Badusha/Balushahi (Indian Doughnuts)


Badusha or balushahi – flaky and crunchy from outside, soft and melt-in-mouth from inside, these Indian doughnuts are to die for… I make them for festivals like Diwali and Ugadi and it is always an absolute hit. Definitely a hero of any festive food. Trust me it is not as difficult to make as it sounds.

 

Badusha or balushai

 

Ingredients:

Plain flour – 2 cups
Clarifed butter or ghee – 5 tbsp
Yogurt – ¼ cup
Baking soda – 1 pinch
Sugar – 1 cup
Pistachios for garnish

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour and baking soda. Add ghee and rub it with the flour until it is crumbly
  2. Whisk the yogurt and add to the flour mixture. Lightly knead into a soft dough by adding little water. Make sure not to overdo the dough. It has to just combine and come together
  3. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and rest the dough for 45-50 minutes
  4. Once it is rested, take a lemon-sized dough and shape into a ball. The ball will have dents around it and that is fine. Make a small dent in the center of the ball using your thumb. (I made 15 balls with the entire dough)
  5. Cover all the balls with a kitchen towel and rest for 15 minutes
  6. Heat oil in a deep fry pan or kadhai. Carefully slide the balls into the oil in batches
  7. Deep fry on low heat until both the sides are golden brown. Do not flip the badusha many times while frying
  8. Drain them on a kitchen towel and let it cool
  9. Meanwhile make the sugar syrup. Boil sugar with ½ cup water in a thick bottom saucepan. Let it simmer until it reaches 2 string consistency. Turn off the heat
  10. Dip the cooled badushah in warm syrup for 2 minutes. Remove from the syrup and let it rest for 30 minutes
  11. Garnish with chopped pistachios and serve

Notes:

  • It is very important not to overdo the dough. Else the badusha will not be flaky
  • The oil should be just hot for frying. To test if oil is ready, drop a small piece of dough into hot oil. It should start sizzling but should not immediately raise to the top
  • Don’t flip the badusha many times while frying. Badusha initially sinks to the bottom of the oil and slowly raises to the top. Once you see golden colour at the bottom side (approximately 4-5 minutes depending of the flame), flip it once and fry for another 5 minutes. Always fry on low flame. It takes approximately 9-10 minutes to fry each batch
  • Don’t over crowd the oil as badusha tends to expand while frying
  • Make sure to coat the badusha completely with sugar syrup
  • Don’t leave the badusha in the sugar syrup as the syrup tends to crystallise once it cools down

 

Add ghee to flour mix and rub it to make it crumbly

Add ghee to flour mix and rub it to make it crumbly

 

Lightly knead the dough and let it rest

Lightly knead the dough and let it rest

 

Shape the dough once it is rested

Shape the dough once it is rested

 

Deep fry in hot oil (see notes)

Deep fry in hot oil (see notes)

 

Drain on a kitchen towel

Drain on a kitchen towel

 

Dip the cooled badushah in warm syrup for 2 minutes

Dip the cooled badushah in warm syrup for 2 minutes

 

Remove from the syrup and let it rest for 30 minutes

Remove from the syrup and let it rest for 30 minutes

 

badusha

 

badusha

 

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