A falooda is a great summer treat! It's an ice cream pepped up with syrup and basil seeds.
📕 What is Falooda?
Having probable roots in Persia and available in Middle Eastern and East Asian countries, Falooda is an Indian drinkable ice cream dessert that will certainly be the most refreshing way to enjoy your summer.
There are many ways to enjoy falooda - it can contain ice cream with syrup or even seeds.
Falooda may also contain vermicelli noodles depending upon which part of the world the recipe comes from.
Falooda is often paired with ‘rabri’, which is a popular Indian dessert made with sweet, condensed milk and garnished with sugar, spices, and nuts.
This epic combination of rabri and falooda is very well-known in many parts of India and is a much-loved dessert in the country.
If you’re looking for a change of pace from the plain ol’ iced coffee and a quick, cool, effortless, summer ice cream beverage is on your mind, Falooda is a must-try!
Kids and adults are sure to enjoy this dessert with its inviting pink gradient from top to bottom with ice cream and seeds floating on the top.
This recipe will help you make homemade Falooda (without vermicelli noodles) from scratch using just four ingredients.
You may use any milk that is available.
Ice-cream used for Falooda is usually vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, or plain kulfi.
Any red flavored syrup such as rose, raspberry, strawberry, pomegranate or cherry may be used for this recipe. Mango syrup may also be used for an orange-colored Falooda.
Sabja seeds (also known as Falooda seeds, basil seeds, or tukmaria seeds) are ideal for this recipe.
Holy basil seeds (also known as tulsi) may also be used but these are smaller than sabja seeds and may not be readily available.
The fun thing about Falooda is that when seeds are added, they blow up and develop a jelly-like texture, causing them to float on top.
You may choose to add vermicelli noodles to the Falooda in small quantities as well, depending upon preference.
🔪 How to make it?
Here is how you can make your own quick and easy falooda at home. This is an overview, the full recipe is in the printable recipe card below.
Place Ice cream in a tall glass.
Sprinkle half of the syrup and seeds over that.
Fill up the glass with milk.
Pour remaining syrup over the floating ice cream and sprinkle with some more seeds to garnish.
Falooda is best served straight away with a spoon and straw. It is always best to use sustainable straws which can be reused later.
If crunchy dessert is where your heart is, be sure to dress up your Falooda with pistachios, almonds, or crispy vermicelli as garnish.
Some additional syrup can also be sprinkled on top of the Falooda for better effect and stronger taste.
Yes, but if too many ice-cubes are added, you risk diluting the Falooda and reducing its taste so adding ice-cubes is not recommended. Falooda is usually thick, and ice cream is enough to cool it.
Sabja seeds (also called tukmaria or basil), holy basil seeds (also known as tulsi) or chia seeds may be used.
Falooda tastes fresh, cool, creamy with little jelly-like seeds on the tongue. The flavor is also heavily influenced by the syrup (rose syrup, mango syrup etc.) used.
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Falooda Ice Cream Recipe
- 3 scoops Ice Cream Vanilla, Butterscotch or Kulfi
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Basil Seeds or Chia Seeds + extra for topping
- 2 Tablespoon Flavored Syrup Raspberry, cherry, strawberry, Rose
- Place ice cream scoops in a tall glass.
- Sprinkle half of the syrup and all the seeds over the ice cream.
- Top up with milk. The ice cream will pop up and float.
- Pour some more syrup over the floating ice cream.
- Sprinkle with a few more seeds.
- Serve up immediately cold. Mix up and enjoy.
- One serving is about 12 fl oz/ 350 ml.