Badusha Recipe
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Badusha recipe, an easy to make detailed recipe of how to make badusha, a popular sweet made during Diwali.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 60 bite-sized badusha
  • 4 cups (800 grams) of all-purpose flour or maida
  • 1 cup of melted ghee
  • 1 tsp of baking soda or soda powder
  • 2 tsp of curd (plain yogurt)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup of water (just enough to submerge sugar
  • Oil of for deep frying
  1. Mix the flour and soda in a bowl well until incorporated. Add the melted ghee and curd to this and knead until you get a smooth, stiff dough. You can add water by the teaspoon if you need more moisture but don't overdo it. Keep covered aside for 30 mins to maximum an hour.
  2. After the dough has sat for a while, knead again until smooth and soft. The more you knead the better the badhusha will be. Athamma kneads the dough for about 5-7 mins.
  3. Take ¼th of the dough between your palms and roll into a long log. Pinch off small gooseberry-sized balls of the dough and make into smooth-ish balls. Once you have a small batch of these, flatten each between your palms with just one press. Set aside the badusha dough discs for frying.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai until just smoking point. Drop in as much badushas as you can without overcrowding them. They should be able to float without overlapping. Once you have added the badusha, reduce the flame to low and fry until both sides turn golden brown. It's important to keep the flame at low otherwise the insides won't cook.
  5. Drain and set aside all the fried badusha and get ready to make the sugar syrup.
  6. In a WIDE pan (that can preferably hold all the badusha we have fried), heat sugar and water until it's all bubbly.
  7. Cook down the sugar syrup until it's thick and reaches the one-string consistency. Athamma doesn't check one-string consistency. She proceeds when the syrup is thick and coats the back of the spoon you are using to mix it. Reduce flame to low.
  8. Add the fried badusha to the sugar syrup and mix them well together. Do NOT stop mixing at this stage, you have to keep going until the sugar thickens and crystallizes and coats the badusha evenly. If you stop, then mixing will be super hard.
  9. When the sugar has fully coated the badusha, switch off flame and IMMEDIATELY transfer the hot badusha to another plate.
  10. Cool completely and transfer to air-tight containers. Consume the badhusha within 3 days.
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