• Maida – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 3 cups
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Cooking soda – Two pinches
  • Cardamom Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil – for deep frying

Combine ghee and cooking soda in a bowl and rub them with the palm of your right hand for 15 minutes. Or slightly melt the ghee and add cooking soda and beat it. Then sprinkle maida to the beaten ghee gradually and mix with your fingers lightly. Then sprinkle some water and make soft dough without forcing your strength on the dough. Keep aside closed with a wet cloth for 15 minutes.
Then take a small portion out of it and make a lime-sized ball, then flatten it, and press lightly in the center. Finish all the dough like this.
Heat oil in a kadai and when it is hot, keep the flame in medium and put four to five badhushas and fry till it turns to biscuit colour.
Add just enough water to immerse sugar and bring to boil. When the syrup is boiling with foaming bubbles, check for its consistency. It should be one string consistency, i.e. if you take a drop of syrup between your fingers, press it and if you remove your fingers you will find thread like syrup between your fingers . That is the correct texture of the syrup. Add cardamom powder in the syrup and stir well. Put the fried badhushas in the syrup and after five minutes, remove it and arrange it in a large plate.
To get a glossy look, you have to dip the badhushas in the sugar syrup two to three times. First dip it in sugar syrup, allow to stay for five minutes, take it out and keep it outside for ten minutes. Then again dip it in the syrup for five minutes and take it out. Repeat this for two to three times.


  1. came out well…v hd a very sparkling diwali wit tasty badhushas…thnks fr te recipe.

  2. came out well…v hd a very sparkling diwali wit tasty badhushas…thnks fr te recipe.

  3. Hi Vanishree,

    Nice to hear that Badhushas came out well and you had a sparking Diwali.

  4. Hi…mam.

    Came out so well…. and i would tank u for all ur recipes……

  5. Hi Anusha,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Nice to hear this recipe came out well.

  6. Suhasini Deepak

    Hi aunty,

    Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda?


  7. Hi Suhasini,

    You can use baking powder. In such case you have to add little more baking powder. You can also add little curd to get frothy structure.

  8. Suhasini Deepak

    Hi I tried it as per ur method.But when I fried in oil it crumbled totally.Can you pls give me a suggestion to improve?


  9. Hi Kamalaji,

    I tried making badhusha as per your recipe. Used exactly the same measurements mentioned by you. But the dough balls crumbled as soon as I put them in the oil for frying. Please suggest if the dough can be modified or if I can make something else out of it.

    • Hi Yamini,

      Reason may be the quantity of ghee. I used melted ghee and had no problem. Measure Maida with heaped cup and reduce the quantity of the ghee. It may come out well.

    • Hi Yamini,

      You can add little more maida to the dough and make bashudha. May be the badhusha become slightly hard, but will not break in the oil. Moreover, keep the oil in moderate heat.

    • Hi Yamini,

      One more suggestion. You can add little more maida to the dough and again make a soft dough. Make thin puri and fry it. Dip in sugar syrup and keep it. This is called “Jeera Puri”. Or make thin puri and cut it into small squares and fry it in the oil. This can be prepared spicy or sweet. Check my recipes for Thukkada.

  10. Priya Rajendran

    Hi Mami,
    I tried this and was fine except that it had little bubbles (like in puri) on the surface. I don’t know what went wrong.

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