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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123 thoughts on “Falooda – Drink/Dessert

  1. hi, i tried this, it came out so good, thanks……but can i add fruits,cherries and some people even says to put cornflakes…….??? falooda is full of scoops of variety of ice creams, my friends all says…….what do u people think? And what you people prefer to make a rich falooda?

    1. Hi Ramya,

      You could add some fruits, though we have never tried falooda with fruits or with cornflakes. Falooda does have ice cream but we like the classic taste of vanilla ice cream. You can change up the ice cream but you have to take into account that the flavor of the ice cream may clash with the rose flavor.

      1. Hi guys, I tried the falooda with Kulfi, which I also find the recipe by hetal and anuja. it brings the indian taste which we cannot find in the US. I highly recommend everyone to make falooda with kulfi.


  2. Your recipes and cookery demonstrations are absolute wonderful and simple and healthy.Some one had been commenting about your accent, she sound vicious to me,it is not nice.I believe you guys are living in the US and naturally you would acquire an accent with respect to the locality you are living and that is natural.However I tried many of your recipes and they are very good.By the way where can I purchase the type of chatty you used to make APPAM (in Kerela style).

  3. I so love your recipes…. they are fool proof! I know you have the perfect recipes to go by… and after making so many of your recipes I can still say – you have never failed me! Thanks a lot and keep it up!

    Btw, the falooda turned out awesome… best dessert for the summer! 🙂

  4. Just letting u kno…Falooda is afgani! Its not indian!! I love how u indians claim naan as indian too!! Naans are afgani too!!!! U guys are hilarious!! INDIAN FAIL!! Stop trying to take others stuff!! U copy cats!!

    1. What a loser you are. Why an’t you celebrate the fact that the dessert/ food has been assimilated and appreciated in many countries. As for your claim that these items are Afghani, what proof do you have? Go tell the Iranians your views. They will have some choice words for you. These 2 wonderful ladies are just demonstrating a recipe of a dessert which is common in India. They did not claim that it originated in India. Just appreciate that simple, direct and honest way of presenting the recipe.

  5. Hey Guys!

    Thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart coz yu gave me my life back with this recipe. I loved fluda back in Punjab and now I can make it at my home staying away from Punjab! 🙂

    Thanks a lot once more, yu guys rock! 🙂

  6. Hi gals, I love dis falooda recipe of yours, I made mine with full cream instead of milk n it taste amazing, if possible can we see some more drinks to quench thirst, neways u gals keep up da gud work.

    1. Hi Shasa,

      It should be okay. Just to be sure, I would take out a little bit to the side and add the sherbet syrup. If it tastes good, continue :).


    1. Hi Amandeep,

      You can find Tukmaria at your local Indian grocery store. Basil comes in many varieties and we are not sure if the seeds in the garden section (most probably for Italian basil) are the same as Tukmaria. Also, the processing for garden seeds may be different from the ones meant for consumption so you may not want to take that risk.

  8. Hi can we add chia seeds instead of basil seeds? N @ kavita, pls don’t discourage people like that. If you don’t like them than don’t watch their video. It’s as simple as that. These ladies put up their hard work to make such wonderful videos of different recipes to help people out. N btw they are Indian, why do you expect them to have American accent? They put up these videos in English so non Indian people can make their wonderful recipes. If you can’t accept someone’s nice work than atleast dont degrade them. And I must say these two wonderful ladies have passion for cooking n what do you have? Just negative thinking. Pls make a positive thinking out of anything and you will see how beautiful this world is.start loving people as they are. Life is very short. Make something positive out of it.

    1. Thanks for your support Pari.

      We have never actually tried chia seeds. I know they plump up similar to basil seeds (my kids had a Chia Pet 🙂 ) but I am not certain of their taste.

  9. Hi Heetal & Anuja,

    I sincerely appreciate your efforts and your explanation. Its very clear. I tried the rasamalai, cutlet and samosa and they all came out very well , credits to you
    both :-).I have some of the old south indian recipes which my mom shared with me. Please let me know whether i can share the same with you.

    In order to prepare Naan is yeast a very important ingredient is there anything else which can be replaced?

    All the best !! and keep up the good work.

      1. Hi Anuja,

        Thanks for your reply and i have sent the recipe to the above said email id’s. Hope you like them.

        Jyothi 🙂

  10. Hi didi,

    Can i use Roofza that we get at the indian grocery store for this recipe. I have it in the pantry for a while and thought of using it (if it can be ) since buying rose syrup just for this recipe would not be that useful. I do have that rose water though that is transparent and more diluted..and not sweet at all. Please advise me.

    I want to make this some time next month since my mummy or my in laws may visit us. (im already very excited!!!)

    This just reminds me so much abt my late father!!


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