In southern part of India call as Badusha and northern part call as Balushahi - This sweet dish is so soft and flaky in texture and melts in your mouth. Its must have sweet dish during festival like Diwali. This recipe requires simple ingredients which are always available in our kitchen and you can able to prepare this dish very easily. Small balls are prepared from all purpose flour which are deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup to give it a sweet flavor.
This Badusha always reminds my childhood days. Usually in our city, light cuts off at 6 to 8 pm every 3 days and my father brings this sweet dish for us. We enjoyed the light cuts because of this sweet dish. Is it funny! Those were care free days and guilt freely we were gulping this wonderful sweet!
All Purpose Flour / Maida – ½ cup
Baking Powder – ¼ tsp
Baking Soda – a Pinch
Butter – 2 tbsp
Yogurt/Curd – 2 tbsp
Salt - a pinch (optional)
Oil for deep frying
Sugar – ½ cup
Water – ¼ cup
Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
Chopped Almonds - 5 to 6nos
Chopped Pistachios – 6 to 7 nos.
Step 01) Take a bowl add all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder sieve together to mix it well. Add butter and crumble it.
Step 02) Add curd and mix it lightly. Do not knead like a dough at this step (because at this step we don’t want to make gluten to form) Dough should look like flaky see the picture below. Cover the dough with lid and let the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 03) In low flame heat a pan add sugar little bit of water cook it till you get one string consistency syrup. Add little bit of lemon juice. Lemon juice helps the sugar syrup to avoid crystallization. Switch off the flame
Step 04) Take the flaky dough and knead it once again as smooth dough (Do not mix it too much, just all the dry flour is to be evenly mixed. Take the dough in to small size give a shape like ball and flat little bit and in the center make a dent from your thump ( ball should have rough edges when you fry and put it in sugar syrup, the syrup will go into all the small holes) So make sure balls should not have smooth edges
Step 05) Heat oil and fry them in medium heat till you get the golden color patches appear on both sides. Add them to sugar syrup. Let them to sit in the sugar syrup for couple of minutes and then put it in a serving plate and garnish with chopped almonds and pistachios.
Baking soda and baking powder helps to aerate the dough
No need to add extra water to dough, as Butter and curd itself gives enough moisture for dough
Lemon juice helps the sugar syrup to stay as sugar syrup. It will not solidify when cools down.
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