Homemade Dinner Rolls

Nothing can beat the goodness of home cooked food. When I first tried to make dinner rolls at home, I was really skeptical if I could really make them well but I was surprised at how easy it was. I got this recipe from Fine Cooking magazine and my family loved them. Try it out and enjoy the delicious moments with your family 🙂 ~ Kamakshi

Prep Time : 2.5 hrs                                      Cook Time : 25 mins
Serves : 12 Rolls


  • 3 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 500 gms All purpose flour ( Maida)
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • Sesame Seeds/ Poppy seeds ( optional)
  • 1 Egg to brush the dinner rolls


  1.  In a small bowl, mix the yeast and  2 tbsp sugar and dissolve it with 5 tbsp luke warm water ( should not be hot water) . Mix well and keep it aside for about 5 mins till it becomes frothy.
  2. In a big mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt , oil and mix well. Gradually add the milk and make a loosely packed dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, take the dough and knead it with your hands until the dough becomes soft and supple. Knead for about 3-5 mins. The dough should be soft but should not stick to your hands.
  4. Take a big bowl, add 1/2 tsp of oil and put the dough and make sure it is coated with oil so that it does not dry out. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for about 90 mins, till the dough nearly doubles in size.
  5. Line two 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners and lightly mist them with vegetable oil .
  6. Punch down the dough with your hands and knead it well so that all the air escapes from the dough. Using a knife, divide the dough into 12  equal pieces.
  7. Please check out the step by step guide on how to shape the dinner rolls which is available at the Fine Cooking site 🙂 ! or if find it too difficult , just make round balls or simple twists.
  8. Place each dinner roll, about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet (4 rows with 3 rolls each).  Set aside the dinner rolls at room temperature for about 30-40 mins until they just begin to swell.
  9. Just before baking,thoroughly whisk the egg with 1 Tbs. water and brush all over each roll. Sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds (if using) on the rolls.
  10. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Bake on the center rack for about 20 mins , until golden brown. Remove and let cool on a rack for 20 minutes before serving.