Five Easy South Indian Diwali Recipes

Five Easy South Indian Diwali Recipes
  • In another kadhai prepare the sugar syrup by heating the sugar and the water, till the sugar melts. Bring the syrup to a boil.
  • To test if the syrup is done, take a drop between your thumb and forefinger. If you open your fingers, a single strand should be formed by the syrup.
  • Once the syrup is done, turn the flame to low.
  • Now, add the sieved gram flour to the sugar syrup in batches as you keep stirring and mixing it alongside. This will ensure there are no lumps in the mix
  • Now take a ladleful of the ghee-oil that is simmering and add it to the besan-sugar syrup mixture. Keep stirring continuously as you add the ghee so that the ghee is absorbed by the mixture.
  • Keep adding the ghee in batches while continuously stirring and mixing. You will notice the mixture starts to leave the sides in the pan
  • Transfer this mix to another deep bottomed tray mould for shaping the Mysore Pak
  • Let it stand for about half an hour to an hour.
  • Cut the Mysore Pak into rectangular shapes and take them out by gently overturning on to a plate.
  • Relish your Mysore Pak!
  • Badusha / Balushahi

    Interestingly, Badusha in South India, is Balushahi in Northern India. It is a plain flour-based disc-shaped sweet, dipped in sugar syrup. The sweet preparation is popular during Diwali and other festive occasions in India. My guess is that this was probably, at one point, the King of all sweets – and hence called Badshah (that became Badusha in Southern lingo).  I would say the Badshah tag fits this sweet dish perfectly well because its crumbly, tasty and delicious. Personally for me, this sweet reminds me of my childhood Diwali days. Unfailingly, Amma used to make this sweet on all Diwali days. The taste of this sweet followed by some savory items used to be such a delightful contrast. Here is the recipe for Badusha or Balushahi


    For making the dough for flour patty / disc

    • 1.5 cup All Purpose Flour / Maida / Plain Flour
    • ½ tsp Sugar
    • ½ tsp Baking Powder
    • ¼ cup Ghee or Clarified Butter
    • ¼ cup Curd
    • Oil for deep frying

    For the Sugar Syrup

    • 1 cup Sugar
    • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
    1. Take a large bowl and add the Maida / Refined Flour / Plain Flour to it. Add ½ tsp sugar and the baking powder. Mix them thoroughly
    2. Add the ghee or clarified butter, and mix thoroughly. Make the mixture crumbly
    3. Add the curd now and mix well
    4. Add about ¼ cup of water, and mix well to make a dough. You don’t need to knead this like you would knead the dough for roti.
    5. Cover this with a moist cloth and allow it to stand for 15 minutes to half an hour. Make sure the dough doesn’t go dry
    6. After half an hour, you are ready to make the Badusha
    7. Take a lemon sized dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten it on your left hand with your right. Once flattened, make a hole at the centre of the disc

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