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Classic Royal Falooda

Classic Royal Falooda


Subhan Allah! The holy month of Ramadan is surely flying away. Its already the 22nd Ramadan, this is beyond belief. Trying to stay away from social media and other activities as much as I can. 

Increase your time in Ibadah, and do the maximum for the hereafter. If you are a busy mother and you don't have the time to do Ibadah like reciting the Mushaf and standing in prayer other than the obligatory ones, remember Allah is merciful and He rewards you for all that you do, be it household chores, or any other responsibilities as a mother, wife, daughter or sister. Moisten your tongue with dhikr and make duaa for the current situation to cease. Do include me and my fam in your duaa too.

Now coming back to star recipe of the day! The well known Royal Falooda is a dessert drink that is enjoyed amongst us especially during summer. Well, it is believed that the falooda was evolved from Persia. Persians had strong trade relations with India during the Mughal Era along with which food cultures were also adopted. It is said that Falooda was once served to the upper class, which is now enjoyed in every household too. This drink is prepared in various flavors, but I stilll prefer the classic rose flavored ones. I initially thought of making mango falooda, but my heart didn't feel like it.

Basically, Royal Falooda consists of rose syrup flavored ice milk, falooda sev or vermicelli, khas-khas or basil seeds, dry fruits, fresh fruits, and Ice cream. Falooda, as far as I remember was my favorite part of visiting India. We could never hold back our ecxitement to visit our favorite ice-cream shop 'รceberg' or the then only ice cream cafe in Thalassery. If anyone would say they were going to Iceberg everyone would just jump to the car and join the clan. Ah! Those fine days were the best, even though we have many such cafe's and coolbars now in Thalassery, the memories and nostalgia attached to our visits to Iceberg are special. Fond memories of visits to Iceberg include this particular dessert drink that would quench our thirst, refresh us and fill our tummies, and Falooda was usually the most popular order given. The one faint memory if I hated falooda was that they added tutti fruitti which I totally dislike.
So I prepared it with all ingredients that I love. One spoonfull of this dessert drink and it felt like it took me back in memory lane and it was bliss!

You may add any fresh fruits of your choice or nuts preferably non-tropical fruits, I have added chopped apple, banana and pome aril seeds (anar seeds) in my demostration. You may add other fruits like sliced grapes etc. 

For iftar, we open our fasts with dates, juice and an array of fruits, why not try Royal Falooda since it is all in one and definitely a tummy pleaser.


Ingredients (makes 2 tall glasses of Falooda):
  • 5 tbsp rose syrup
  • 1 cup chilled milk
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 4 - 5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp basil seeds (soaked in 2 tbsp water for 10-15 minutes)
  • 3- 4 tbsp cooked falooda sev or vermicelli
  • 6 tbsp cherry or strawberry jelly (prepared according to package instructions)
  • 4 scoops vanilla or pista ice cream
  • 6 tbsp chopped apple and banana
  • 2 tbsp dried fig and almonds chopped
  • 1 tbsp pome aril seeds
  • 1 tbsp slivered pistachio, for garnish
  • 1 strawberry, for garnish
Instructions:
  1. In a tall glass, add you bloomed basil seeds.
  2. Next, add your falooda sev or vermicelli and pour 1 tbsp rose syrup around the edges of the glass.
  3. Now in a blender, pour 1 cup cold milk, add 2 tbsp rose syrup and sugar. Blend well and add the chilled ice milk to the blender and pulse for a second or two.
  4. Add 3 tbsp jelly to the glass and pour in your prepared rose milk.
  5. Next add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and add your fresh cut fruits.
  6. Next add your dry fruits and almond and some pome aril seeds (anar seeds).
  7. Scoop in a couple of tbsp of jelly and finally finish off with a scoop of ice cream. Garnished with slivered pistachio and pome aril seeds.
                   
Notes:
  • Use Pistachio Ice cream for added nuts effect, I only had vanilla ice cream so used it.
  • My mom suggests to add sago seeds instead of Chia seeds or along with it. 


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