|Alternative names||Balsaahi, badushah|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||South Bihar|
|Main ingredients||Maida flour, sugar, ghee|
|Cookbook: Balushahi Media: Balushahi|
Balushahi is a traditional dessert in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is a famous sweet of Harnaut of South Bihar. It is similar to a glazed doughnut in terms of ingredients, but differs in texture and taste. In South India, a similar pastry is known as badushah.
Badushahs (also spelled Bhadushah) are made from a stiff dough made with all-purpose flour, ghee and a pinch of baking soda. One-inch-diameter (25 mm), 1⁄2-inch-thick (13 mm) discs are shaped with hands, fried in ghee or oil and dunked in thick sugar syrup so that there is a sugar coating. They are very sweet, but tasty with a slightly flaky texture.
They are said to exhibit the traits of Mughal cuisine, possibly reflecting the trade and territorial relationships of the Mughal empire with the south. Badushah is sold in sweet shops in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Badushah have been served at Bimbis at Pazhvangadi in Thiruvananthapuram and at Sri Rama Vilas (better-known Gundappa's hotel).
- Bihari Cuisine
- Indian cuisine
- Indian sweets
- List of fried dough foods
- List of doughnut varieties
- Bangladeshi cuisine
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