Happy Diwali! Wishing everyone a happy and safe Diwali. Here are few traditional sweets and snacks. Click on the images for the recipe. Check out the new badusha recipe.
This is my second recipe for badusha without using curd. You can find the first version with curd here. This recipe is from Mallika Badrinath’s book ” Traditional Sweets”. The original recipe calls for Dalda/Vanaspathi. But I used unsalted softened butter. It works really well too. Check out the inside of the badusha. It is soft and flaky. Yummmmm……
Tips for making Badusha:
The first problem with badusha is the uncooked center. Always cook badusha on low to medium heat. It will take more than 10 minutes for the badusha’s to cook in oil and turn golden brown. If the oil is too hot, turn off the heat and let the badusha’s cook slowly.
To prevent the badusha from puffing up like poori, make a deep depression in the center. Mallika Badrinath’s tips is to poke the middle of the badusha with a bamboo skewer while frying to prevent the badusha from rising in the middle.
The ingredients below makes approximately 10 badusha’s.
Ingredients for badusha:
- Unsalted butter/Dalda – 5 tbsps (butter should be at room temperature)
- Baking soda – a pinch
- All purpose flour / Maida- 1 + 1/2 cups
- Water – as required
- Oil – for deep frying
Ingredients for sugar syrup:
- Sugar – 3/4 cup
- Water – 1/2 cup
Method for making badusha:
- Mix butter/dalda and baking soda together in a mixing bowl. Use your fingers to mix them for 10 minutes.
- Slowly incorporate the all purpose flour/ maida into the butter mixture using water.
- Form a soft dough. Do not knead the dough.
- Cover the bowl with a wet cloth and set it aside for 5 minutes.
- Divide the dough into lemon size balls.
- Roll each ball of dough using the palm of your hand and flatten them. Use your finger to make a depression in the middle.
- Cover the prepared badusha’s with a wet cloth and set them aside.
- Heat oil in a wok for deep frying the badusha’s. The oil should be on moderate heat.
- Gently slide few badusha’s into the oil.
- Poke the centers of the badusha’s using a wooden skewer.
- Flip the badusha and let the other side cook.
- The badusha will take more than 12 minutes to cook on medium hot oil. Turn off the stove if the badusha’s are cooking too fast.
- Turn the heat on again after the oil has cooled down a bit.
- When the badusha’s turn golden brown,remove the badusha’s from the oil using a slotted spoon/jallikarandi/ladle onto a paper towel lined plate.
- Follow the instructions above and fry the rest of the badusha’s.
Method for making sugar syrup:
- Heat water and sugar together in a saucepan.
- Make a sugar syrup of one string consistency.( Dip a spoon in the sugar syrup. Let the syrup cool down a bit. Take a little sugar syrup on your pointing finger. Press your pointing finger and thumb together gently. When you pull the pointer and thumb apart slowly, you will see a string of sugar syrup.)
- Turn off the heat.
- Dip the badusha’s in the sugar syrup.
- Make sure that all the sides are covered in sugar syrup.
- Remove the badusha’s from the syrup and let it rest on a parchment paper lined tray/plate.
- I suggest dipping the badusha’s two or three times in the sugar syrup. The badusha has to dry a bit between each coat.
- If the sugar syrup crystallizes, add little water to the sugar syrup and heat it until the sugar melts.
- Let the badusha’s rest until the sugar syrup has completely dried.
- Store the badusha’s in an airtight container.
Diwali falls on 17 October 2009. It is the festival of lights. Diwali is a time for fun, frolic and delicious food(Forget the diet!!). The excitement starts a month before the festival. It starts with the shopping of clothes. All the shops are crowded, specially Ranganathan street (T.Nagar,Chennai). People throng the silk and jewelry stores. The cracker stores can be seen in every nook and corner. But the major sales start a week before Diwali. People start bursting the crackers they have on reserve that was purchased the previous year. Colorful shots of crackers lights up the sky at night. The ladies of the home start making sweets and snacks. Murukku, ribbon pakoda, rava ladoo, ladoo, adhirasam, mysore pak, badusha, susiyam, kaara boondhi and mixtures. The day before Diwali is always exciting. On Diwali eve people burst crackers, light lamps and decorate the entrance to the home with beautiful rangolis / kolams.
Diwali starts with an oil bath and then the pooja. Goddess Lakshmi is offered sweet, snacks and fruits. Visiting friends and relatives and greeting them with sweets is also a part of the festival. After the pooja you can enjoy the snacks and the rest of the day is spent watching TV. People continue bursting crackers late into the night. The entire day is fun.
Here are few traditional sweets and snacks for Diwali.Click on the images for the recipe.