Falooda is a traditional Indian dessert made from layers of ice cream, milk, rose syrup, and vermicelli. Today, try this tropical twist mango falooda with a mango smoothie, ice cream, vermicelli, fresh mango, and rose syrup.
Cool down this summer with this refreshing and unique recipe for mango falooda. Created with fresh mangoes, basil seeds, vermicelli noodles, and rose syrup, this drink is sure to impress your taste buds and your guests. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create this delicious and eye-catching beverage.
Falooda is a cross between a dessert and a drink. It’s a cold, sweet, milk-based beverage with vermicelli noodles, jello or fruit, and a touch of rose.
Growing up falooda was a once-in-a-while treat meant only for special occasions because it was more expensive than other drinks such as lassi.
History of falooda
Falooda is a dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries across South Asia and the Middle East. Its origins trace back to Persia, where it was originally made with vermicelli noodles and rose water. Over time, as it spread across the region, new ingredients were added to create unique variations of the recipe. Today, falooda is a beloved dessert that can be found in many countries around the world.
To create the perfect traditional falooda, you need to start with a base of rose syrup and milk. Vermicelli noodles are added and cooked until they are tender, giving the dish a unique texture that is both chewy and smooth. Basil seeds are soaked in water until they become gelatinous, and then added to the mixture to add a little crunch. Finally, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is added on top, along with nuts and fruits of your choice.
Why make this falooda?
- Not only does it taste amazing, but it is also incredibly easy to make.
- With a little bit of time and some simple ingredients, you can create a dessert that will leave your taste buds dancing.
- Plus, since it is a cold dessert, it is perfect for hot summer days when you want something refreshing to cool you down.
- So why not try making falooda today and impress your guests with your culinary skills?
Ingredients and substitutes
- Mango -I’ve used fresh mango because they are in season but you can also use frozen mango
- Basil Seeds – I don’t find basil seeds so I often use chia seeds. My kids love tapioca pearls so today I used those.
- Noodles – I’ve used vermicelli but glass noodles can also be used. Of course, it can also be omitted.
- Ice cream – I prefer to use vanilla but mango ice cream or mango kulfi works too.
- Rose syrup – In India you can buy a bottle of red rose syrup which is traditionally used in falooda but over here we often use raspberry syrup with Maraschino cherries.
In a tall glass
- 2 spoons of diced mango
- followed by 2 tbsp of soaked and drained basil seeds.
- Add the ¼ cup vermicelli and
- 2 tbsp of rose syrup.
- Top with the mango smoothie,
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, and
- diced mango pieces.
- Serve immediately
One of the best things about falooda is the endless opportunities for customization. While the classic rose syrup and vermicelli combo is delicious on its own, adding toppings can take your falooda game to the next level.
One popular topping is basil seeds, which add a unique texture and subtle flavor to the drink. Simply soak the seeds in water for a few minutes before adding them on top of your falooda. Another great option is chopped nuts, such as pistachios or almonds. These add a satisfying crunch to the creamy drink.
You can also experiment with other fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or kiwis, which add a refreshing burst of flavor. For a more indulgent treat, try adding a drizzle of chocolate or caramel syrup on top.
With so many possibilities, the only limit is your own creativity. So grab your favorite toppings and start mixing and matching to create a falooda masterpiece.
Traditionally, falooda noodles are made from cornstarch or arrowroot flour. However, you can also use rice flour noodles or even regular vermicelli noodles.
While rose syrup is a common ingredient in falooda, it’s not essential. You can use other syrups such as strawberry, mango, or even chocolate to create a unique flavor profile.
Yes, if you prefer a lighter version of falooda, you can substitute regular milk for condensed milk. However, keep in mind that condensed milk adds a rich, creamy texture to the drink.
You can use non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut milk and replace condensed milk with coconut cream or a vegan-friendly sweetener such as maple syrup or agave nectar.
While basil seeds are a common ingredient in falooda, you can omit them if you prefer. However, keep in mind that basil seeds add a fun texture and some nutritional value to the drink.
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- 2 large Mangoes peel, diced, and blended.
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- ¼ cup Whole milk
- 1 cup (1 large) Mango diced
- 2 tbsp Basil seeds Takmaria or Chia seeds (soaked in 1 cup water until bloomed)
- 2 cup Noodles glass or vermicelli
- ¼ cup Rose syrup for garnish
- 2 cups Vanilla Ice cream 4 scoops
- Basil – In a bowl, soak basil seeds or chia seeds in water for 30 to 40 minutes until bloomed. Drain and set aside2 tbsp Basil seeds
- Noodles – Cook the glass noodles in water until soft – drain and set aside.2 cup Noodles
- Smoothie – In a blender add the mango pulp, yogurt, sugar, and milk. Blend until smooth.1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp Sugar, ¼ cup Whole milk, 1 cup Mango, 2 large Mangoes
Assemble (2 servings)
- In a tall glass add two spoons of diced mango, followed by 2 tbsp of soaked and drained basil seeds. Add the ¼ cup vermicelli with 2 tbsp of rose syrup.¼ cup Rose syrup
- Top with the mango smoothie, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, and diced mango pieces.2 cups Vanilla Ice cream
- Serve immediately.
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