Today in office a funny incident happened. While having lunch my colleagues and lunch partners started discussing about different types of sweets from various parts of India. While talking they were imagining that sweet to be on the table and were actually craving for it. I did not feel any sort of cravings like that. But all of a sudden they started talking about Falooda Kulfi. Falooda is my favorite drink. As soon as that name came, I was actually feeling like having it then and there. I never had Kulfi Falooda, but yes I had Falooda with Vanilla ice-cream.
I never had Falooda in Bangalore as I don’t know where they make it and how the taste is. But I know a place in Goa where they makethe really ultimate Falooda. It is a small shop near the old bus stand in Margao City. By looking at the crowd there one can easily find out that they make really yummy and tasty Falooda’s. My brother takes me there to satisfy this craving when I visit Goa. Infact my brother himself found this place. Before this we used to have Falooda in Perina Restaurant which was near the railway gate at Khareband in Margao.
Coming back to the discussion in my office, I was literally craving for Falooda. If I was in Goa, I would have straight away gone to that shop and had one. I was lucky today, I got to come home early from office. Thanks to the fire drill. As soon as I came home, I checked whether I have the basic ingredients needed for me to make a nice drink. I had sweet basil/sabja seeds. We call them “tukmari” in Goa. Also I had the rose syrup in my fridge. Done I was more then happy. I could make a basic Falooda instantly and satisfy my cravings…. atleast temporarily 🙂 I really wish my office lunch group was at my place. It would have been fun to enjoy this in their company.
2 Cups milk
2 tablespoon rose syrup
2 tsp sweet basil seeds/sabja seeds/tukmaria seeds
Sugar as needed
Soak the sweet basil seeds in 4 tablespoon water for at least 30 Min’s. After sometime they will swell and form a gelatinous texture.
Next take the milk in a blender and simply blend it for 2 Min’s. Now add 2 tablespoon of rose syrup to this and continue blending for another 2 Min’s.
In the serving glass, add 1/2 the sweet basil seeds. Add 1 tsp of rose syrup. Top it with the blended milk.
You can add strawberry jelly and vermicelli to the Falooda. Also addition of vanilla ice-cream completes this yummy Falooda.
For addition of vermicelli, just fry the vermicelli for 5 Min’s and then boil it in water after it cools down. Discard the water and add the vermicelli to the Falooda.
I prefer to have my Falooda without the vermicelli.
Note: The rose syrup which I used, already contained sugar. So I did not add extra sugar to my Falooda.
If your rose syrup does not contain sugar, please add 1 tablespoon sugar to it during the blending stage.