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Sri Lankan Sugar Coated Buns (KIMBULA BANIS)

Fluffy buns with a hard sweet sugar coating on the outside. The word “Kimbula” in Sinhalese means “crocodile”, hence the ‘scaled’ look and the ‘armored’ sweet sugar layer on top.


700 g Plain Flour
35 g Milk powder
2 eggs
10 g yeast
50 g brown sugar
100 g caster sugar
50 g butter
350 ml Milk


  1. Preheat oven to 160 fan-forced or 180 normal.
  2. Add sugar, flour and salt in to a mixing bowl and mix it.
  3. Add 3 -5 tbsp luke-warm water and sugar to the yeast and leave it to activate.
  4. Then add the yeast in to the mix.
  5. Add Butter, milk powder and eggs.
  6. Then add the water little by little.
  7. Knead the dough for 15 minutes.
  8. Grease a bowl and transfer the dough and cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place until the dough is double in size.
  9. When the dough is double in size, punch down and put on to a floured bench top.
  10. Roll it to a rectangle.
  11. Cut triangles from the dough as shown in the video.
  12. Roll the dough from the wider side to the other end.
  13. Put them on trays until double in size.
  14. Brush the tops with water or melted butter.
  15. Sprinkle sugar on top.
  16. Bake for 30 min.


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