DRINKS - Falooda
This was the drink of our dreams as kids. It was an occasional treat whenever we were taken shopping to the city. In essence it is a milkshake but it's not any milkshake - it is the queen of them all. Enriched with a velvety rose syrup and sweet basil seeds, this is a drink that satisfies the body and soul. Serve as a pick me up on a hot day when you are not in the mood for a warm meal.
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- Prepare a Strawberry Jelly according to packet instructions in a shallow box so that you can cut out into 1 cm squares when it has set. This step is optional.
- Soak 2 tsps Basil seeds* in 1/2 cup water about half an hour before you want to assemble this drink. When ready to you use strain out the water and reserve the seeds.
- In a tall glass pour in 1 cup cold milk.
- Then drizzle in 4 tbsp Rose Syrup** (if you like a cloudy look like we do) or you can simply stir the syrup into the milk so it turns into a bright pink colour.
- Now add the previously soaked basil seeds
- Top it with 2 tbsp of the chopped strawberry jelly (optional)
- Now for the crowning glory - a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Eat gingerly and watch the heat take a backseat as you get transported to heaven :)
NOTE: In India, about 1/4 cup of cooked fine vermicelli is placed in the bottom of the glass before the milk is poured in.
*available in any Indian grocery store known as Sabja Seeds or Tukamaria - you will find this seeds is used in other Indian cooling drinks like Shikanjvi (Indian Lemonade).
** also available at an Indian grocery store