Falooda is a traditional Indian beverage, made using milk, rose syrup, sweet basil seeds and falooda sev ( similar to vermicelli ).
There’s this restaurant called ‘ Badshaah’ in Crawford Market, Mumbai which if famous for it’s varieties of falooda’s.
Crawford market , is essentially a shopping hub, so inevitably you will find a number of people ( tired from the shopping) heading to this restaurant for a refreshing glass of this drink. Well I have been there a number of times, and have mostly ordered this simple basic rose falooda.
I always wanted to recreate this at home, but couldn’t because of the unavailability of the basic ingredients here. An hour’s drive to an Indian grocery store helped me get the tukmaria seeds and rose syrup, but was a bit disappointed to know that they didn’t have the falooda sev. Fortunately my Aunt from Mumbai was to attend her daughter’s graduation in Boston, and asked me if I needed something from India, as she planned to visit us as well during her stay. And falooda sev was on top of my list. So I finally got all my ingredients, and managed to make and relish this falooda, reminiscing good ‘ol days with my family and friends.
If you can’t find the falooda sev, you can skip it, it doesn’t have a flavor of its own, so it won’t make a difference in terms of flavor, or you can use vermicelli instead:)
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
2 cups whole milk
1 jell dessert packet
1/2 tablespoon ( tukmaria) sweet basil seeds
25 grams( about a handful) falooda sev
4 tablespoons rose syrup
nuts for garnish (optional)
2 scoops of Vanilla ice cream
1.In a saucepan , bring the milk to a boil , keep stirring in between to prevent it from burning at the bottom, Once it comes to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside till it reaches room temperature. Refrigerate until further use.
2.Prepare the jelly as per packet instructions. Let is set in the refrigerator overnight.
3.Soak 1/2 tablespoon of sweet basil seeds in about 1/2 cup of water, stir it well, and set aside for 30 minutes, Once they swell, drain the excess water in a strainer and set aside.
4.To prepare the falooda sev : Heat water ( about 125 ml) in a saucepan. Let it come to a boil. Once it has boiled, add the falooda sev, and let it cook for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes drain the falooda sev using a strainer and transfer to a bowl of cold water, to stop the cooking process further. You can cut the cooked falooda sev in smaller pieces using a kitchen scissors.
5.To assemble the falooda: Take a tall glass, add about 2 tablespoons of the sweet basil seeds, 2 tablespoons of falooda sev, 2 tablespoons of rose syrup, 1/4 cup of jelly cubes, pour the chilled and thickened milk, top with vanilla ice cream and some more jelly cubes. You can garnish with nuts. Enjoy this refreshing drink 🙂