Falooda Drink

Servings : 3-4

Falooda (also spelled faluda) is the perfect summer drink or when you need something cool and refreshing. It is a multi-textured dessert beverage with various cooling and delicious components. Ideal for Ramadhan!

Ingredients

  • 500ml whole or skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk (optional)
  • 4 tbsp. evaporated milk (optional)
  • 1 level tsp. corn flour mixed in a bit of water
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar (bear in mind that ice cream will be added to the drink later so you don't want it too sweet)
  • few drops of vanilla essence
  • few drops red colour
  • 10 almonds, blanched and peeled
  • some fine vermicelli or rice noodles
  • 1 tsp. tukmalanga seeds (basil seeds)
  • 1 tbsp. rooh afza/rose syrup

Instructions

Soak the tukmalanga/basil seeds for about an hour, then drain and boil them for 10 minutes or until they are soft. Drain and set aside.

Break the vermicelli or rice noodles into 1 inch pieces then boil like you would pasta, drain and refrigerate to cool.

Put the milk (and the condensed plus evaporated milk if you're using them…they make the drink richer) in a pan and add the sugar, vanilla and a few drops of red colour…just enough to turn the milk slightly pink. Bring to a simmer, then add the corn flour paste and simmer together on medium heat just until the milk thickens slightly.

Turn off the heat and let the milk come to room temperature. Add the tukmalanga seeds and the vermicelli, and the rose syrup/rooh afza. Chop/grind the nuts finely (save 2-3 for garnishing). Add the chopped nuts into the drink and stir together.

Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (or any ice cream that you like). You can garnish with slivers of blanched almonds, or fruits like grapes. You can even garnish with pieces of colourful jelly.

Drizzle some rose syrup on top and serve! 🙂

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  • As salaam waleikum. Every
    As salaam waleikum. Every time I go to a pakistani restaurant whenever I go in UK, I love to drink falouda it is so yummy! I am so happy that you put the recipe and I know for sure that everything you put is tasty and that you give the perfect amount of ingredients so it is always a hit even for us beginners!
    I always thought that the vermicelli that is put in the Falouda was actually pink agar agar! didn’t know that it was actually real vermicelli.
    But vermicelli when they are raw are like a brownish colour right? so when you’ll put it in the drink, will it stay brown or will it become pink? Or do you use another type of vermicelli that is a pasta type?
    Is your rose syrup already really sweeten, the one that I have at home is really sweet. On your picture, did you put rose syrup at the bottom of your glass also?

    • W/Salaam, the vermicelli is
      W/Salaam, the vermicelli is like a pale brown colour and after boiling it does get a little lighter. Once added in the drink it tends to take on some pinkish tones from the colour added to the milk, it does not remain brown. And yes the rose concentrate I use is sweet, I therefore use less sugar in the drink itself knowing that the syrup and icecream will add that extra boost of sweetness. No I did not add syrup to the bottom of the glass, when I drizzled some over the top, it flowed down the sides of the glass to rest at the bottom. You can then stir as you drink to redistribute it more evenly. 🙂

  • As salaam waleikum,
    As salaam waleikum,

    finally I tried it, I did it twice but in big batches. Everyone loved it as here people make a simple version of it with milk, syrup, tukmalanga seed and agar agar, it was a first for them to try it with vermicelli. The taste was so good and I also liked the consistency, topped with vanilla ice cream and pomegranates on top of it it was looking so adorable! Thank you so much again for your recipes!

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