Sweet Buns

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The sweet buns are served as special tea time sweet snacks in Konkan region of Maharashtra. These buns are mild sweet, soft and fluffy in texture. My father used to make these buns daily early morning in our Meghdhoot Restaurant which is located in the Shiroda market. I learnt this recipe from him. These sweet buns are very popular in Goa and Mangalore. But it is prepared differently in Maharashtra.

Preparation Time –  10 mins

Fermentation – 8 hrs

Cook Time – 20 mins

Total Time – 8 hrs : 30 mins


  •  4 or 5 bowl Maida (all purpose flour)
  • 1 bowl powder sugar / caster sugar
  • 1 Bowl water
  • 1/2 bowl oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pinch baking soda
  • Liquid food colour – yellow (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

Serves: 5 persons

Directions / Procedure :

  1. In a large mixing bowl take above ingredients – Water, Sugar, Oil, Cumin seed, Baking soda and Salt. Mix all ingredients very well till the sugar is dissolved completely. Add liquid food colour for colouring purpose only.
  2. Add Maida in above mixture and knead everything properly well together and prepare dough. If required knead 5 minutes more till turns smooth dough. Cover it with lid and keep aside to fermentation for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, knead the dough once again and make small lemon size balls of this dough.
  4. Apply some Maida so it does not stick and roll the balls in circular shape like puri. But make it thicker than puri.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep-frying pan / kadai on medium flame gas. Fry the buns from both side till it turn golden brown. Remove the buns from hot oil and place it in a kitchen paper.
  6. Serve these sweet yummy buns with your tea or coffee.

Tips / suggestions:

  • If you plan to prepare buns is in the morning snacks then prepare dough in previous night. If you plan buns in the evening snacks, then prepare dough in morning. For fermentation minimum 8 hours are required.
  • Number of buns you can prepare is depends on the size of balls of the dough.
  • These buns can be kept for 1 – 2 days without refrigerator.
  • Liquid food colour is optional. Instead of food colour use turmeric powder
  • Always fry buns on medium flame gas.

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  1. These look yummy! Don’t need to be baked.

    In Odisha, there is a pitha called ‘Kakara’ that looks like this. It’s made of wheat-flour or semolina. It is fried in oil. The dough doesn’t need to be fermented though.

    • Varsha Baikar

      Thanks Anita 🙂 Please do share the Kakara recipe on your blog. It will be interesting to know more about the same.

  2. Looks Tasty…and tasty it would be!

  3. Wow, reminds me of my annual Goa trips.

    • Varsha Baikar

      Yes, you are right Rupali. Sweet Buns are available in Goa too. But the preparation is different.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments 🙂

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