Saturday, February 4, 2012

SHAHI FALOODA / ROYAL FALOODA

Falooda

Finally we got our computer back and I'm hoping, really hoping to be regular from now on.Now, let's get talking about this super cool colourful favourite dessert of mine! Falooda, originally a Persian dessert,was introduced to us Indians during the Mughal rule. I've never been a fan of it until a few months back.It was Amma's forever favourite thing to eat in an Ice Cream Parlour.If not a Falooda, she would order a Fruit Salad with Ice Cream.I never understood what's so special about Falooda.

Falooda

Falooda was a very commonly discussed subject in my house.The first time I remember seeing it was about 17 years ago, for my cousin sisters wedding reception. The Groom's family made it and it was for a huge crowd. Seeing all the ingredients then, I assumed it to be a very elaborate thing to make. I think I was one of the few people who didn't attempt tasting what they served that night.Little did I know what was in store for me!

Falooda

17 years later...I am hooked onto this wonderful cold dessert! I've made this so so many times and I've never got enough of it. It has many layers and different textures.I'm sure, if you give this a try you would love it! This dessert can be made way ahead of time and assembled in the very last minute.

FaloodaSHAHI FALOODA/ROYAL FALOODA
My own recipe

Things you'll need:
1 batch Vermicelli Kheer (recipe follows)
1 tbsp Tukmaria/Sabja seeds/Basil seeds {NOT Poppy seeds}
1 small packet jelly/jello, of your choice
Fruits of your choice,cut up
Rooh-Afza,a rose flavoured syrup
2 c cold milk
Sugar to taste
Vanilla Ice Cream

Method:
For the Vermicelli Kheer: In a pan,roast 1/2 c of vermicelli on low flame till pale golden brown.Increase the heat to medium,add 2 cups of milk and cook till the vermicelli is soft, stirring often. Add 1/4 c plus 2 tsp sugar and cook till the mixture is thickened slightly.Switch off the heat and let it cool. Chill till needed.
For the Rose Milk: To the 2 cups cold milk add Rooh-Afza and sugar to taste. Chill till needed.
For the Tukmaria: Soak the seeds in 1 c water for 10 mins. Drain and reserve.

Assembly: In a tall glass add 2 tsp of tukmaria followed by vermicelli,fruits and cut up jello. Pour some rose milk just to cover the assembly. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve immediately.


I love photographing what I cook, especially desserts as I get to eat it right after :-) Our friends had come over last night for a potluck and I served this for dessert. They loved it and so did we.I think I'm going to have another glass full of it once this post is published because these pictures are making me drool!

19 Comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Love basil seeds ;-) This looks YUM!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Gorgeous looking dessert.

Zane and Van said...

Hi Ria! This is a very interesting recipe. From the gorgeous pictures and the ingredients you listed, we're sure to be able to enjoy it. We're bookmarking this now. Thanks much!

Rachel Sonny Abraham said...

Ria mol!!!! you tempt me so...the snowing page and a gorgeous tumbler of the prettiest drink...I'm coming over soon.

Archana Chari said...

Ria, This is one of my favourite desserts. We make the falooda semiya with cornflour and milk instead of using vermicelli. This is a wonderful coolant to the body! A beautiful picture :)

Archana said...

Wow delicious. I am not a fan of this dessert but now I am not sure.

faseela said...

wow...attractive falooda....superb

Aarthi said...

This looks so good..

Aarthi

Reeta said...

really loved it :)
Tasted so goooood...

Suby said...

Falooda looks very tempting .............. thank u for the recipe .................will give try .........

gigi said...

Ria,


Thanks for the recipe...it looks yummy....was in the lookout for a good shake/falooda recipe..as it is my favourite too....but Tukmaria/Sabja seeds/Basil seeds and Rooh-Afza??..hope will be able to find those ingredients here...

also, if possible try to post the recipe of a milk shake or something of that sort ,k?

best regards

Zareena said...

mmm.... this is our (me and my Husband)favorite dessert. When ever we have dinner out, we order this for dessert. My all time favorite.

Sarah said...

lovely and colourful! this has been one of my mom's specialties! though i couldnt be coaxed to leave my dark chocolate ice-cream and try this dessert! now u r tempting me too...

Ria Mathew said...

Reeta, I know you loved it because you were exclaiming loudly that,'It's DELICIOUS!' :)

Suby, I hope you like it :)

Gigi, you will definately find it in Kerala. I was able to find them in Kannur :) Ask for the black seeds they put in Falooda instead of asking for Tukmaria.Pinne, you will find Rooh-Afza in most of the supermarkets. Will do a post on Shakes in summer :)

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Falooda Luks fabulous.Droolworthy Dessert Dear

Torviewtoronto said...

deliciously presented falooda

Amritha said...

ola! this is my ammuma's absolute fav...though sadly she can't indulge as much anymore...

Amina Khaleel said...

falooda looks yummy... perfectly made.. bookmarked...

Asiya Baig said...

Hi Ria!

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary and I wanted to make something special for my husband. He absolutely loves falooda. He grew up in Pakistan and it was one of his favorite drinks. I tried once to make it from a different recipe but it didn't turn out so well. Tonight I gave your recipe a try and he loved it! He just wanted me to add some almonds and pistachios next time. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe! I will be making it again tomorrow!

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