Hello everyone! Diwali is over and honestly, I feel a little sad every time I realise that Diwali 2016 has gone by. Although, I am happy at the same time that I enjoyed the festivities to my maximum ability. I took up some new endeavours this time and I must say I was not just happy, I was extremely proud of myself. Until about a few months back, I could not even think about making food the way I have been doing the past few months. It may sound like I am sitting on my high horse, but I guess everyone once in while deserves to do that! I am enjoying and appreciating what I have been doing. I never want to forget that till last year, I was nothing but a novice who had just entered the kitchen and knew practically nothing about hands-on cooking. I never could have thought that I could make something like Balushahi myself, for example! That’s what I made this Diwali and I am going to share the recipe with you. If I could do it in my first attempt, you can do it too!



balushahi recipe

So what is Balushahi? Balushahi is basically an Indian mithai which is made during the festive season mostly. It is doughnut-like in appearance but is flaky and soft from the inside and crispy from the outside. These deep fried morsels are dunked in a thick sugary syrup for a few minutes and then garnished with dry fruits. In my opinion, this is a perfect Indian style dessert for those who don’t like things too sweet. Like me! This has a perfect amount of sweetness on the outside and are absolutely melt-in-the-mouth once you take a bite out of it!


This dessert is perfect for those times when you don’t have khoya at hand, which is what most of the Indian sweets are made of. Balushahi is made from ingredients that are easily available in Indian households. Also, unlike most Indian desserts, these can be stored in an airtight container and can be stored for upto 2 weeks. This is a deceptively simple dessert to make yourself. The only thing that you need is a little bit of patience. That’s because, these Balushahi are supposed to be fried at a low heat to get that perfect crispy exterior while making sure the interior is also cooked through. But I am sure, once you read the recipe, you will not be intimidated by it. It is so simple!

So let us not waste any more time and let’s get started with the recipe!

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Balushahi Recipe
This is the easiest recipe for an amazing dessert which is flaky from the inside and crisp on the outside!
how to make balushahi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
how to make balushahi
  1. In a big bowl, add the maida and baking soda. Mix well with your hands.
  2. Add ghee and mix everything together properly. Now add the dahi, cardamom seed powder and food color and mix well.
  3. Slowly, add little by little water and knead the dough. Be careful with the water. You want the dough to be slightly softer that poori dough.
  4. Make sure to not work the dough too much. Knead only till everything is combined. It does not have to be a smooth dough. This will ensure that when you make balls out the dough, the irregularities will let the sugar syrup absorb better.
  5. Let the dough rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, in a shallow pan, add the sugar and water and let the sugar melt. Keep stirring. The syrup should be 'one string' consistency.
  7. Side by side, start making small balls with the dough between the palms of your hands. Flatten the balls and pinch in the middle, such that there is an indentation in the middle.
  8. Heat oil in a wok and heat it on low flame. Add the balls one by one. Dont overcrowd the wok. Flip once the balls float to the surface. Let them cook for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Once one batch of balls is fried properly, dunk them into the prepared sugar syrup. Toss them around for about 1-2 minutes.
  10. Remove and garnish with finely shopped almonds or any other nuts of your choice. Ready to serve!
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This recipe is perfect for Diwali and other such festivals. You can check out my recipe for Besan Ladoo, Rasgulla and Milk cake also.

balushahi diwali sweets

I hope you try this. I would be looking forward for feedback!

Till next time…

XO, Sakshi!


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