Turmeric Buns

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I’ve never had turmeric bread before. I’m not sure if I’ve seen it before, either. I just love its color and I thought it would be a good idea to make yellow bread. Also, I’ve been trying to find ways to use turmeric as it is one of those magical foods. You can read more about health benefits of turmeric here.

Besides their lovely color, these breads have a very nice flavor coming from turmeric. Its tempting scent filled all the house and everyone got curious about the food in the oven. They looked so pleased when they saw this shining turmeric buns. They have a soft texture, too. Well, I can say that these breads are very much like savory pastries sold at bakery shops. What is more, I used whole wheat flour and oat flour. If you want healthy, yummy and lovely breads, try these! I highly recommend you to eat several of these when they are newly baked. Just ignore gaining weight! These are healthy!

Turmeric Buns | giverecipe.com

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Turmeric Buns
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp dry instant yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup mineral water (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  1. Mix dry ingredients except yeast and sugar. Add yeast and sprinkle sugar just right on it.
  2. Pour a little mineral water on them and mix.
  3. Add olive oil and rest of mineral water and mix until you have a soft dough.
  4. Wait it for about 40 minutes until it rises.
  5. Preheat the oven at 180C.
  6. Lay baking sheet on baking tray.
  7. Make balls and place them on it. Wet your hand and pat the balls and sprinkle nigella sativa, sesame and poppy seeds on them.
  8. Wait for 15 minutes.
  9. Bake them for 35 minutes until golden.

You can understand if they are done by checking their bottom. If they get a little brownish on the bottom, take them out. These ingredients make 19 small buns.


  1. says

    I have all the ingredients for these! I have never had tumeric in a bread, but this looks tasty enough to try. Tumeric is a great spice and I do need to find more recipes that make use of it. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      It was my first try, but the result was great! Turmeric is a wonderful spice to use in bread dough.

  2. says

    I love how yellow they are! Turmeric is one of my favourite spices although i admit I m always a little terrified to use to much in case the end result is luminous yellow!!

  3. says

    Hi Zerrin, what a unique idea to make turmeric bun. Never known somebody else did it. I can’t wait to bake this and I’m curious on how it tastes. It must have an interesting flavor. Thank you.

    • says

      I haven’t seen any so far. I just dreamt of the color and thought it would be great to add it in bread dough. The flavor of these buns is great too!

  4. says

    They look delicious. I lover breads. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything with Turmeric before. I’ll have to start with this one! thanks. Great Pics

    • says

      You know turmeric is one of the healthiest spices, it has many health benefits including cancer protection. You must get this spice in your pantry.

  5. says

    I’ve never heard of adding tumeric to bread recipes before, but I love the color that these buns give off =)

  6. says

    Turmeric imparts a lovely color to these buns, similar to the visual effect saffron or the hispanic spice Bijol. Turmeric is purported to have many positive health effects as well.

  7. says

    Such a vibrant, happy color. Perfect with a green salad or a red tomato soup! Love the different toppings for contrast.

  8. says

    WOw! Lovely bright buns and I do use tumeric quite often in curries and spicy food but not bread! I must try this soon:)

  9. says

    What a vibrant color! I’m drooling. Thank you for sharing your rolls. I’m eating a boring egg sandwich and wishing I had THIS to munch on. I hope you have a beautfiul day and weekend. We’re getting close! Much love from Austin.

  10. says

    Dear Zerrin, I love turmeric powder. I will try these buns, they look yummy.
    Last winter, I made some halva with turmeric ( ıt is my mother’s recipe)and I also added some turmeric powder to pumpkin jam. They loved each other.

    • madiha says

      dear zerrin, i am in love with your recipes. please could you give me the recipe of turmeric halva. me and my mother have been trying to find it for months now.

      • says

        Hi Madiha,

        I will try to translate the recipe of turmeric halva from Tuzekmek

        Thanks Sare for this recipe!

        200g butter
        ¼ cup sun flower oil
        2 cups flour
        2 cups sugar
        2 cups water
        a few drops of lemon
        2- tbsp turmeric powder

        Put water, turmeric and sugar in a large pot, boil it stirring occasionally, add a few lemon drops and set it aside.

        Melt butter in another pot, add flour and cook it over the lowest heat, mixing continually with a wooden spoon until it gets brownish after a bout 20-25 minutes.

        Pour the water-sugar mixture and stir it until it absorbs water. Put the lid on the pot and wait for 10 minutes.

        Take spoonful of it and put on a plate in lines.

        Hope you and your mom find this recipe helpful. Go visit Sare’s blog and see the picture of turmeric halva. Would love to hear your result.

  11. says

    I like to add turmeric to breads, because it reminds me of a favorite turmeric and anise-flavored sweet bread/cake that is sold in lebanese pastry shops called sfoof. I have also read about the benefits of this spice; your rolls look and sound delicious!

  12. 4roots says

    I am wondering if I could you this to make a loaf or two of bread…thoughts? I was asked to make tumeric bread as part of a community celebration, but this recipe looked better than the typical “bread” recipes. Would I need to adjust anything if I attempt to bake this recipe as bread instead of buns?

    • says

      I think there will be no problem. The cooking time might change though. As these buns are small, 35-minute cooking is enough, but if you make one or two loaves, you need to bake it more. I guess, around 50 minutes will be OK. Hope you will be happy with the result.

  13. 4roots says

    One other question,Zerrin, does the mineral water need to be carbonated? Thanks so much for your guidance :).

    • says

      I’m not sure about what you mean. Here mineral water is a kind of spring water found under ground and sold in bottles. So I guess, it is naturally carbonated.

  14. 4roots says

    I just wanted to tell you that I did make this as one loaf of bread (baked on a baking stone) and it turned out beautifully. I followed your directions a baked it for 50 minutes and the texture was perfect. Thank you soooo much for your guidance. I will be checking back for more recipes you share.


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