Falooda for Spring!

Although it doesn’t seem like it, spring is almost here, people! Get out your rain boots and waterproof mascara! I know it’s not really warm enough yet to be eating popsicles or drinking lemonade, but I am going to get ahead of myself, and make one of my favourite cold treats for you: Falooda! Maybe you haven’t heard of this drink/dessert before, but trust me, you HAVE to try it! It’s scrumptious!

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Falooda is a popular Indian drink, which has a delicate rose flavour, and vanilla ice cream; basil (tukmaria) seeds make it almost like a bubble tea. To be honest, I’ve only had it at restaurants here, so I don’t know what the real-deal Motherland version tastes like, but I’ll show you how to make my rendition.

You need a few “exotic” ingredients for this one, but not to worry, all of these things can be found at your local Indian store.

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First, soak the basil (tukmaria) seeds in water for at least a half hour in the fridge. You’ll end up with these kinda cool-looking but kinda gross-looking bubbles. Don’t they look like frog eggs…? 😛

Before:

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After:

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Add sugar and cardamom powder to the milk. Next, stir in about a half cup of vanilla ice cream, and basil seeds. To assemble, pour a couple of tablespoons of rose syrup into the bottom of a tall glass, and gently add the milk. Top this all off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and garnish with some chopped almonds or pistachios.

Look at the pretty layers!

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When you’re ready, stir it up and enjoy!

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Special thanks to V for the beautiful pictures!

As always, scroll down for the recipe.

Thanks for visiting us! Have an amazing week! 🙂

-G

Falooda

Modified from Show me the Curry

http://showmethecurry.com/desserts/falooda-indian-drinkdessert.html

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups Milk

½ tsp Basil seeds (Tukmaria)

1/2 cup Vanilla ice cream

5 tbsp Rose Syrup

1 ½ tbsp Sugar

1 pinch Cardamom powder

1 tsp Chopped almonds/pistachios, for garnish

2 scoops Vanilla ice cream

  1. Soak the basil seeds in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Add cardamom powder, sugar to milk and mix well.
  3.  Strain the Basil seeds and add to the milk.
  4. At this time, also add the 1/2-cup of Vanilla Ice Cream and mix it in well.
  5. In a glass, add the rose syrup, and pour in the milk mixture. Then top it off with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  6. Garnish with the coarsely ground nuts and serve immediately.
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