Rose Falooda – An ice cream float with aromatic rose syrup, cool sweet basil seeds, thin noodles, and cold milk topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and nuts of your choice!
Summer to us means lots of watermelons, mangoes, lemonade and of course ‘Rose Falooda’ enjoyed with family and friends. Rose Falooda is one my favorite thing to make for summer barbecue parties! This super easy recipe is a sure crowd pleaser with its refreshing flavors. It does not require any cooking once you have few ingredients on hand – Rose syrup, sweet basil seeds, low-fat milk, cooked thin noodles (ok one quick thing to cook) and some vanilla ice cream.
The origins of Falooda in the subcontinent go back to Persia, where a similar dessert Faloodeh was popular among the Persian population. The dessert came to India with the many Muslim merchants and dynasties that settled India and made it home. There are many variations of Falooda but my favorite by far is the Rose Falooda with an easy recipe to basically assemble the drink.
All of the ingredients are easily available in Indian grocery stores. The sweet basil seeds are small black seeds rich in fiber and packed with nutrition. They are very similar to chia seeds. Sweet basil seeds are always consumed after soaking in water. When soaked in water, they get gelatinous-tapioca like texture within minutes.
The thin noodles used in this recipe are made of corn or tapioca flour. Many people make their own noodles from scratch, I prefer buying them ready made. I simply boil them in hot water for 5 minutes, pour in a colander, wash them off with cold water and they are ready to be used.
A good quality sweetened rose syrup is a must in this recipe. Once you buy the syrup bottle it can be used for making many other summery drinks.
One you have all the ingredients on hand here is how I assemble it just before serving:
Take a tall glass and put 2 tablespoons of the rose syrup. Add 2 tablespoons of soaked sweet basil seeds, 2 tablespoons of cooked thin noodles. Pour 1/2 cup of low-fat milk. Top it up with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, shaved pistachios, give a gentle stir and enjoy!
- 1 tbsp sweet basil seeds
- 1 pack of thin corn noodles
- 4-6 tbsp rose syrup
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- few scoops of vanilla ice cream
- nuts (optional)
- Bring a small pot of water to boil. Cook the thin noodles as per the package instructions. Pour in a colander and rinse them in cold water, drain all the water and set aside.
- Soak sweet basil seeds in ½ cup of water.
- Assemble the drink in 2 tall glasses by layering 2 tbsp of rose syrup, 2 tbsp of soaked sweet basil seeds, 2 tbsp of cooked noodles and ½ cup of milk. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Sprinkle some chopped nuts. Stir gently and add more rose syrup if needed.