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Roasted Paan (Sri-Lankan Bread)

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Roasted Paan (Sri-Lankan Bread)


for 8 servings

  • 2 lb flour (950 g)
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (14 g)
  • ¼ cup butter (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar (30 g)
  • 4 tablespoons lukewarm water, to mix the yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm water (400 mL), for the dough

For oil trick:

  • ¼ cup flour (30 g)
  • ½ cup butter (80 g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 610
    Fat 20g
    Carbs 93g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 4g
    Protein 12g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Mix yeast and sugar with 4 tbsp water and let it bloom for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix together flour, butter, salt, water, and the yeast mixture into a dough. Knead well.
  3. Rest the dough for 1 hour in a slightly warm, dry place. Cover with a wet towel.
  4. Once the dough has doubled in size, knead again. Then, separate the dough into 200g balls and let them rest for 15 minutes in a flat oven pan.
  5. Knead the 200g balls into squares with a slight dome on the top. Now, apply the ‘oil trick mixture’ on the top of the dough balls.
  6. Place all the shaped dough balls in a 7” baking tray.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Once preheated, bake bread for 20-25 minutes.
  8. After 25 minutes, take the bread tray out of the oven and separate the bread pieces while hot. Lay them on a flat oven tray.
  9. Place the tray back in the oven until the tops turn golden brown, roughly 15 minutes.
  10. Serce with a curry or coconut sambal paste.
  11. Enjoy!

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