Falooda is a popular sweet and cold drink from South Asia. It is made up of many ingredients such as rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, jelly, fruits, nuts along with milk, ice-cream or kulfi. A special type of vermicelli made of arrowroot called falooda noodles is used for the drink. Traditionally, falooda is flavored with rose syrup, but it may be substituted with other flavors like saffron, mango or strawberry. It can be served either with ice-cream or kulfi.
South Vs North Challenge, brainchild of Divya Pramil of You Too Can Cook, is an group where each month two teams- South and North, challenge each other with a regional recipe. For this month's SNC Challenge, Minnie of TheLady8Home, has challenged the South team with ice-cream falooda and and kulfi falooda and I chose the ice cream version. Lets check out how to make this popular drink easily at home.
Makes 2 tall glasses
Chilled milk - 1 cup
Rose syrup - 4 tbsp
Warm milk - 1 cup
Saffron - 1/4 tsp
Rose water - 2 tbsp
Basil seeds / Sabja / Tukmaria - 2 tbsp
Falooda noodles - a handful
Almond - 5 to 6
Pista - 8 to 10
Cashew-nuts - 3 to 4
Mixed fruits - 1/2 cup
Strawberry jelly pieces - 1/2 cup
Vanilla ice-cream - 4 scoops
Cherries - 2
1. In a bowl mix the chilled milk and rose syrup. Refrigerate until assembling.
2. In the warm milk add saffron and rose water. Mix and chill for an hour or more.
3. Soak the basil seeds in 1 cup water for 1 hour or until they have plumped up.
4. Cook the noodles in 3 cups of water until soft or as per the instructions in the packet.
5. Drain and immerse the noodles in the saffron and rose water soaked milk. Refrigerate until assembling.
6. Chop the fruits and nuts into small pieces and set aside.
To assemble the kulfi:
1. Take two tall glasses and put some jelly pieces and top with 2 tbsp of fruits in each glass.
2. Divide the noodles and add to the 2 glasses along with quarter cup of saffron milk. Top it with 2 tablespoons of basil seeds.
3. Divide and pour the chilled rose syrup into the two glasses. Top it with 2 tbsp of fruits.
4. Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and pour the remaining saffron milk and noodles into the 2 glasses. Garnish with chopped nuts and cherries.
1. I have used a fruit mix of apple, banana, pineapple, grapes and mango. Adding fruits is optional.
2. The falooda was mildly sweet. If you want more sweetness, drizzle some more rose syrup.
3. If falooda noodles in not available, you can use glass noodles or normal thin vermicelli.