A summer time cooler, drink or dessert – whatever it may be called this recipe for falooda is the best..!
My relationship with the Falooda began when I was 12 years old. I was born and brought up in Muscat where we had unlimited access to Zain and Walls ice creams and Lays chips. We were happy with the junk food , being quite oblivious to the wonderful mixes of ice creams in India. It was when we came down to India for a couple of years in between that we tasted this heavenly dessert.
My mom had to leave for Muscat suddenly, for a few weeks and we were left in the charge of our Aunt for the time. We had a wonderful time with movies, puris and kadai and ice creams. I still remember I had falooda for the first time from Bimbis in South Junction, Ernakulam. It was delicious, colorful and cold. There was this tall glass filled with colorful ingredients, most of which I had no clue. What could make a child more happier than a huge glass of ice cream?? I grabbed the long spoon and dug into the layers discovering the wondeful mysteries in that glass. After that day I have gone back a countless times tasting their different faloodas – the royal falooda, simple falooda and the shahi falooda and they are all yum..!
This year I took my kids to Bimbis for the first time. They had been to Caravans, Baskin Robbins, Subway.. but never to a little, cramped, self-service outlet full of people jostling to grab their plates. My daughter gave me a weird look and told me, “Mom, lets go to Coffee day please “. She prefers the orderly service of Krispy Kreme (her favorite place), you see. I had to convince her to try the place , but once she had a bite of their ice cream sundae she was hooked. And yes we went back twice before we came back to Bahrain. And yes again, I had the Royal Falooda and I too went back for more.
- 1/2 cup Vermicelli
- 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Rooh Afza
- 1/2 Tbsp Tukmaria seeds / Subja seeds
- 1 cup Mixed fruits of choice (I used mango, Apple, Strawberry, Kiwi)
- 4 scoops Vanilla Ice cream
- 1 packet jelly ( Raspberry / Strawberry)
- 1 Tbsp Tutti frutti ( if you like it)
- 1 Tbsp Cashew nuts chopped
- 1 Tbsp Pista chopped
- Keep two tall falooda glasses in the fridge to chill.
- Prepare the jelly
- Cook the vermicelli with a little milk and sugar to taste. Keep to cool.
- Soak the tukmaria seeds in 1/2 cup water and leave undisturbed for 10 minutes. During this time the small black seeds will swell up and look like small gelatinous balls with a black dot in the center.
- Keep the ice cream out 10 minutes before assembling.
- When you are ready to assemble your faloodas, take out the glasses from the refrigerator.
- Pour 1 Tbsp Rooh Afza each into the glasses.
- Top with a little vermicelli.
- Add 1 tsp tukmaria seeds to the glass.
- Top this with 1 Tbsp mixed fruits and some crushed nuts.
- Now layer 2 Tbsp jelly on top of it.
- Add one scoop vanilla ice cream on top of the jelly.
- Drizzle 1 tsp Rooh Afza on the ice cream.
- Add another teaspoon of tukmaria seeds to the glass.
- Top with mixed fruits, more jelly and another scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Sprinkle the nuts on top along with the left over fruits.
- Be careful as you fill the glass. Serve immediately once assembled , because as the ice cream melts annd the layers settle down, the glass might to start to flow over.
- Serve cold, wait and watch it disappear in no time.
Please note that we use Tukmaria seeds and NOT poppy seeds in falooda recipes. I have seen numerous misleading recipes on the net. For those readers who reside in Bahrain , tukmaria seeds are readily available on the last aisle of Joofris in the Manama Market. It is available in most supermarkets or spice shops in India. also feel free to add and subtract ingredients and layer them as per your hearts desire. Its the layers and the different textures of the ingredients used that makes this dessert cum drink stand out.