Festival Recipes

Badusha | How to make Badusha | Balushahi | Diwali Sweets

Happy Diwali to all my readers !! May you have a blessed , safe and joyous Diwali with your family and friends… 

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Diwali – the festival of lights. Fond memories of Amma making her signature Mixture (savoury namkeen / Faral), Kobbari Mithai (Copra Pak / Coconut Fudge) every year. The day used to start with Ganga Snanam  (early morning bath with Til Oil liberally massaged over the hair and body and washed off with Shikakai – Soapnut powder – this was way before Shampoos came into the market). Then we would rush to the road with our secret stash of crackers at 5am and burst the first Lakshmi pattas ,atom bomb, bijili etc.. 



There were two ultra rich families on our street, and the competition between them was fierce on who would burn the most crackers (read money) ,.. of course it delighted us as we took sides and even bet as to who would win !! Of course , till I moved to Mumbai, I didn’t know that the Lakshmi Puja on the Amavas was significant to one family while the Naraka Chaturdasi (Chaudas) was significant to another. 


As kids, we didn’t worry too much about air or sound pollution. Lighting the evening diyas, arranging them on the compound wall, and indulging in sweets, savouries and another huge round of crackers was the norm. 



Invariably, it was a rain-drenched Diwali in the South every year, so half the crackers didn’t light up, while the other half would fizzle out before burning fully.  Yet, as kids we looked forward to crackers, sweets and endless supply of homemade snacks…

Ahh … this is truly making me nostalgic…. 

Today’s sweet – Badusha (a.k.a Balushahi) is one of my favourites, mostly made by my pati (Nani) during Janmashtami for the Bhog. No matter what else she made – Omapudi / Maida Biscuit /  Maa Ladoo  this was one sweet I realised I was crazy about. I have tried a small batch for Diwali this year, and am very happy with the results. 

Do check out the Tips at the end for best results

Let’s get to see how to make Badusha as this goes to #DiwaliDhamaka at our group @FoodieMondayBloghop.



Prep time – 15 + 15 mins, Cook time – 20 mins, Makes – 8-10 small badusha

You need:

Maida / All Purpose flour – 1 cup (200 ml)

Ghee / Shortening – 3 tsp

salt – 1/4 tsp

Curd / yogurt – 2 tbsp

Cold water – to knead

Oil – to deep fry


Sugar syrup :

Granulated sugar – 3/4 cup

Water – 4 TBSP +2 tsp

Kewra / Vanilla essence / Saffron strands- few drops (opt.)

cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp  

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp (to prevent crystallisation) 


How to:

Rub the ghee or shortening into the salted maida till it resembles crumbs (this will take 4-8 mins). Add curd and cold water 1 tsp at a time and knead to a semi soft dough. Cover and keep for 10 mins while you make the syrup.

Make the syrup to 1-1.5 string consistency. Add the cardamom powder / essence and keep aside. Let the syrup remain warm. Add the lemon juice and stir well. 

Pinch out a lemon sized ball of the dough. Make pleats as shown on the collage above. Keep all the badusha ready (keep them covered to prevent them from going dry)

Heat adequate oil (about 1-125 cups) to fry. Gently slide the badusha one by one  into the oil, (don’t over crowd your pan) and cook on medium flame till it turns golden brown and the hissing stops.

Drain to a colander and then soak in the warm sugar syrup for 3-4 mins. Then remove with a slotted spoon and place on a greased / parchment lined tray. Repeat till all is fried and soaked.

Store in airtight container . Keeps upto a week without refrigeration. 

Notes / Tips:

  1. Use fresh maida / flour and ghee for best results. 
  2. If using butter as shortening, prefer the unsalted one. Else the badusha will turn very salty
  3. Sugar syrup has to be warm for soaking. If it turns too thick, add 1-2 drops of water and keep on flame for 1 min, it will turn normal
  4. You can add desiccated coconut / powdered sugar or nuts as topping. We prefer it plain.
  5. Don’t over crowd the pan else the temperature of the oil will come down. Fry on medium flame only. 

Other Diwali Sweets you may like on this blog:

Elakkaai Badam-Paal Kesari


Instant Jalebi


Badam Katli / Almond Fudge (GF)


Javvarisi Carrot Payasam (Sago Carrot Pudding / Kheer)


Rava Ladoo


Kashi Halwa (a.k.a Damrot)


Stuffed Dry Jamun


Low fat Malpua






  1. Wow, the Badusha looks so good! While I love them, I've never attempted to make them at home. Beautifully explained recipe. 🙂

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  3. Badusha was my favorite mithai after Gulab jamuns as a kid..your’s have come out so good.. recipes from Nani and dadi are always the best and no fail ones!! loved reading about your Diwali celebrations and the cracker competition!! ????.. Have a happy and auspicious Diwali!!

  4. Poonam Bachhav

    Loved reading your childhood Diwali memories. I have yet to try out balushahi and your detailed recipe sounds just perfect. Bookmarked it. Thanks for the share.

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Kalyani, even when I was a kid never liked bursting firecrackers. Just watched from the comfort of my home. Badusha looks so flaky and delicious. Have not tried making it at home.

  6. Vasusvegkitchen

    Badusha looks super delicious with lovely presentation Kalyani. I too prepared badusha's for this Diwali 🙂 Lovely Diwali memories Kalyani ????

  7. preethi'scuisine

    Badusha looks gorgeous and tempting.Beautifully explained Kalyani.I am yet to try it at home.Dhamakedar presentation too.

  8. Great share for festive time Kalyani !!! Badusha looks so delicious as well as flacky. And yes, you have so sweet childhood memories

  9. Badusha looks so inviting and mouthwatering. Very easy to make for beginners with your detailed tips. Thanks for sharing.

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