Falooda is a popular cold beverage made by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and basil seeds along with milk and topped with ice cream. The vermicelli used is often made from arrowroot, which is available in Asian grocery stores, however you can substitute it with rice vermicelli.
I have fond childhood memories of Falooda; as after our exams our parents used to always treat us with a “Badshah” Falooda; and that was something that my siblings and I used to anxiously wait for.
This is no-where compared to the Badshah Falooda; but is a poor home-made substitute. Please do try it out…mark my words; your kids are going to love it.
Ingredients : 4 cups cold milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, ½ cup basil seeds/sabja seeds soaked in water, vermicelli (either from rice or arrowroot), 3 tablespoons rose syrup (or more), 3 big scoops of vanilla icecream, cherry or nuts for topping, 1 packet of raspberry jelly (made as per instructions in packet and set till firm).
Chill the milk in the refrigerator. When nice and cold add sugar and rose syrup, mix and chill again till serving time. Boil vermicelli in two cups of water till soft. When done drain water and add cold water; to avoid overcooking. Run a fork through the vermicelli and ensure that they are separate and not clumped together. Add a little rose syrup (or some zaffran) and sugar and chill in the refrigerator. Take a tall glass, add jelly at the bottom, some vermicelli and soaked plump basil seeds. Fill the glass till ¾ full with chilled milk. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with a little rose syrup (optional) and add a cherry or nuts on it. Serve immediately before the ice cream melts.
The men/boys in our house prefer to have their Falooda in chubby ‘Beer Mugs’; while the lone lady, who has a problem with weight always, opts for the slim and slender glass. That she quietly has a second helping is what only few know ;);)……shhhhhhhh!