Traditional Balushai Recipe

Traditional Balushai Recipe for 4 People



  • 2 cups All-purpose flour (Maida)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Ghee (clarified butter), at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt, beaten
  • Water, as needed for kneading

Sugar Syrup

  • 1 and 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 4-5 Cardamom pods, slightly crushed
  • A pinch of Saffron (optional, for the royal touch)
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice (to prevent crystallization) frying


  • Oil or Ghee, for deep frying


  1. Prepare the Dough:
  • In a large bowl, mix the all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add ghee and rub it in with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add yogurt and start to knead. Add water sparingly, just enough to bring the dough together into a soft, pliable texture. Let it rest for about 30 minutes.
  1. Shape the Balushai:
  • Divide the dough into small portions, each about the size of a golf ball. Flatten these balls slightly and make a small dent in the center with your thumb. This is where the magic happens – that classic Balushai shape!
  1. Prepare the Sugar Syrup:
  • While the dough rests, combine sugar, water, cardamom, and saffron in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then simmer until it reaches a one-string consistency. Add lemon juice, mix well, and keep it warm.
  1. Fry the Balushai:
  • Heat oil or ghee in a deep frying pan over low to medium heat. Fry the shaped dough until golden brown and crisp. This is a patience game; slow and steady wins the race to achieve that perfect texture.
  1. Soak in Sugar Syrup:
  • Dip the fried Balushai in warm sugar syrup for about 4-5 minutes, ensuring they soak up all that sweet glory. Then remove and let them cool.
  1. Garnish:
  • Feel free to sprinkle some crushed pistachios or cardamom powder on top for that extra dazzle.

Voilà! Your Balushai visual is ready, looking as enticing as I promised. Now, onto the nutrition facts, so you know exactly what kind of indulgence we’re talking about here. Given this recipe serves four, each serving roughly translates to:

  • Calories: Approximately 450-500 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: About 65-70g (primarily from sugar and flour)
  • Fats: Roughly 20-25g (thanks to our friend, ghee)
  • Protein: A modest 5-6g

Remember, these are ballpark figures. The actual numbers can vary based on the exact ingredients used and the size of each serving. Now, with all this information at your fingertips, you’re more than ready to create some sweet memories. Enjoy your culinary adventure, and may your Balushai be the highlight of the party!

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