Falooda – Drink/Dessert

Falooda goes into the Indian street food category – after all the spicy chaat, you’ve gotta have Falooda to end off on a satisfied note! This wonderful and good-looking drink/dessert is just a great surprise with the refreshing rose flavor and the healthy Basil Seeds – finally a dessert that is good for you! Enjoy.



Whole Milk (aka Full Cream) – 2 cups

Basil Seeds (Tukmaria) – 1/2 tsp

Vanilla Ice Cream – 1/2 cup

Falooda Sev – handful

Rose Syrup – 5 tbsp

Sugar – 1 1/2 tbsp or to taste

Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder – 1 pinch

Pistachios – 1 tsp (corsely ground), for garnish

Vanilla Ice Cream – 2 scoops, for serving


  1. Soak the Basil Seeds (Tukmaria) in water for a minimum of 30 minutes, longer is better.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 cups of water in a pan; let it come to a boil.
  3. Add Falooda Sev and let it cook for 3 minutes. Take it off the flame.
  4. Also, heat the Milk and let it come to a boil. Take it off the flame.
  5. Add Cardamom Powder, Sugar and Rose Syrup. Mix.
  6. Strain the Falooda Sev and add it to the Milk.
  7. Allow the milk-mixture to chill in the refrigerator – approximately 3 hours.
  8.  Strain the Basil seeds and add to the chilled Milk.
  9. At this time, also add the 1/2-cup of Vanilla Ice Cream and mix it in well.
  10. In a glass, add 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and then pour the Chilled Milk.
  11. Garnish with the coarsely ground pistachios and serve immediately.
  12. Serves 2.


  1. Like your desserts sweeter – just add extra rose syrup and sugar.
  2. Very kid-friendly recipe. They can make and eat it.
  3. If you are running short on time, you can use cold milk (without boiling).  The flavor is slightly different.
  4. Health tip: Substitute Low Fat Milk and Low Fat Ice Cream.

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