I’m here today to share the Best Badusha Recipe. It is a traditional sweet popularly known as badusha in the South and Balushahi in the North of India, that is prepared for special occasions and festivals like Diwali. It has an amazing flaky texture with a crispy outer layer and a soft & juicy interior.
There is a reason why I dare to call this the Best Badusha Recipe. I was fortunate enough to see the making live, during a function back home in India. The professional cook showed some techniques to get them perfect. Since then, making Badusha was a breeze for me & there was no look back to get the perfect texture.
It is not really that intimidating as one thinks to prepare this delicacy. There are certain crucial steps like kneading the dough, making depressions in the flattened balls, preparing the sugar syrup to the right consistency and last but not the least, deep frying them over low heat. If you follow these steps to a ‘T’, you will definitely be successful and you will have your Best Badusha Recipe :).
Small balls that are slightly flattened are shaped out of a dough consisting of all purpose flour (maida), melted butter or ghee (quite a bit, hence aka butter badusha), curd and a pinch of baking powder, deep fried to a golden shade and dunked in a warm sugar syrup. I also made a few corner pleated badushas in between and then lost patience for the rest…. So just made round badushas with the remaining dough.
It is the flaky texture of the Badusha which helps to absorb the sugar syrup when soaked into it and then glazes the top. When you bite into a badusha, your teeth first crackle their way into a crispy outer layer and then sink into a soft & juicy interior. Can there be anything more delicious than that?
Would there be any reason to stop you from eating too many badushas? As it is a deep-fried sweet preparation, from the health and weight point of view, it is good to limit the intake of this mouth-watering delicacy. Other than this, perhaps there is no reason to stop you from indulging!!
With the Best Badusha Recipe that follows, you can prepare Badusha right in your kitchen and tailor this super delicious sweet to satisfy your Sweet Tooth.
Off to my version of the Best Badusha Recipe!!
Step by step process for the Best Badusha Recipe:
Preparing the dough:
- To make the dough, sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder in a wide bowl.
- Make a well in the centre and add the curd, melted butter and hot oil.
- Using your fingers, break the shortening into the flour until you have a fairly grainy mix that resembles bread crumbs.
- Now slowly add little water and make a soft and pliable dough. At any point of time, do not knead it hard. Just bring together and combine together to form a dough.
- Leave aside covered for 15 to 20 minutes.
Making sugar syrup:
- In the mean time, you can prepare the sugar syrup.
- In a stainless steel vessel, add sugar and water . Allow the sugar to dissolve on medium heat.
- Reduce flame to low, allow the sugar syrup to thicken lightly. The syrup should be sticky on touch and it should reach one string consistency. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice to prevent the syrup from crystallising.
- Add cardamom powder once the syrup cools down a bit.
Preparing the shape for badusha:
- After the dough has rested, do not knead. Just flatten the dough on the working surface, cut into 2 halves, place one half above the other.
- Flatten again and cut into 2 halves and place one half above the other. Repeat this process 3 to 4 times to form layers as shown in the pic below.
- Divide the dough into to 2 parts, form a log and divide into equal parts.
- Roll the ball between your palms in a circular motion to form a round shape without applying much pressure. You should be able to see the cracks on the dough.
- Flatten the balls lightly and make a depression in the centre using your thumb. Making the depression is crucial, so do not skip this step.
- You can also make another shape of the badusha similar to the ones shown in the picture below.
- Lightly flatten along the edge of the flattened ball using the tips of your forefinger and fold it inwards to form a pleated decorative rim….just like how you make for Kajjikayalu. Make a depression in the centre.
- But this might be slightly time consuming.
- Heat oil in a deep pan or kadai over medium heat till hot but not smoking hot.
- Add a small piece of dough into the oil and if it sizzles and comes to the surface, the oil is ready for deep frying.
- Simmer the heat and slowly slide in 4 to 5 badushas into the oil and allow them to rise to the surface of the oil.
- Once the badushas surface to the top of the oil, they start puffing up and increase in size.
- Cook on both sides till golden brown.
NOTE: The key to a good badusha is in the deep frying. The badushas have to cook slowly over low heat. Never rush through the process by trying to cook them on high heat, otherwise they will remain uncooked from inside. Do not overcook it to a darker golden shade.
Soaking Badushas in sugar syrup:
- Remove the badushas from the oil using a slotted ladle on to an absorbent tissue paper.
- Then place them gently in the warm sugar syrup. Once the badusha sits in the syrup, use a ladle to push it to sink inside the syrup such that it is coated all over.
- Let them sit in the syrup till the next batch of frying is done. Keep flipping over to the badushas so that they absorb the syrup evenly.
- Once the next batch is ready, remove badushas from the syrup and place them on a plate.
- Allow to come to room temperature before storing.
- Store badushas in an airtight container. They stay fresh for at least 3 to 4 days at room temperature. You can refrigerate them for longer shelf life and just microwave for 30 seconds before serving.
- Warm Badusha tastes divine!!
- Optionally, you can garnish with some chopped pistachios and serve.
A Quick Summary:
- 1 Cup Maida all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
- Pinch od Cooking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Curd
- 1/4 Cup Buter/Ghee melted
- 1 Tablespoon hot Oil
- Required Water
- For sugar syrup:
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder
- Deep Frying:
- Required Oil to deep fry
- Preparing dough:
- Sieve together flour, salt, cooking soda and baking powder in a wide bowl.
- Add the curd, melted butter (ghee) and oil.
- Using your fingers mix until you have a grainy mix.
- Slowly add little water and make a soft and pliable dough.
- Leave aside covered for 20 minutes.
- Making sugar syrup:
- Prepare the syrup of 1 string consistency and keep it warm.
- Add lemon juice and cardamom powder.
- Shaping badushas:
- Knead gently (see pictorial steps above).
- Divide the dough into small balls, roll in between palms, flatten the balls and make a depression in the centre using your thumb.
- Deep-frying & Soaking badushas:
- Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat till hot.
- Simmer the heat and slowly slide in 4 to 5 badushas.
- Cook on both sides till golden brown and remove.
- Add them to the sugar syrup, soak for 5 minutes and remove to a plate.
- Store badushas in an air tight container. They stay fresh for at least 3 to 4 days at room temperature or refrigerate for longer shelf life.
- At any point of time, do not knead the dough too hard. Just bring together and combine to form a dough without applying pressure.
- Sugar syrup must be of one string consistency.
- The sugar syrup on badusha will crystallize and become thick as badusha cools down. The trick to avoid this is to add the lemon juice to the syrup.
- Cook the badushas slowly over low heat to light brown colour. If you try to cook them on high heat, they will remain uncooked from inside.
- Do not overcook them to a darker golden shade.
- Never apply force while rolling the dough balls to get a smooth outer surface. I tried to make a few of the smooth version, but I must say that they did not absorb the sugar syrup completely. Deep inside, they were still dry.
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