BM #104 Day 17 -

This delight from the famous Iyengar Bakery in parts of South India is very dear to me. This year it has occupied a much more special place in my life.

Last month, my husband did his research, got the required ingredients and with the help of my kids, baked this as a surprise for me. No, it wasn't my birthday or anniversary or any special event. It was just a random weekend and he pulled it off all on his own while the kids were keeping me busy and away from the kitchen. 

Keep in mind that he has never baked anything in his life barring reheating a frozen pizza at the most.

I had to take the pictures in the dim lighting but I am sure he would bake it again and again and so I will plan on updating with better pictures.

The recipe here is from the notes he had made and later on I pestered him to let me know the source and so this post.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour / Maida 2 cups
Salt 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Milk, warm 1/2 cup
Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Cooking Oil 2 Tbsp
Filling - 
Coconut Powder 1 cup
Brown Sugar 1/4 cup
Tutti Fruti 1/2 cup
Cashews, chopped 1/4 cup
Almonds, chopped 2-3 Tbsp
Butter, Melted 2-3 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -
To prepare the dough - 
Add sugar and yeast to warm milk and set aside for about 7-8 minutes in a warm place for proofing the yeast.

Sift the flour, add salt and oil to it and gradually add the yeast solution and knead for about 5-6 minutes to get a soft and pliable dough. [I used an electric stand mixer for the job.]

Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a draft-free, warm place for about 1 1/2 hours.

To Prepare the filling - 
In a mixing bowl, add coconut powder, tutti fruti, chopped cashews and almonds, brown sugar and melted butter. Mix well and set aside.

To make Dil Pasand - 
After 1 1/2 hours, the dough would have doubled. Deflate the dough, and make 6 equal portions.

Roll each portion into a 6 inch circle about 1 centimeter thick. 

Spread the filling generously and evenly on one disc and cover it with another disc sealing the edges. Make a couple of gashes on the top of the discs. Repeat for 2 more.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

Place the three discs on a lined baking tray (use two baking trays if needed) and place in the preheated oven. Bake it for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Brush with melted butter (Optional) and slice when they are slightly cool.

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Preparation Time 2 hours + 30 minutes baking time
Makes 3 ( 6 inch diameter)


  1. I bet you would be over the moon to see this , baked by hubby ! Kudos on his first bake . Dil Pasand ! The name itself is quite interesting ! And I am sure it tasted awesome with all these ingredients .

  2. Suma Gandlur Says:
  3. It seems like I have left behind childhood favorites along with the homeland when I saw these kind of dishes and nostalgia hits. These were called chowka buns locally and I loved these along with vegetable puffs and honey cake, a version which I no longer see in my hometown.
    It is so endearing to hear that your family planned this kind of surprise to you. Pass on the message that your husband has done a great job on his first attempt.

  4. Kalyani Says:
  5. Harini - That’s a Lovely surprise u had from ur hubby! These kind of moments Makes life so much more worth loving :) just dropped in by to see amen bookmark the recipe !

  6. It's one of my childhood favourites Harini, missed it while living in US but that was one of the ones I wanted to get my hands on when I moved back to India. Your Husband did an amazing job for his first bake. Your Kids and husband efforts are commendable.

  7. Srivalli Says:
  8. This surely is a surprise one and how wonderful your family did this ! Kudos on an excellent job done. Can't believe this is his first bake!..I love this bake and while growing up, I won't prefer the coconut, now it seems so endearing!

  9. sushma Says:
  10. You have definitely taken me to my childhood days, my dad used to get these dil pasandfrom iyenger bakery at least once a week, and we 3 sisters would fight for the bigger piece. Good old days.SO good that your kids and hubby made it for you, lucky you. Looks too good.

  11. Narmadha Says:
  12. wow. kudos to your husband for surprising with this delicious treat. Perfectly made dilpasand. Have so many fond memories of eating this in childhood.

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