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Falooda Exotic Milk Drink (Alcohol Free)

Servings: 1 or more
Falooda or Faluda is a popular beverage in the Indian subcontinent made primarily by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca seeds along with either milk or water. In addition to these basic ingredients, basil seeds (sabja/takmaria), tutti frutti, sugar, and ice cream may be added. The vermicelli used is often made from arrowroot or cornflour rather than wheat. The rose syrup may be substituted with another flavored base to produce kesar (saffron), mango, chocolate, and fig Falooda. Falooda is thought to be an adaption of the Persian dessert Faloodeh and was brought to the surrounding Middle Eastern countries and South Asia by Muslim travelers and merchants.

Falooda is a popular summer drink throughout North India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Middle East countries and is readily available in hotels and on beach stalls. A variant is Falooda Kulfi, where Falooda and Kulfi are served together with a syrup.

It is very similar to the Thai drink Nam Manglak, which is made from basil seeds mixed with sugar, water, and rose water. The Iraqi Kurds also have their own version; but made with thicker vermicelli.

1" (inch) Sharbat (Rose Syrup/Sweet Sherbet)
2 heaping tablespoons Nishashto (a combination of water, arrowroot or cornflour, ice water and ice)
Milk, to taste
1/2 teaspoon Tukmaria (Basil Seeds)
Vanilla Ice Cream

You will need tall drinking glasses.

To Make the Falooda:
In a tall glass pour in about 1" of Sharbat (Rose Syrup/Sherbet), then about 2 heaping tablespoons of Nishashto, pour in a little milk, to taste, 1/2 teaspoon of Tukmaria seeds and top with a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Servings: 1 or more, as desired

Source: ParsiCuisine.com
Submitted By: webmaster@ParsiCuisine.com
Date: June 22, 2009