15 Nov 2014

No Knead Savoury Buns | Khara Buns | Masala Buns

These no knead buns are perfect to have for evening snacks, so easy and simple to make that even yeast beginners can master it, without fear! They are so soft and so flavorful! The best part about these buns are that, they don't require any kneading! Just mix the ingredients like you do for a cake and let it rise! Easy peasy! But please go through the notes section before proceeding with the buns.

No Knead Savoury Buns

Preparation time - 1 hr 30 mins | Cooking time - 20 mins | Serves - 18 to 20 muffin sized buns
Recipe Category - Snacks | Recipe Cuisine - World | Adapted from - here

  • All purpose flour / maida - 2 and 1/4 cups
  • Yogurt (curd) - 4 tbsp
  • Garlic - 6 pearls
  • Instant yeast - 2 tsp (active dry yeast - 2 and 1/4 tsp)
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Warm water - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Onion - 2/3 cup, chopped (about 2 onions)
  • Red chilli flakes - 2 tsp or green chillies - 2 large chopped
  • Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped

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No Knead Savoury Buns

1. In a bowl, add the warm water, yeast and sugar. If using active dry yeast, you will have to proof the yeast for 10 minutes. If using instant yeast, continue along.

2. Add the oil, yogurt. Sift in the flour and salt and mix gently with a spatula. 
3. Once the flour is incorporated, add the chopped onions, garlic and coriander leaves. Mix in.

4. The dough is very sticky. Do not add more flour and do not knead.
5. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave it for 45 minutes (or until the dough doubles) in a warm place and let the dough rise.

6. In the meantime, grease your muffin pan generously with oil or butter (both the cavity and the top). Do not use paper liners.
7. After the dough has doubled, stir again gently. With a spoon, scoop some dough (about 2 tbsp)into the muffin cavity. Do not fill till the rim, fill only half way through.
8. This batter makes about 18-20 muffin sized buns, but my oven cannot hold big trays hence I baked 12 buns at a time and refrigerated the rest of the dough and used it later.

9. Cover the muffin trays and let it rise for 30 minutes. 
10. Towards the end of 30 minutes, pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C if using a dark colored pan. Pre heat to 205 degrees if using a light colored pan.
11. After 30 minutes, bake the buns for 15-20 minutes. If your baking at 180, bake for 20 mins. If your baking at 205 degrees, bake for 15 minutes.

The first picture is giving the egg wash after the second rise

12. These buns don't get a dark color on top, they just become slightly golden. So do not overbake. 
13. As soon as you remove from oven, brush some melted butter on these buns. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove from pan.

No Knead Savoury Buns

1. Make sure the water is just warm and not hot. Hot water will kill the yeast.
2. Don't forget to proof the yeast for 10 minutes if using active dry yeast.
3. The dough is very very sticky. The recipe I followed called it a sticky dough and I thought I can oil my hands and shape the buns but no! This dough cannot be shaped. The dough is extremely sticky, almost liquidy. So don't even try. You can make these buns only in the muffin tray or any such mould.
4. Fill the dough only to half way of the muffin cup. Leave lots of room for the dough to rise otherwise it will overflow and stick to your tray. Grease the pan very well, all over.
5. Use any spice mix that you prefer. You can add cumin seeds or some grated veggies like carrots or peas or corn. 
6. I used a dark colored muffin pan and hence baked for 20 minutes. 
7. I gave an egg wash and hence the buns had a lovely golden crust. It's not needed though.
8. While you leave the dough to rise, leave it in a warm, draft free place. You can switch on the microwave for 2 minutes, switch it off and leave the bowl covered inside the warm microwave.

Until next time,
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  1. Well explained and easy to follow recipe... the savoury buns looks very yummy... A must try recipe! Bookmarked!

  2. Soft and fluffy buns. would be great with some tea

  3. masala buns looks yummy.wonderful idea

  4. Great savory version buns. Indeed, soft and yum.

  5. Oh love these buns. Looks super soft, YUM

  6. very nice beulah wonderful looking buns

  7. Simple, yet looks delicious. Love the buns :)

  8. These savory buns looks simple and delish....

  9. Wow!! Bun looks beautiful dear!! Love it

  10. happily have this buns with a cup of hoot coffee..

  11. these savory buns looks really beautiful and delicious..

  12. I tried the recipe. After baking on convection mode at 200c for about 35 min.. the centre is still uncooked and giving raw flavour. Please suggest.

    1. Get an oven thermometer and check your oven temperature. These buns get cooked within 20 minutes.

    2. Did u used microwave or otg. If microwave, den which mode was used.

    3. I always use the convection mode of microwave.


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