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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Burger Buns


I have been planning to make burgers from scratch forever now. Finally I achieved this grand ambition last month when we had the Burger theme for the Blogging Marathon. Smart girl that I am, I immediately saved up the burger bun recipe for Bake-a-thon. So here it is.


Recipe from here.

Makes 4 buns


Lukewarm water                          1/4 – 1/2 cup

Butter, room temp                       1 tbsp

Egg, small                                       1

All purpose flour                          1  3/4 cup

Sugar                                                2 tbsp

Salt                                                    3/4 tsp

Instant yeast                                  1 1/2 tsp

Melted butter                                 2 tbsp


  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl to form a dough
  • Set aside in a greased bowl for an hour or till the dough doubles in bulk
  • Punch down the dough and divide it into 4 parts
  • Roll each part into a round bun and place them on a greased baking tray
  • Set aside for an hour or till the buns appear puffy
  • Preheat the oven to 190 C
  • Brush the buns with half of the melted butter
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes till the top of the buns are golden brown
  • Remove from the oven and brush with the balance melted butter
  • Cool the buns on a wire rack
  • Enjoy with a patty of your choice!





This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016