Baadusha is a deep fried South India dessert which is made on special occasions like festivals. We've been making these babies for Diwali in the recent years. One of the quickest desserts to make! The only 'work' involved is the deep frying and even that can be easy with a partner.
2 C maida/all purpose flour (I do intend to try these out with whole wheat flour at some point though)
1/2 C cold coconut oil + more for deep frying
2 C sugar
2 C water + more for the dough
A generous pinch of baking soda
Tiny pinch of salt
Chopped nuts - pista, almond, cashew
Fry the chopped nuts in a bit of coconut oil until lightly brown, strain and keep aside.
Pour this strained oil plus the remainder of the 1/2 C oil into the flour along with the salt and rub everything together until crumbs form.
Sprinkle the soda on top, add a little bit of water and knead into a soft dough.
Cover with a moist cloth and keep aside for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare a slightly thick sugar syrup with the sugar and water by boiling them together.
While the syrup is still warm, heat the oil for deep frying.
Shape the dough into little balls, flatten them and press your thumb (or index or whichever finger you like) down in the middle to form a crater in each one.
In batches, deep fry them in the hot oil on a medium flame until golden brown and transfer them directly into the warm sugar syrup.
Let them soak for about 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer them onto a plate and place the nuts in the craters.
After they cool slightly, the sugar syrup will harden a bit and form a layer on top.
At this point the Baadushas are ready to munch on. :)