Balushahi is a fried dessert with its origin in Northern India. You may find it in UP, Bihar, NCR, and Rajasthan quite easily.
To make the dough:
- All-purpose Flour/ Maida: 250g
- Baking Powder: 1/4 Tsp.
- Baking Soda: 1/2 Tsp.
- Salt: 1/4 Tsp.
- Ghee: 50g
- Plain Curd: 75g (Cold)
- Cold Water: 2 Tbsp.
To make the Sugar Syrup:
- Sugar: 250g
- Water: 1/2 Cup
- Green Cardamom: 3
- Saffron: a few
- Lemon Juice: 1 Tbsp.
- Oil: sufficient for deep frying
- Ghee: 2 Tbsp.
- Chopped Pistachios: a few
- Take All-purpose Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and also Salt in a bowl and mix those.
- Now add Ghee to it and mix using the fingers until the mixture turns sand-like.
- Add Curd and gather the mixture in one place.
- Do not over-knead it as over-kneading may lead to gluten formation.
- If needed add very little water while kneading.
- The entire kneading process should not take more than 2 minutes.
- Cover the dough with a cloth for 10 minutes.
- Divide the dough into twelve equal portions.
- Give those around shape however do not press much.
- If the dough ball is having a few cracks on it, let those be as it is.
- Now using your thumb make an impression in the mid so that there's a hole.
- It would look like a small doughnut.
- Shape the rest of the Balushahis.
- Take Sugar along with water in a pan.
- Add Green cardamom and also saffron to it and bring it to boil.
- While boiling add lemon juice.
- Remove the impurities from the top if needed.
- The syrup should be of two-string consistency.
- It will take around 8-9 minutes to make the syrup.
Frying the Balusahi:
- Now heat oil in a pan.
- Add 2 Tbsp. Ghee to it.
- Keep the flame on the lower side.
- The oil should not be over-heated.
- Put 4-6 balusahis at one go depending on the size of the pan.
- The balls should be dipped in the oil halfway through.
- You need to fry those at low temperatures.
- It will take 12-14 minutes to fry one batch.
- The balls are super soft and hence you cannot turn those much while frying.
- You can turn after the first three minutes of frying and then after every three minutes.
- After 12-14 minutes the balls should have a nice golden brown color.
- Strain those from the oil.
Soaking in Syrup!
- In the meanwhile, warm the syrup. It should not be excessively hot.
- Put around 5 Balusahis in one go and coat with the syrup.
- Turn after 3 minutes and let it soaked.
- It will take 10 minutes of soaking.
- Garnish the Balusahi with chopped Pistachios.
- Dry those in room temperature before storing in an air-tight container.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Indian
- Serving Size: 75g
- Calories: 376
- Sugar: 21.3g
- Sodium: 61mg
- Fat: 24.9g
- Saturated Fat: 6.4g
- Carbohydrates: 37.4g
- Fiber: 0.6g
- Protein: 2.6g
- Cholesterol: 17mg