Goan Bhakkam Peda / Balushahi / Badusha

By: Prasanna| Published: 8:17:00 AM

Famous Diwali sweet recipe, its Balushahi / Badusha/ Goan Bhakkam Peda! Perfect melt in mouth sweet for the festival.

It took me a while to post here but I am finally posting a recipe which is my favorite and perfect for the festival season! 
In Goa,we call it Bhakkam Peda, but surprisingly I had no idea that this recipe existed elsewhere in India with different name too.
It's also called Balushahi / Badusha.
Recipe is almost same for both,there nothing different but what differ's is how well you make it.
I had given so many attempts to this recipe and finally I could make it perfect,crispy/flaky and melt in mouth!
It does not taste like dough or thick piece of dough soaked in syrup at all. Perfect crispy/flaky sweet,just yumm!
I had recently tried this from famous sweet shops in Goa,just as a curiosity to see how well they make it and to my surprise almost everyone at home praised my recipe 😊

Best part is that ingredients are just basic,and you won't need to break your piggy bank to make them! I did some extra garnish of Pistachios and silver vark ,also added rose essence but that's optional.
You don't need to add them if you cant find them or have to specially buy them only for this recipe. I chose to add them as to make my picture stand out, I have to do something extra right!

Goan Bhakkam Peda Diwali Sweet

If you know how to make your own sweets/whether festive or everyday snacks too then you will end up having so many dishes/sweets/snacks at home and do not need to rely on store bought stuff.
Well,that is what as a food blogger I insist on! Try at home that is most economical and healthier too.
Sometimes I wonder how much are we charged by stores for buying sweets/bakes!

Here is another famous recipe of mine that I had shared before and very festive,Goan Doodh Peda!
Also, another special sweet is very famous, that is Khaja!

Badusha Balushahi

Print Recipe

Balushahi / Goan Bhakkam Peda
Diwali sweet and very famous for any wonderful occassion,its Badusha/Balushahi/Goan Bhakkam Peda! Perfect melt in mouth dessert.
  • 1 & 1/4 Cup APF / Maida
  • 2 Pinches Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (Powdered)
  • 2 Tablespoons Yogurt
  • 4 Tablespoons Ghee Clarified Butter
  • 1/4th Cup Milk
  • For Sugar Syrup:
  • 3/4th Cup Sugar (Powdered)
  • 3/4th Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Rose Essence / Kewra Essence
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 10 No Pistachios ,sliced
  • 1 sheet Silver Varkh / Edible Silver Leaf
  • Ghee/Oil to fry
In a sauce Pan,add the water and sugar and boil it to make sugar syrup.
When the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has reached 1 String consistency then switch off the gas.
i.e.when the sugar syrup holds to one string between your thumb and index finger.
To this add the rose essence and lime juice.
Mix well and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl,add ghee and sugar,and beat it well till the sugar dissolves.
To this add the soda and flour and mix well.

Further,add the yogurt,milk and make smooth and soft dough.
Let the dough be very soft and gooey.

 That's the right dough consistency you should get.
If the dough gets very sticky, add little flour to it to adjust the consistency.

Now,apply little ghee to your palm,pinch a dough ball and roll it to make smooth ball.
With your thumb make a small dent / impression at the center of the ball.

Meanwhile,heat oil / ghee in a thick bottom pan / kadai.
When its hot bring the flame to medium and start frying these pedas.
Once they are golden brown,drain them and directly drop them in the sugar syrup.

Coat the peda with the sugar syrup and let it sit in the syrup for 2 minutes.
Then take the pedas out of the sugar syrup and arrange on the plate.
Garnish them with sliced pistachios and silver varkh.
Enjoy these yummy Bhakkam Pedas !
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10 Pieces

Festival Sweet Festive sweet

  • You can skip  rose essence if you do not wish to add in the recipe.
  • You can try adding Kewra essence too.
  • The lime juice is added to avoid sugar syrup crystallization.
  • Make the dough real soft, that will make the final peda melt in mouth.
  • These are best enjoyed warm.
  • Make sure the cracks in your dough ball are very slight.
  • If you drop the dough ball with lots of cracks then there is a possibility that the peda will crack open when you are frying them.

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    1. Awesome......
      I would like to taste it at your restaurant....

    2. Mmmm, looks and sounds good! I have never had one!

    3. After reading the recipe, I'm really wondering what these taste like... It sounds like a doughnut - which, of course, I love.

      1. Haha :) yes Lisa ..even I realized it now. That makes me think how recipes are common across oceans!

    4. These look so amazing! I love the silver leaf on it, so pretty!

    5. These are so pretty I'd love to give them a go!

    6. These are so gorgeous and sound absolutely amazing!

    7. Beautiful! I've had these at Indian restaurants in Canada, but never was that impressed. Like you said, they were like dough soaked in syrup. But these ones make me want to try them out at home.

      1. Thank you so much :) These are perfect flaky one's for the festival :)

    8. Wow, these sweets look delicious! I would love to give them a try!

    9. Our neighbor makes these pedas for Diwali and we always get to taste them. =) I don't eat sweets but I do enjoy Indian sweets for their intense flavors. btw any idea where one can buy those silver leafs in Goa? I found some in Jaipur the other day but I really would like to be able to buy them here too.

      1. Thanks Helen :) You can easily find them in Mapusa market and even Amazon carries them!

    10. What an amazing authentic recipe. They look so pretty too with the silver leaf

    11. balushahi is soo indulgent and i love it everytime i go to the store, i buy a dozen :)

    12. These sound very good. Wish I could find the ingredients to make them somewhere near me, so I could taste them.

      1. Thanks Kimberly :) Luckily Amazon has almost all ingredients on it :)

    13. These are very pretty. I have never used edible silver before, but your recipe makes me want to give it a try. I love the flavor rose adds to desserts, and I can imagine how good these are. I will be making these soon. I know my family will love them.

    14. Simply wow! I am going to try this.
      Thank you for sharing on FB.

    15. I'd love to try making sweets like this. They're so fun and festive and they look delicious!

    16. Your dessert sounds heavenly! I bet the rose water really adds a special flavor to the sweet treat! I don't usually eat desserts but your pedal are very tempting. I would really love to sample them.

    17. Is this like gulab jam? I LOVE gulab jam and yours looks amazing:) Adding this to my list of things to make.

    18. These are adorable! They look so light and fluffy!

    19. Perfect diwali dessert. I love the use of rose water for that heavenly aroma and flavor. Wont mind indulging into this one this festive season.

    20. One of the things I absolutely love about food blogs is getting to see all sorts of delicious things I never would have otherwise been exposed to, like this recipe! I can't wait to give it a try!


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