These Tiger Rolls or Tijgerbrood will be the crowning glory on your table or at a picnic. Tiger Bread is perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Here we have a video and step by step recipe on How to make Tiger Rolls in the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.

Tiger Rolls

There's an element to waiting around for bread to bake. I cannot describe to you the satisfaction when you can see the bread from the oven rising and taking shape. These Tiger Rolls are particularly special because you want to get the crust perfect.

My love with Tiger Rolls goes wayyy back. We used to buy them from the supermarket at least a few times a year! Our excuse to buy these indulgent Tiger Rolls was that we would be eating them with a healthy soup.

I'm not sure the logic stands as the meal isn't really "healthy" anymore but oh well ...

Also, here's a tip for you - don't go shopping hungry and walk past the bakery. Just don't do it.

Vegan bread rolls are served with butter

What is Tiger Bread

Tiger Bread or Tiger Rolls are a dutch bread called Tijgerbrood. This white bread is soft and pillowy in the middle and has a crunchy mottled "tiger" crust. It is available (in the UK) as either a white bloomer loaf or as bread rolls.

The distinguishing feature is due to the special rice flour crust on the outside. Rice flour and sesame oil paste is applied just before baking. As the bread rises, the paste dries and cracks causing the tiger appearance.

Tiger Rolls have a nutty and savoury flavour lent by the addition of the sesame oil and the rice flour.

Giraffe Bread

Tiger Bread is sometimes known as Giraffe Bread after a 3-year-old girl wrote a letter to Sainburys (a British Supermarket) and said that the crust looked more like a giraffe and so should be named Giraffe Bread!

Why use the Instant Pot

We previously made Tiger Rolls and posted the recipe on the blog back in Feb 2010 but we hadn't used any electrical equipment to prove the dough. (prev. blog name was Joy of Cooking and comments below may reflect old post content)

I'm speaking for my British readers here when I say that we are not blessed with continuous warm weather and sunshine. This lack in the consistency of warm weather makes it so difficult to prove bread dough.

I'm sure many can sympathize when I mention turning the heating on full whack just to get some warmth to the dough!

The Instant Pot is wonderful for proving dough and we have had consistent results using it every time. We recently made our Handvo and Dhokla Batter in the Instant Pot and it turned out wonderfully!

Simply use the YOGURT MODE on your Instant Pot and get perfectly risen bread dough.

Even if you do have warm weather where you live, using the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker that has a yogurt mode, can still significantly reduce the amount of time you need to prove the dough!

We use the Instant Pot pretty heavily in our kitchen, especially the PRESSURE COOK function and we are still discovering new ways of using it!

Other Instant Pot recipes:

Instant Pot Eggless Mandazi/Mahamri - East African sweet doughnuts

Instant Pot Mexican Rice with Coconut, Coriander, and Lime

Instant Pot Coconut and Pineapple Thai Fried Rice

Instant Pot Medittaranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Instant Pot Doodh Poha Kheer


Stand Mixer
Instant Pot


Ingredients laid out on a white board for tiger bread rolls

Strong white bread flour - this flour is easily available in most supermarkets. If not available check what you can use instead below in the post.

Rice flour - a fine variety that can be found in any Asian or other supermarkets.

Salt - If possible use fine sea salt.

Sugar - regular granulated

Yeast - we have used Instant yeast which is same as fast action yeast, if using any other types of yeast check WHICH YEAST TO USE SECTION below in this post.

Sesame Oil- we have used toasted sesame oil, but you can use other types of sesame oil

Warm water - Do not use HOT or BOILED water, warm water can be made by using 1/3 of boiling and 2/3 of cold water.



Warm water


Sesame Oil

Rice flour

This particular recipe is vegan. You can also use butter in the replacement of oil in the dough. However, still stick to sesame oil for the crust.

Which Yeast to use?

Yeast is a fungus that when mixed with warm water, flour, and sugar produces carbon dioxide. This causes the bread to rise.

There are two main types of Bakers yeasts available.

One is Wet Yeast

Another is Dry Yeast

According to BBC Food, Wet Yeast is fresh yeast that is a living microorganism that ferments when flour or sugar is added to it. It is the traditional raising agent used and sold by bakers.

Dry Yeast is available as dried active yeast, which is found in tubs, and easy-bake or fast-action dried yeast, which is available in sachets.

Dried active yeast needs to bloom first with warm (not hot) water, milk or juice

Fast Action yeast can be added directly to the flour.

We have used Instant Yeast sachets which is fast action yeast for this recipe.

I have learned through past experience how important it is to use yeast that is in date, so please do check that first to give your rolls the best chance of rising and coming out exactly how you'd want them to.

Tips to make the best Tiger Bread

  • Throw water into the oven when baking the bread - use either a deep baking tray with water on a lower shelf or literally chuck water in. 
  • Use rice flour only for the crust and do not substitute with any other flour! You will not get a good mottled appearance. 
  • You can either make a Tiger Bread bloomer loaf or make rolls. You may have to adjust the cooking time
  • Do not over handle the dough. Once you have formed the balls (do this minimally hands-on), just cover with a towel.

To prove the dough without an electric pressure cooker:

Make the dough using the above steps. Leave to prove by leaving the dough in the mixing bowl, cover with cling film and allow to rise in warm temperatures above 20.  It may take an hour or more.

Using Plain Flour instead of Bread Flour.

I can happily say that you can still make these Tiger Rolls using only plain flour! We once ran out of bread flour and only had plain flour in the cupboard and it still worked just fine.

Use the same amount of plain flour to bread flour. Stick to the same amount of all of the other ingredients too.

How to get perfectly round rolls

This technique takes a little getting used to but once you get the hang of it, you will easily be able to make round balls.

First, roll into a rough ball
Press slightly downwards onto the ball with your palms
Then begin folding the edges inwards towards the middle. Do this for all the edges all around the dough ball
You will end up with a balloon shape with the edges all sealed at the bottom in the middle (this will be the base)
No cracks should appear on the top surface of the dough.

See method 1 in the video for visual instructions.

What to do if the rolls do not rise

In case this happens, tear up the bread and toast in a frying pan with a little oil. Add a sprinkle of salt +/- red chilli powder for a quick snack. You can also use any other seasoning.


These crusty rolls are great with any soups.

They also go really well slathered with butter

My Dad loves to use tiger bread for sandwiches, he is a pro in making a superb ploughman's and I always ask him to make them for me. Daddy's 👸 or what?! 😁

How to store:

In all honesty, I would strongly suggest that you eat them immediately once cooked. The "just baked" warm melt in the mouth texture is second to none and I'll be very surprised if you even have any leftover!

However, if you do have leftovers or want to make them in advance, then you definitely can.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container for maximum 2 days.

To eat again, it is best to reheat them in the oven after sprinkling a little water.

To freeze, cook as usual and then freeze. Oven cook again until fully defrosted and warmed through - keep the temperature low so they do not burn from the outside.

How to make Tiger Bread in the Instant Pot

This bread rolls recipe is made in four stages, first make dough, proofing, shaping and baking


First Stage - Knead Dough

Take bread flour in a big bowl (pic 1)

Add rice flour (pic 2)

Tip in salt, sugar and yeast (pic 3)

Combine well using balloon whisk (pic 4)

Add sesame oil,  if using melted butter add now (pic 5)

Pour warm water and mix well and knead the dough. If using stand mixer knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. If kneading with hands, knead it for 10 minutes (pic 6)

Second Stage - Proofing/Proving Dough

Put kneaded dough in well oiled an inner pot of Instant pot (pic 1)

Cover the pot with glass lid, and let it prove on YOGURT MODE for 1 hour (pic 2)

The dough has risen well (pic 3)

While the dough proves make the topping paste.

Take rice flour in a bowl (pic 1)

Add sugar and yeast (pic 2) you may add a pinch of salt if you want (pic 2)

Mix well (pic 3)

Add oil (pic 4)

Add warm water (pic 5)

Mix well and leave it to rise (pic 6)

After 40-45 minutes it will rise (pic 7)

Mix again, if very thick add 1 tsp. water (pic 8)

Leave it aside (pic 9)

Third Stage - Shape 

Transfer the risen dough on a clean and smooth surface and punch it down all the air (pic 1)

Knead for half a minute on a lightly floured surface (pic 2)

Cut into half (pic 3)

Cut into equal size portions around 140g each (pic 4)

Turn into round rolls and coat the upper part with topping paste (pic 5)

Leave it aside and let them rise again for 30 minutes (pic 6)

Fourth Stage - Bake Rolls

Whilst rolls are proving for the second time, preheat oven at 200C or gas mark 6. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes.

Tiger bread rolls on cooling wire rack

Great with:

1. Vegan Mulligatawny Soup

2. Broccoli and Pear Soup - Instant Pot

3. Thai Carrot Cashew Soup - Instant Pot

4. Pumpkin Miso Soup

5. Roasted Cauliflower and Walnut Soup

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Tiger Rolls | Tiger Bread | Instant Pot Breadhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG_5tWB16XwMake your own tiger rolls/bread, just like a bakery in your own home. This recipe uses Instant pot to prove the dough but can be made without it too.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG_5tWB16Xw2020-06-26
Yield: 6 ROLLS


Tiger Rolls or Tijgerbrood will be the crowning glory on your table or at a picnic. Tiger Bread is perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Perfect with a hearty soup or as it is!
Prep time: 2 H & 30 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 2 H & 55 M


  • 400g strong white bread flour
  • 100g rice flour
  • 300ml warm water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
Topping Paste
  • 60g rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 80ml warm water (may need more)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • Pinch of salt - optional 


  1. In a bowl take both flours, salt, sugar, yeast and mix well.
  2. Add oil then warm water.
  3. Knead the dough for 10 minutes if making it by hand or 2 minutes if using a stand mixer.
  4. Put the kneaded dough in a well oiled inner pot of Instant pot. (see notes if not using Instant Pot)
  5. Cover the pot with a glass lid.
  6. Select YOGURT mode and prove the dough for 1 hour.
  7. Meanwhile, make topping paste by combining the paste ingredients and leave it to rise in a warm place. 
  8. Once the dough has risen, take it out on a clean work surface and knead it again for 30 seconds. 
  9. Cut the dough into equal size portions, about 140g each.
  10. Give them a round shape and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  11. Check the paste, if very thick add little water and make spreadable.
  12. Coat the upper surface with the topping paste.
  13. Leave the rolls to rise again for 30 minutes.
  14. Keep a tray of water in the oven.
  15. Preheat the oven to 200C or Gas mark 6.
  16. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes.
  17. Leave it to cool on a wire rack.


To prove the dough without an Instant pot, put the kneaded dough in a well oiled in a big bowl. Cover the dough with the cling film or clean tea towel and leave it in warm temperature for at least one hour.

You may use butter instead of sesame oil in the dough, not topping.
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Note - This post was originally posted by my Mum on 18th February 2010, since I have updated the post with new pictures and content, but the recipe is original.


  1. Your husband is so cool. Pretty dress for a bread. And what a gorgeous bread that is too, never even heard of this and look at that pattern. Perfect! :)

  2. Jagruti, I have never tasted one. But it looks that it has come out well for u. Soft...

  3. Woww Jagruti, this rolls looks too pretty, will be trying soon....awesome work...

  4. That looks beautiful...Great job, Jagruti !

  5. Fab one!!! have to try it out...3 cheers to u 4 this one!!!

  6. Dear Jagruti
    Even if I am a hard core rice eater, I want to try this..Hummm good idea, as soon as I am back I will try to make this one for someone ( wife) , may be I will get a good shirt
    have a nice weekend..

  7. Dear Jagruti
    Even if I am a hard core rice eater, I want to try this..Hummm good idea, as soon as I am back I will try to make this one for someone ( wife) , may be I will get a good shirt
    have a nice weekend..

  8. Jagruti,

    Bread looks really nice, I want to taste it.

  9. Thanks guys!!
    @ Asha; you said it right...he is cool..
    @ Cicily; thanks dear...really made my night..;0))
    @ Ushnish; try it..it's worth it!!

  10. Thanks Devasna, swathi, priya,Ramya and gulmahor!!

  11. a dress for a bread !!!!wow...haven't seen this before !! bookmarked !

  12. I love your tiger bread, it looks gorgeous! I would love give it a try one day. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. Tiger bread looks lovely and so beautiful.I dont know if its my computer but your site is taking ages to load I think you have added a slide gadget above???

  14. Hi there, Jagruti!!!

    That is sommmme bread you have there...sigh!!! It is too beeeautiful to eat...dont know if it is available in US..will check it out...I think I have just bare minimal baking skill.

    Keep baking these goodies...your baking skills will inspire me one of these days:)))Lets see...

  15. never heard about this.., you have got a perfect pattern there.

  16. i have never tasted this bread, but looks very delicious!

  17. wow! Jagruti the bread looks awesome and perfect and professionally baked.

  18. Wow!It looks too pretty! Loved It

  19. This bread is so different and eyecapturing...love yur recipe...the click is so inviting :)

  20. Tiger bread is new to me ! Seems interesting

  21. Fabulous dear..Its new to me...Looks so cute and lovely...

  22. I have never heard something like this before !!

  23. Just so perfectly done,and so beautiful clicks too

  24. Your tiger bread looks perfectly beautiful! This is such an impressive attempt, you really deserved that dress from your husband:)

  25. Wow .. that is completely new kind of bread to me... never seen or tasted before.. u have a nice space here.... thanks for dropping by... following u now...

  26. that is so sweet of a husband!!! I have never seen this tiger bread... sounds new and interesting!! but curiously we have the same temptation to buy all when we go out shopping with empty stomachs :) nice recipe !!

  27. Never heard of this bread before....looks gorgeous..Lovely click. Bookmarked.

    I too had problem with ur blog loading in IE. Its fine with firefox.It may be due to some new widget added.

  28. Wow! wow!! Amazing dear! Beautiful tiger paws! Soooooooo cute!

  29. wow thats incredible Jagruti, no wonder your Hubby is so happy. Love It.

  30. I love these tiger paws! How beautiful and they look so crusty and lovely. I will have to figure out a gluten-free version for my husband. Maybe I'll get a new dress! Actually, I am an earring addict, so maybe I'll go for that.

  31. Looks way cool! I never heard of this bread before or seen one. First time hearing about rice glaze too.You have a nice blog.

  32. Yum! These rolls look totally scrumptious!

  33. This is simply awesome! Never seen this bread b4! ;)

  34. Gr8 Job Jagruti!. Never heard of tiger bread..I am sure it must have tasted as good as these beautiful pictures..

  35. lovely tiger paws..even intersting name n good click...

  36. Hi
    Its totally new for me! I was wondering when I read the title. Lovely picture. I would love to have it, but I think I should be out from India to get it! :-(
    Thanks for sharing.
    And congrats that you got a new dress for this! And you deserve it!

  37. simply amazing, dear...what a creative idea!

  38. This bread is new to me...looks very attractive...thanks for sharing this recipe...will try it soon :)

  39. My Goodness Jagruti..A treat for the eyes. I have never heard of this bread until now.. It looks Perfect and I too always love to stop by the bread department and gaze at all the delightful collection..Will give it a try..Tiger Paws, here I come... Beautiful Clicks too.

  40. Hi Jagruti

    Bread Looks unique and tasty. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  41. Well done, Jagruti...you got that lovely crack on the bread, seen before but never tasted it....wondering how to obtain one...so you have cleared my doubt......

  42. hey the tiger bread looks so nice..such cute buns and love the capture..

    btw congrats on your black dress.

  43. Hi guys...
    @ Nivedita; well now you don't need to leave, you can make it at home..of course for holiday you can..;-))

  44. Hi Dear. Lovely!!! that's so sweet of you to make ur husband's favorite, woh kahte hain na dil ka rasta pet se guzar ke jata hai..lol.
    But truely awesome work dear, for a dressed up bread a dress in return!!

  45. it does looks like that, great post dear

  46. So THIS is the key to a man's heart! Good to know. Looks delicious.

  47. Gosh, they look powerful n strong like tiger!!

  48. this is so amazing! i have never seen such bread..would simply love to have these!

  49. I have never seen such a bread! Love the top of buns!

  50. awesome!!never heard of this bread..Looks different and yummy

  51. wow jagruti this bread looks super yummy...had never heard of it...nice pattern...looks perfect...this bread surely worths a black dress...:)

  52. Lovely bread!! Gr8 job Jagruti!!

  53. Never heard of a Tiger bread before..:).Looks so good,now I am gonna read up on the link you've given.And you are one lucky woman..:):)

  54. Super name and luks the same..awesome!!!!!

  55. wow! i've never seen this before but it looks amazing!

  56. This is so cute~ tiger bread ~ never seen before. Next time I'll make tiger roll...hahaa..

  57. Wow....looks beautiful. Looks like leopard skin to me. I'm sure they taste great. I wish I could try some!

  58. They look fantastic! The recipe is a keeper!

  59. Never heard of this bread but it looks beautiful. The dress perk is an added motivation to try it. True labour of love.

  60. This looks very interesting. We have had Baguette with the tiger paste but it wasnt as dramatic in terms of colour :)

  61. hey Jagruti ...the carotene soup was good but this bread is simply great....came after a long time n saw many of your recipes...this one is a keeper for sure...i am making them ASAP..

  62. Never knew such thing existed,tiger bread looks absolutely ravishing..Thanks for introducing us to the new things...Lovely post..

  63. Very nicely explained tiger rolls recipe is worth trying. It looks super tempting. I have never heard about this before.
    The rolls have come out so well and look perfect.

  64. The rolls looks so stunning. The step by step procedure makes it so easy for newbies like me to try bread making confidently.

  65. Tiger rolls looks awesome! I loved the part that you used Instant Pot for this recipe. I like to have this with a bowl of soup!

  66. Another great recipe on your blog. These tiger rolls look so good. That little girl was right, they look more like a Giraffe. Thanks for sharing this cute little story. I love reading stories behind recipes.

  67. Its ages since I've baked tiger rolls. Just love the crust that forms on the top making the rolls so with a crunchy crust. Love the beautiful clicks. Such an old post updated.. looks really good.

  68. Tiger rolls looks awesome. Its good to see the instant pot used here. Nice to see an old post from your blog.

  69. The tiger rolls looks so perfectly baked, I was looking for the recipe without eggs and this is just amazing to try. Call it giraffe or tiger either way they are awesome!

  70. I so love the crunchy crust of tiger rolls...Great way to use the instant pot for this recipe...You have explained it so well in detail that it will be a breeze for anyone trying for the first time!

  71. Tiger rolls looks so so perfectly baked . I am yet to try these cute looking baked ones.
    use of IP is a nice choice here too .

  72. Beautiful rolls dear, those pretty scales on top, perfectly named as tiger rolls!!! Amazing clicks as usual, makes me want to reach through the screen and grab some off the pics!!! Looks very tempting!! :)

  73. I loved baking these a long time ago and seeing your posts reminds me to bake them soon again. Love the detailed explanation and your step by step pictures are very helpful.

  74. This beautiful rolls looks so perfect. It's in my to do list since so long. Use of IP for breads , definitely a smart choice. Lovely detailed post


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