and kneed it to a smooth dough. You might have to kneed it for 10-12 minutes.

Spread the dough and place the onion mixture inside. Fold the edges of the dough to make and ball and start kneeding again until you incorporate all of the onion mixture into the dough.You may find the dough getting wet because of the moisture from the onion filling. In that case, take a tbsp or more of flour and kneed until it is fully incorporated and you get a smooth dough again.

Let the dough sit in an oiled bowl and cover it with a cling wrap or towel.

Leave it in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Once the dough has doubled, kneed it again for a couple of minutes and make equal sized balls of the dough.

place them in a baking tray lined with parchment paper and let them sit for about half an hour.

You will noticed  that the dough has doubled again.

Apply egg wash on the dough and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

Bake them in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 12-15 minutes.(until the top is browned)

Let them cool for a bit and serve 🙂

Note :

Make sure you add enough salt.

You can add any flavoring of your choice.

You can finely chopped garlic while sauteing the onions for extra flavor.

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