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Alternative namesBalsaahi, badushah
Place of originIndian subcontinent
Region or stateBihar, India
Associated national cuisineIndia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsMaida flour, sugar, ghee

Balushahi is a traditional dessert originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is popular sweet from the Indian subcontinent. Balushahi 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.



Balushahis are made of maida flour, and are deep-fried in clarified butter and then dipped in sugar syrup.[1]


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), 12-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[2] and at Sri Rama Vilas (better-known Gundappa's hotel).[3]

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  1. ^ Glenn Rinsky and Laura Halpin Rinsky (2008). The Pastry Chef's Companion: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for the Baking and Pastry Professional. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-00955-0.
  2. ^ Shilpa Nair Foodies' destination . Yet another place to indulge your sweet tooth February 5, 2005 The Hindu
  3. ^ "Pamper that sweet tooth at Gundappa's", June 7, 2009, The Times of India.