Kimbula Banis | Sweet Buns


My usual modus operandi in any country theme is to look for the breads available there and try to bake atleast one such dish. I chanced upon this awesome sweet bun recipe and knew I had to make it. It is simple, tasty and makes for a perfect snack for kids.



This dish is supposed to look like a crocodile and hence the name ‘kimbula’ which means crocodile. So usually these buns are longer and bigger. But I wanted to give these for my daughter’s snack box and so made them smaller and figured these could work as baby kimbula rolls. What say?


Recipe adapted from here

Makes 15-18 buns


170 gms All purpose flour

20 gms Milk powder

1 egg

4 gms Instant yeast

15 gms Brown sugar

25 gms Sugar + for sprinkling on top

12 gms Unsalted butter

65-70 gms Warm water



  • Mix all the ingredients together, except water
  • Add the water slowly to form a soft and pliant dough
  • Knead for 2-3 minutes and keep covered in a bowl till it doubles in volume. It should take around 1 hour
  • Take out the dough and roll it with a rolling pin to a long rectangle
  • Cut the dough into small triangles with a dough scrapper or knife
  • Roll each triangle from the broad side to the narrow side
  • Line a baking tray with parchment
  • Transfer the rolled dough to the baking tray and set aside for half hour
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Sprinkle sugar generously on top of the dough buns
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till the top is golden brown
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy with some tea!


This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Sri Lankan Cuisine’.


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. They look beautiful , Sowmya. I love the nickname ‘baby kimbula’ 🙂

  2. Priya Kumar says:

    Sound like croissants. Sure kids will love their tiffinbox while opening it. Looks delicious and I feel great tea time snack as well.

  3. Simply Tadka says:

    Wow. Looks perfectly done.. awesome bread.

  4. Priya Suresh says:

    Even i baked this kimbula banis for the same theme, love this mini version of kimbula banis. Dunno why even i look always for the breads, same pinch Sowmya.

  5. Pavani says:

    OMG, those sweet buns look soo cute and adorable. Soft and delicious too 🙂

  6. The ‘baby’ kimbula buns do look really cute… remember Priya akka baking these as well… looks like Sri Lanka does have their fair share of some decent bakes… 🙂

  7. I am in love with the babu Kimbula buns. I have never heard of this, but now that I know about these, I am bookmarking to try these soon. I love the Sri Lankan theme for all their delicious bakes.

  8. usha says:

    Baby kimbula rolls are so cute and inviting. I like your modus operandi and each country has its own share of breads. Since you love baking breads, it also gives you an opportunity to bake breads around the world!

  9. Srivalli Jetti says:

    You know what? I somehow knew you will make this recipe..hehehe..very lovely choice and I was so keen to make it but couldn’t..this goes to bookmark for sure!

  10. Sapana Behl says:

    Oh wow how beautiful the buns are looking. Love the flaky crust of these buns.

  11. Suja Ram says:

    Those look like Croissant na? And I love your mini version and admire how creatively you have named them too!

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