Badusha is a very popular South Indian sweet made for festivals like Diwali, Janmashtami and special occasions. Made using plain flour, sugar, butter and ghee, it is a absolute feature of South Indian weddings, traditional functions and celebrations. It is also called as Balushahi or Badhusha.
It is often called as the South Indian equivalent to doughnuts. Deep fried in oil and then soaked in a sugar syrup, it resembles a glazed donut.
As with most Indian recipes, this also has several variations. In some places, the sweet has some fillings or served with ice cream.
Ingredients for Badusha
- 500 g Maida (Plain Flour)
- 350 g Sugar
- 150 g Butter
- 150 g Ghee
- 1/4 tsp Cooking Soda
- 1/4 cup Water
- a large pinch Kesari Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
- as required Oil for frying
How to make Badusha
- Combine the cooking soda with maida and sieve well for 3 to 4 times.
- Add kesari powder, butter and mix well for 10 minutes.
- Add water, gradually, and mix.
- Make small balls of the mixture and flatten them in your palms.
- Press, the center, with your thumb to make a depression.
- Heat ghee and oil together in a deep pan over medium flame.
- Fry the prepared discs till light golden.
- Boil the sugar with water over medium flame.
- Add 1 tsp of milk and remove the scum that rises to the top.
- Continue to boil and add cardamom powder.
- When it attains an one string consistency, reduce flame to low.
- Add the fried badushas and coat them nicely with the sugar syrup.
- Remove and transfer to a plate.
- When the sugar syrup has hardened, store in a clean and airtight container.
This recipe was first published on Oct 23, 2007 and has been updated on Nov 11, 2020.