Saatta/ Badhusha

Saatta or amchi Badhusha is a popular sweet made for many celebrations at homes or for functions , This was generally used to be made by Ranpis ( cooks) in large amounts whenever there was a function or wedding in the family . Nowadays we are able to make at our home itself albeit even in small amounts .So let’s see the recipe . This does need a little patience but the results are so satisfying that your family will thoroughly enjoy this sweet . Go through the Notes too to know all the tips given .

Ingredients :-

  • Maida – 1 heaped cup
  • Unsalted Butter – 1 scooped tablespoon
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Curds ( sweet ) – 1 tbsp.
  • Sugar – 1 level cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Method :-

  1. Measure out a heaped cup of maida . butter , baking soda & curds
  2. Take a bowl and add the butter , The butter should be at room temperature. Just scoop out a heaped tbsp of it (which should be around 50 gms). Now add the baking soda & mix them well with a spoon or better still with your hands. Whisk the batter in one direction only for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Whisk until it has changed colour & become fluffy.
  4. Now add the heaped cup of maida. Mix well with your hands so that the maida mix looks like bread crumbs.
  5. Now add the curds & mix well. Sprinkle just a little water in the mixture carefully to make a smooth soft dough .
  6. Let it rest for 5 minutes .
  7. Pinch small portions of the dough, keeping a portion in your palms knead to a smooth ball without any cracks. Flatten the ball slightly and then press with your thumb to make a deep depression in the centre.
  8. Take care to see that the balls are smooth without much cracks. This is because when you fry – the cracks may open up and your saatta s may break messing up the oil.
  9. Heat the oil to medium heat . and drop a pinch of the dough to test , If it rises up lower flame to low and drop three to four pieces .
  10. They should rise only very slowly to the top . flip over carefully and let cook slowly . so that the insides too get well cooked .
  11. Remove from the oil and let the excess oil drain .
  12. Finish frying all the saattas, and let them cool off by themselves. Do not use the ceiling fan to cool them as then the texture will change & wont be flaky.
  13. Add 1/2 cup of water in a pan. Add the sugar . Mix well and let the syrup boil vigorously till it reaches the one string stage.
  14. Switch off and let cool .
  15. When the saattas and the syrup are only slightly warm, add two or three of them at a time in the syrup .
  16. Cover them well in the syrup for about 30 seconds and move the saattas to a separate plate to cool off.
  17. Now stack them as shown in the pic below – to cool .
  18. This gives a glossy look . If you want a white sugar coating then heat the sugar syrup to two string level . then you will get saattas this way like in the pic below .
  19. Try this for this New year and enjoy with family & friends .

Enjoy the sweet Saattas with your family & friends .

Notes :-

  1. The unsalted butter should be at room temperature . Whisk only in one direction .
  2. Just mix to a soft dough , No need to knead it much .
  3. The oil should be of medium heat . otherwise the outside will be cooked while the insides will remain uncooked .
  4. There will be some sugar syrup left .Since you need to cover them well we are using a little more syrup than needed . You may use it to make any other sweet .( I used it for making Gulab jamuns ).
  5. You may omit the curds totally & use only water too.

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