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Irani bun maska
Maska Pav
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins

Bun Maska is a popular bread served at Iranian cafes in Mumbai. The bun is a soft bread while maska is homemade makhani or butter. It is served with desi/Indian Milk tea.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bun maska, how to make bun maska, irani bun maska, maska pav
Servings: 8 buns
  • 1 and 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 4 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk powder Refer notes for substitution
  • 3 tablespoons butter unsalted and at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup tutti frutti | candied fruits
  • Milk for brushing
  1. Add warm water + sugar + yeast to a mixing bowl. (I heated water in the microwave for 40 seconds)
    bun maska step 1
  2. Mix well and allow to sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture foams.
    bun maska step 2
  3. Meanwhile, in another bowl, whisk 4 cups all-purpose flour (reserve 1/2 cup for later) + salt + milk powder and keep aside.

    bun maska step 3
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the yeast mixture and knead for about 6 to 10 minutes until soft dough forms. Add a few tablespoons of flour as needed from the reserved 1/2 cup as needed. (Dough will be sticky, but it will be workable once you add the butter)
    bun maska step 4
  5. Now add the soft butter and knead until soft.

    bun maska step 6
  6. Add the candied fruits, knead, and bring it together into a ball.

    bun maska step 8
  7. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it rest till the dough almost doubles. It might take about 1 and 1/2 hours, depending on the temperature of your place (A turned off over with lights on, is a perfect place for proofing the dough).
    bun maska step 9
  8. Once it doubles, punch down lightly and transfer onto a lightly floured work surface.
    bun maska step 10
  9. Divide it into 8 equal parts.
    bun maska step 11
  10. Take a portion in your hand, flatten it gently and fold the outer edges inwards. It will be rough on one side. When you flip over, the other side will be smooth.
    bun maska step 12
  11. Line a baking tray lined with parchment paper or lightly grease with oil. Place the rolls on the sheet, the smooth side on top, and press it gently with the palm of your hand to flatten it slightly. Repeat with remaining rolls.
    bun maska step 13
  12. Cover with a light kitchen cloth and place it in a warm place for about 30 to 45 minutes till it almost doubles.
    bun maska step 14
  13. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Celsius | 175 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. Gently brush milk on the top and sides and bake it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or till its golden brown.
    bun maska step 15
  15. Once it is out of the oven, brush some melted butter on top for a beautiful shiny golden color.
  16. Serve warm. Slice and spread some fresh homemade butter. Flavor your homemade butter with salt, sugar, or honey for that added flavor.

Recipe Notes

Milk powder substitute: Add 1/4 cup of milk and reduce the water to 1 and 1/4 cup. Add milk and water and mix with yeast and sugar and follow the directions.