Falooda/ Royal Falooda/ Homemade Falooda Recipe
Falooda stalls used to delight us during our childhood and the refreshing blend of fruits, vermicelli and ice cream was the perfect sweet treat in summer. It was impossible to finish off a full glass of Falooda after your meal, so we used to share. It is a delightful and flavorful combo of silky-smooth vermicelli, Basil seeds, fresh fruits, rich dry fruits and Ice cream.
India has a rich food culture with cuisines from myriad culinary heritage across the world, adapted according to Indian tastes, ingredients and cooking techniques. Falooda is one such dessert, introduced by Mughals in India. The Persians claim that Falooda was originated in Persia. Whatever the history is, this classic, fruity, layered dessert is simply stunning!
This year, we feasted upon Mangoes lavishly. Almost every day, during this summer, we had Mangoes in one or the other form; mango ice cream, Mango cheese cake, smoothies, juice, shakes, the spectacular trifle pudding, Mango Biscuit Pudding, Mambazha pulissery, Manga chammathi, Fish curry with Mangoes, Angamaly Manga Curry, Pickles – it just reigned in our menu this time!
This enthralling, layered dessert is my Husband’s favourite, but I never thought it would be this easy to make. You just need to have few fruits- Apple, Mango, Pineapple and /or any fruits of your choice, few Basil/ sabja seeds (tukmaria seeds) or Chia seeds, Ice cream, dry fruits, Sev/vermicelli and you are good to go. Elegant, colorful and gorgeous, Falooda is a classy dessert like the Trifle delight Pudding, Karikku Pudding, Pineapple Pudding, Apple Biscuit Crunch, Chocolate Biscuit Pudding etc.
Falooda is so refreshing and delightful and chances of overindulgence are a plenty. Nevertheless, it was so blissful to see the happy smile on my hubby’s face. Hope you too will enjoy this scrumptious dessert before the Mango season ends! Here is the recipe for Homemade Royal Falooda!
Ingredients for Royal Falooda :
Falooda Sev/ Vermicelli
: ½ cup
: 1 ¼ cup
Sabja seeds/ Basil seeds/ Tukmaria
: 1 tsp
: 1 cup
: ¼ cup
: 1 ½ tbsp
: 1 ½ tsp
Strawberry crush (optional)
: 2 tbsp
Green jelly or green food colour
Mixed Fruits chopped
: 1 cup
Sugar syrup with lime * (see below)
: 2 tbsp
Cashews, Pistachios and Almonds
: ¼ cup (chopped)
: 1 tbsp
Ice cream (Vanilla/ Mango flavour)
: 4 scoops
Cherry for topping
: 2 nos.
Step by step Method for Falooda:
- First, we will cut all the fruits. I chose Mango, Pineapple, Apple, Banana and Kiwi.
- For the sugar syrup, boil 2 tbsp water and add 2 tbsp sugar. Add few drops of lemon juice and allow to cool.
- Mix this sugar syrup in the fruits and refrigerate.
- Next, cook the Falooda Sev/ Vermicelli in water till tender and drain and keep aside.
- Boil the milk and add the condensed milk and sugar.
- Combine the vermicelli and the milk and allow to cool. Keep in the refrigerator to cool.
- Chop the cashews, Pistachios and Almond and keep aside.
- Soak the Sabja seeds/ Basil seeds in a bowl of water. Once they swell up, drain, and keep ready.
- Just before assembling the Falooda, divide Sev mix into three parts.
- Add rose syrup in one to make rose milk and green colour to another part. Leave one part as it is.
- In a tall Falooda glass, start arranging by adding Sev, Basil seeds, cut fruits, chopped nuts, ice cream, rose milk mix, jelly (optional) etc.
- Pour strawberry crush in between,and again layer and top with a big scoop of ice cream.
- Sprinkle the tutti frutti and chopped nuts and top with Cherry.
Serve immediately.Enjoy the cool refreshing drink/ dessert with your family.
- You can use any flavour of ice cream. Vanilla/ Mango/ Strawberry would be great for Falooda.
- Mixing the fruits in Sugar syrup helps to retain the freshness and colour of the fruits.
- Make the sev earlier and allow to cool in the refrigerator.
- Always assemble Falooda just before serving.
- You can pour rose syrup on the sides of the glass and chill it in the freezer for 5 – 10 minutes so it sticks to the sides.
- If you don’t like Green Jelly (I don’t), just mix in some green food colour to the sev to make the Falooda look attractive.
Hope you liked this recipe for Royal Falooda. Comments and suggestions from you would motivate me to bring you more wonderful homemade recipes. So, please try and let me know how it turned out for you. God Bless!!