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Sri Lankan fish bun Recipe - Malu Paan

Spicy fish filling filled inside a soft bun
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings: 4 people


  • Oven


Dough recipe

  • 220 g Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 50 ml Milk Fresh
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 7 g Yeast Instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp Water Warm
  • 1 tsp Sugar White sugar


  • Add the yeast, sugar, water in a small bowl and mix well and leave aside for 10 minutes until it froths
  • Place flour, salt, milk powder, butter and egg, mix well using a rubber spatula or spoon Once the yeast has froth, then add the yeast mixture into the flour and mix it with a rubber spatula until fully incorporated
  • Apply flour onto the work surface and dough. Transfer the dough on to the surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes ( If you have a stand mixer with the dough hook, then use the dough hook which will help to knead the dough easily)
  • Shape it to a log shape and portion it into 6 equal pieces
  • Using your palm in a circular motion, make smooth balls by pressing it downwards and rotating it in one place
  • Dust a tray with flour and place the dough balls on the tray leaving sufficient gaps in between. Cover with a damp cloth, let it rise in a warm area until doubled in size
  • Once doubled in size dust flour to the work surface and flatten the edges of the dough. don't flatten the middle as it needs to be fluffy
  • Add 2 Tbsp of the filling inside, click here to get my filling recipe the flatten dough and fold it to give a triangular-shaped bun
  • Dust flour on to a baking tray and place the fish buns on the tray leaving a sufficient amount of space in between the buns. The unfolded surface should face up
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for the second time in a warm area
  • After it has risen, egg wash the top of the fish buns
  • Preheat the oven at 200C
  • Bake it in the oven for 15-17 minutes until it has golden brown colour on the top
  • Once it comes out of the oven the top will be hard. Leave it outside for 10 minutes until it softens.
  • Enjoy immediately

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