|Alternative names||Balsaahi, badushah|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Bihar|
|Main ingredients||Maida flour, sugar, ghee|
Balushahi is a traditional dessert from the Indian subcontinent; popular 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.
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).
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- Bihari Cuisine
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- Shilpa Nair Foodies' destination . Yet another place to indulge your sweet tooth February 5, 2005 The Hindu
- Pamper that sweet tooth at Gundappa's June 7, 2009 Times of India
- Media related to Balushahi at Wikimedia Commons