Thursday 13 June 2013

Curry Buns

When I saw Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids post these Chicken Curry Buns which were her childhood favourite, I had to make them for myself as well. I, too, grew up eating these from the neighbourhood bakeries. 

What is so delicious about these buns is really the sweet bread which encases the curry filling. The soft and fluffy bun, encasing a curried filling, is too good to resist. The recipe for the buns produced a bread that is soft and almost cotton like when freshly baked. It is exactly like the one I know from the bakeries. 

As I did not use the dough improver, the buns were not quite as soft the next day. However, they were still absolutely delicious. The sweetness of the buns contrasts well with the spicy curry filling.

Curry Buns (10 pieces)
Adapted from Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, who adapted from I Can Bake by Agnes Chang

Basic Sweet Bun Dough 



  • 400 g high protein flour, sifted (Bread flour)
  • 100 g low protein flour, sifted (I used cake flour)
  • 1 tsp bread improver, optional (I did not use)
  • 10 g milk powder
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 100 g castor sugar (I used 50 g)
  • 1 egg 
  • 220 ml water
  • 75 g butter / margarine (I used 75 g of olive oil)
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1/8 tsp salt 

Pandan leaves cut into 1 cm strips, 10 pieces

  • Put all ingredients A into a bowl or breadmaker and mix into a smooth dough (I mixed for 20 mins in the breadmaker)
  • Add B (the butter or oil) and continue to knead until gluten has developed and it can be stretched into a very thin layer. 
  • Cover with a piece of damp cloth and leave to rise until it doubles in bulk. (1 hour)
  • Punch down and knead again until smooth. 
  • Divide into desired portions (85 to 90g) and shape into balls. 
  • Cover with damp cloth and rest for 10-15 mins
  • Fill with the curry filling (recipe below) and shape into rounds. Tie each bun with 1 strip of pandan leave.
  • Leave to rise till double (about 30 mins).
  • Egg wash, and bake at 200*C for about 15 mins. 

Chicken Curry Filling

2 tbsp oil 

A: 2 tbsp curry powder, mixed with 3 tbsp water
1 big onion, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves 

B: 200 g chicken meat, cut into small cubes (I replaced with 200 g potatoes)
2 boiled potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 tsp chicken stock granules (I used mushroom seasoning)
1/2 tsp salt 
3 tbsp water 

For the filling, heat up oil, saute A until fragrant. Add B, stir well and cook until dry. Taste. Dish up and leave to cool. Put aside. 

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Miss B from Everybody Eats Well in Flandersat this post.


  1. Hi, This is popular here in India too! Can you leave it in the fridge after the first rise and bake in the morning?

    1. Hi, I think you should leave it in the refrigerator after the 2nd rise (the 15 min) session, and have the buns all wrapped up with curry filling and ready. Then the next morning, take it out and let it rise one last time till double and then bake.

  2. Hi MIch,
    I love curry buns too.
    Looking at yours i started to miss them:D

    Have a lovely week ahead.

  3. Mich, I love curry buns and yours is making me very hungry!

  4. Woo! This curry buns are nice for breakfast tomorrow !

  5. These curry buns look so beautiful with a knotted banana strip.

  6. what lovely buns look amazing! love buns!

  7. Yap, I saw these on Zoe's site too. Nice work, Mich! I could pop quite a few in my mouth. Lol!

  8. I love curry buns too. Yours look so cute, tied up like a beautiful parcel!

  9. Mich, these buns certainly bring back childhood memories. Yes the sweet buns :)) exactly the type from the old school bakeries. Nw i definitely to to try this one, can i use my breadmaker until punch down step? Thanks

  10. wow 。。 look so nice ! Yummy yummy ~

  11. Hi Mich,
    Yes, this is definitely "an evergreen bun"!! Haha! I guess all of us have eaten dozens of these buns. Looks really good!

  12. Lovely idea Mich and so pretty the way you present them. I would love these for packed lunches and am bookmarking.

  13. I love these buns when I saw Zoe making them but I don't have the time to make it! Hope I can make it this weekend, now that I have seen yours and got totally inspired again lol!

  14. Mich what a wonderful surprise inside these buns!! YUM!

  15. Mmm, yep Zoe's buns were fantastic :D
    Good on you for making them so deliciously!


  16. What a perfect lunch idea! I wonder if the buns taste anything like French brioche! Great to become acquainted with childhood favourites!

  17. I can have some right now. Too lazy to cook anything today. Actually, just came back from my yearly PAP smear check up. A bit moody though ! I shouldn't feel that way cause today is my big day lol. >o<
    Enjoy your weekend dear.

  18. Oh wow! This is also one my childhood goodies that I love to eat! Yours looks so delicious with lots of mouthwatering curry filling! YUM!

  19. The curry buns are never that pretty in Hong Kong. I love your festive spring onion ribbons.

  20. This is lovely: tasty and filling buns. Perfect for lunch. I'd love these with a bowl of salad!

  21. These just remind me of my young of my favourite buns. Must be ages since I last ate one. Didn't see any when I went back recently. I think my town is too small....hmmm. Actually I'm already feeling sleeping but now I'm fully awake after I saw these most delicious looking curry buns :D I have to blame you for that....haha. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  22. Oh Mich!!!! Your curry buns look so perfect and extra cute with the pandan leaves! Pinned it...and hope to make it someday...soon!

  23. i like how you use the pandan leaf to tie round the buns..very asian feel !

  24. Mich , I haven't tried curry buns before :P Your buns look fantastic esp with the pandan leaf around it !

  25. Hi Mich, I grew up eating these too. I rmbr going to the bakery opposite our school with my friends after school and getting a chicken curry bun. :)

  26. I've never heard or tried these before. What a shame! Thankfully I have this lovely post to point in the right direction. I need to remedy this problem. And asap! These look and sound just delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  27. What a delicious surprise inside these buns :) These look great!

  28. These would make perfect picnic food. They look delicious.

  29. Mich, they look awesome and so Indian esp with the filling!!

  30. These look AMAZING! I love the idea of them, great flavours and so cute too. I would love to be tucking in to one of those now!

  31. These look sooo awesome! I wish I had a few for lunch. I want to make them with peas and coriander. Yum!!

  32. These curry buns look so cute...I too saw this on Zoe's post :D
    I love the little knots on the buns...
    Have a great week Mich!

  33. I have seen Zoe's curry buns and now yours, they all look so tempting, gonna bookmark on my to-do-list!

  34. Hi Mich... wow... your curry bun look really good. Very well baked! 2 thumbs up for you.

    Best regards.

  35. Hi Mich,

    Glad that you like these buns too! I actually made them with an overnight sponge and used all the spices on half amount of the chicken filling (like doubling the curry seasonings)... Another blogger, Quinn said that it wasn't flavorsome for him. After reading his post, I made mine with double amount of seasoning and the buns are great for me. Did you double up your seasoning? My husband said that the next buns are just ok and that's because they are the non-curry ones and there is no more curry ones for him :p


  36. Ur curry bun looks perfect . I am just drooling over. Loved the clicks. I am trying them soon