Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coconut Bun / Thenga Bun

This is a famous snack back home, you can find these soft and sweet coconut stuffed buns in almost every bakery. I have tried it several times at home and finally this time am satisfied with the outcome, and here comes the egg-less version of the coconut bun from my kitchen. :)


All purpose flour/ Maida -11/4cup
Rapid rise yeast-1teasppon
Warm milk-1/2cup
Warm water - 3 tablespoons
Olive oil - 2teaspoon
Butter -2 teaspoon

Sweetened coconut flakes -1/2cup
Sugar -1/4cup
Nuts (Cashew, Almond)- 1/4cup
Raisins- 15
Heat ghee,roast the nuts n raisins, keep it aside.
Combine the coconut flakes and sugar, cook on low heat,till the sugar melts down and put off the flame.

Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt in a wide bowl. Add the warm milk and
start kneading. Add water little by little and make soft,elastic
dough. Add the olive oil n knead for few more minutes. Keep the dough
in a greased bowl and let it rise for about 90minutes.

Punch the dough, flatten it into a round disc.(say 12-15cm diameter),
spread the stuffing, pull the edges of the disc together and make a
ball. Flatten it to fit an 8x8 greased pan, let it rise for one more
Preheat the oven to 375F, brush the raised bun with little butter,
bake the bun for approximately 35 minutes. Take it out, give a quick
butter/ghee wash, let it cool half an hour. Cut into desire shapes n enjoy!

  • Here I have used sweetened coconut flakes, instead you can use desiccated coconut flakes, in that case increase the quantity of sugar according to your taste. If using fresh coconut flakes, roast them to make dry and use it.
  • Usually tutty-fruity & dried cherries are added in the stuffing. I didn't add them, as I didn't had them in hand...instead added almonds! ;)
  • You can add couple of crushed cardamom in the stuffing for a nice aroma! :)


  1. Mee first here as well. Thenga bun really looks yummy. I remember tasting this from Iyengar Bakery in Madras. Your recipe looks simple but I am sure it must be tedious to get it right. Should try some time

  2. Your kitchen's new look is very nice Mahi

  3. Its been ages i tasted this buns, rendu yeduthukalama Mahi..

  4. Girija,its not that tedious work actually! If you are familiar in handling yeast,then its a piece of cake..sorry, piece of bun! ;)
    Thanks for the quick comment about the bun & the template!
    Priya,thaaraalama eduththukongka! :)
    thanks for stopping by!

  5. Lovely buns.... Thanks for sharing


  6. wow...the coconut buns look absolutely delicious !!!!yummy !!!

  7. love this a lot...
    looks perfect and delicious mahi :)

  8. WOW! Can't believe I haven't heard of these buns before. I love using coconuts, especially in bakes and look forward to try this recipe.

  9. Eggless version looks so good . coconut brings out the best flavour...

  10. Love da nw look Mahi.

    m.. looks yummy! Should try this.

  11. comments-ல படம்லாம் நீள நீளமாத் தெரியுது.

  12. Delicious buns..We call it Dilkush at our place,had posted it sometime back,lovely texture!!

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  13. ...hmmmm..yummy!wanna bite ?!
    ippadi keettu asaiyai thuuNdividalaamaa? Super.

  14. amazing.. its remembered my childhood.. it looks very perfect

  15. wow...thenga bun luks pefect dear....a lovely bake...yummy

  16. Thengai bun is my Dh's fave...Romba nalla irukku..u have a nice blog too

  17. oh mahi u made my kitchen!! my husbands favourite.. whenever we go kerala first thing he does is to run to nearby bakery to buy this. we recently bought oven.. still i was scared to try yeast at home.. when i saw ur recipe and also when i read you also tried a few times and now came out good .. then i gained sme confidence and tried. But with such a foolsproof recipe .. mine cameout good in the very first attempt.. and i cant believe it.. seeing my husbands expression OMG..mahi.dear thanks alot..

  18. Manu, thanks for trying the recipe anc the sweet comment! Glad that you guys liked it..thanks a bunch! Your comment made my day! :)

    Thanks very much for all your comments, dear friends!

  19. Looks awesome !!!Unga ennavarkita bake pani sent panunga pls :)


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