Badhusha

BadhushaI attempted this sweet on the New Year’s eve of 2014. The first attempt was an instantaneous hit. Of course, I tried to follow every instruction in the recipe to the tee.  I got the inspiration to try this one from my very close family circle. This sweet was made by someone for the Christmas party and everyone was praising it a lot and I did not attend the party that year. So I felt like attempting it and searched at google for its recipe. I found several but I have chosen one from it and the rest was history.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Maida – 2 cups (all purpose flour)
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Curd – 2 tbsps
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup, melted
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Water – as required
  • For sugar syrup:
  • Sugar – 1 1/2 cups
  • Water – 1 1/2 cups
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder – pinch (elaichi)

Method of preparation:

  1. In a wide bowl, sift maida, baking powder and baking soda. Add sugar and mix well. Make a well in the center, add curd and ghee and mix with the maida. It should resemble bread crumbs. Add a little more curd if required. Now slowly add little water and make a soft and pliable dough. Leave aside covered for at least an hour.
  2. In a stainless steel vessel, add sugar and water and allow the sugar to dissolve on medium flame. Reduce flame to low, allow the sugar syrup to thicken lightly. The syrup should be sticky on touch and it should reach one string consistency. Add lemon juice and elachi powder and turn off flame.
  3. After the dough has rested, do not knead. To prepare badusha, pinch off lemon sized dough and roll into balls. Flatten the balls lightly and make a depression in the center using your thumb. Making the depression is crucial, so do not skip this step. You can also make another shape of the badusha similar to the ones shown in the image above. Lightly flatten along the edge of the flattened ball using the tips of your forefinger and thumb and pinch it inwards to form a pleated edge. Make a slight depression in the center of the badusha.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel till hot but not smoking hot. Add a small piece of dough into the oil and if it sizzles and comes to the surface, the oil is ready for deep frying. TURN OFF FLAME. Now slowly add 3 to 4 badushas into the hot oil and allow them to rise to the surface of the oil. Do not skip this step. It is similar to how we would fry gulab jamuns.
  5. Once the badushas surface to the top of the oil, turn on flame to low and cook on both sides till golden brown. The key to a good badusha is in the deep frying. The badushas have to cook slowly and do not rush through the process by trying to cook them on high flame as they will remain uncooked inside. It has to reach golden brown color. Do not over cook it to a darker golden shade.
  6. Using a slotted ladle, remove the badushas from the hot oil and place them gently in the warm sugar syrup. Once the badusha sits in the syrup, use a ladle and allow it to sink inside the syrup such that it is coated all over. Allow to sit in the syrup till the next batch of badusha is done. In between do flip over to the othe side so that the badushas absorb the syrup evenly. Remove from the syrup and place them on a plate and allow to come to room temperature.
  7. Store in an air tight container. They stay fresh for at least 3 to 4 days at room temperature. You can refrigerate them for longer shelf life.

Tips:

  • Cook the badushas on low flame only till they achieve a golden shade. They have to cook slowly so that the insides are completely cooked.
  • Soak in sugar syrup for a longer period than specified in the recipe, if you feel the badusha needs more soaking time.
  • Try to keep the sugar syrup warm at all times. You can heat over gentle flame to warm it.

recipe courtesy: http://www.sailusfood.com/

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“You’ve got to give a little, take a little ” – Guess Who is Coming to Dinner

guesswhoiscomingtodinnerGuess Who Is Coming To Dinner – The film contains a (then rare) positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which historically had been illegal in most states of the United States, and still was illegal in 17 states—mostly Southern states—until 12 June 1967.

I have seen this movie several times – I adore this movie – Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy – nailed their performances #ToATee. loved it. No lesser performances from Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton (Katherine Hepburn’s niece)

I happened to see this movie again with my niece, Prithi.

small glimpse of the amazing performance from Ms. Hepburn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7__WVG7vM8

No matter how many times I had seen this movie, I haven’t read about anything related to this movie on the net. I didn’t know anything about off screen details except Ms. Hepburn and Mr. Tracey had a living together relationship. And another interesting fact is she had lived in a townhouse 4 streets away from my place in New York.

Yesterday for some reason I was reading about Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and I was shocked to know that Spencer Tracy was critically ill when this movie was happening and passed away 2 weeks after this movie finished shooting. He was not alive to see this movie on the big screen and Katherine Hepburn could not see the movie completely as she was emotionally connected to Mr. Tracy and memories of Tracy were so painful. It happened almost 50 years ago, but some how it affected me very much as it happened yesterday and I was choked by emotion and felt very sad as it happened to someone very close to me. and then I started reading about Spencer Tracy and it was very painful to read about his suffering, addiction to alcohol and his infidelity. But somehow I am very happy that he had begun a life long relationship with Katharine Hepburn (for 26 years) and she became devoted to him and their relationship lasted until his death. And Tracy spent the majority of the last two years at home with Hepburn, living what she described as a quiet life: reading, painting and listening to music

Some how I was literally awestruck when I listened to this song yesterday which never happened to me in my earlier views of this movie. Here is the lyrics

THE GLORY OF LOVE

You’ve got to give a little, take a little 
And let your poor heart break a little 
That’s the story of, 
That’s the glory of love 

You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little 
Until the clouds roll by a little 
That’s the story of, 
That’s the glory of love 

As long as there’s the two of us 
We’ve got the world and all its charms 
And when the world is through with us 
We’ve got each other’s arms 

You’ve got to win a little, lose a little 
Yes, and always have the blues a little 
That’s the story of, 
That’s the glory of love 

That’s the story of, 
That’s the glory of love

and watch the full song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW8qwOrPJQs

Just watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbFOOgXmxD – Mr. Tracy asking the waitress about an ice-cream he has eaten earlier which he did not remember its name and after she served another one which he thought that it would be the one ; but it is not but he liked even the new one she served and telling her to remember its name so that she could serve this one in his next visit – through this whole episode some how he had so many resemblances to my husband and this reminded me my husband.

His Dinner Speech in the movie – must watch- I want to write every word he spoke- every word is priceless – touches my heart very deeply.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6QiEqWcYrA&list=PLGfxWh3lNFWHO-l3L6GrMXqLoQxwsE1kb

“The memories are there: clear, intact and indestructible” so touching, so emotional and it was very heart touching to see the teary eyes of Ms. Hepburn – those certainly speak her love towards him – both real and reel; the concern and emotional roller coaster that she has been on – again both real and reel.

And the astonishing fact is that Mr. Tracy did not appear on the screen that he had been terminally ill. I wonder why he couldn’t get an Oscar for his performance even though he had been nominated for this role, but Ms. Hepburn got the Oscar – well deserved.

Mr. Spencer and Ms. Hepburn – this is a small tribute to my most adorable people, still feeling sad for Mr. Tracy – even when I am penning these few things going over my heart and my mind …. Love you both