Citizens, the “Week of World Pasta” nears its end with a unique pasta drink/dessert from India!
Falooda is a cold beverage popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made from mixing just four ingredients – soaked sabja (sweet basil) seeds, rose syrup or rooh afza, falooda sev (these are vermicelli made from corn starch) and chilled milk.
There is no need to add any sugar, as the sweetness of the rose syrup is enough to make the falooda sweet.
Top with a bit of dry fruits or vanilla ice cream and your falooda is ready. You have to enjoy this dessert drink with a spoon.
Falooda is equally popular all over India, but especially in Delhi and Mumbai. It is not only delicious but also very cooling for dealing with the Summer heat, as both sabja seeds and rooh afza are very cooling in nature.
If you do not have falooda sev, substitute whole wheat vermicelli instead.
Enjoy this delicious and unique pasta dessert drink, my Citizens – tomorrow is the final day of the Week Of World Pasta Recipes!
⅓ cup falooda sev noodles
4 to 5 tbsp soaked sabja seeds/sweet basil seeds (soak about ½ tbsp sabja seeds in enough water)
4 cups chilled whole milk mixed with 1 tsp of freshly-ground cardamom
4 scoops of vanilla bean gelato
5 to 6 tbsp rose syrup
5 to 6 shelled pistachios, sliced or slivered
5 to 6 cashews or almonds, sliced
5 to 6 golden raisins
Soak ½ tbsp of sabja seeds in water for about 30 to 40 mins. Once they swell, drain and then set them aside.
Prepare the falooda sev according to package instructions.
If cooking the sev, then once cooked, rinse the cooked falooda sev in water. Drain and keep them aside, let them cool completely.
In 4 glasses each, add 1.5 to 2 tbsp rose syrup, depending upon your taste you can add less or more. 2 tbsp of rose syrup makes it more sweet.
Then add 1 or 1.5 tbsp of sabja seeds, add 1 to 1.5 tbsp of the falooda sev.
In a slow stream, pour about ¾ to 1 cup milk, and then top with one scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Garnish with a few raisins, sliced pistachios, almonds or cashews. Serve the falooda immediately with a spoon.
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