Falooda recipe

Falooda is a unique rose-flavored dessert drink with many layers of different elements such as jelly, basil seeds, vermicelli, rose syrup, sweetened milk, ice cream, and the topping of nuts and rose petals. 

2 glasses of falooda with jelly on the side.

Different restaurants and stalls give this falooda different names on their menu like royal falooda, shahi falooda, or falooda ice cream, etc. It is also spelled as faluda.

❤️ What Is Falooda?

Falooda is adopted (or derived) from the Persian dessert ‘faloodeh’. Falooda recipe is more popular in South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. You’ll find many street stalls selling falooda all over India, especially in Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi. You’ll find this in many restaurants’ menus as well.

It falls into the dessert category as it is an indulging beverage that is heavy and full of calories. You can call this falooda a dessert drink just like this mango mastani. You’ll need a straw as well as a spoon to enjoy it. 

There are many different flavors of falooda available at stalls or restaurants, but rose-flavored royal falooda is the most common. Another seasonal flavor is mango falooda

All the layered elements bring different texture and colors that makes this falooda a beautiful, eye-catching dessert with a refreshing feeling.

This summer drink is super cooling to your body, as sabja seeds (basil seeds) and rose syrup have cooling properties that help to beat the heat in the summer months. 

❤️ You’ll Love This Falooda Recipe

  • Easy to make: It looks like there are so many different elements in the falooda recipe but prepping all of them is super easy. Keep them ready and assemble the falooda in under 2 minutes. 
  • Kid-friendly: Not just they like to enjoy it but kids can help in assembling the layers. 
  • Customizable: Just because you’re making this falooda at home, you can adjust the ratio of some elements as per your liking. E.g., if you like more jelly, add more. If you like more vermicelli, add more. Don’t like sabja seeds then add less. 
  • Make ahead: All the elements can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. At the time of serving, just assemble and enjoy. 

🧾Ingredient Notes

Here is a pic of the ingredients you’ll need to make this falooda recipe at home. 

Falooda ingredients in bowls with labels.

For Jelly: 

  • You’ll need water, sugar, rose syrup, and agar-agar powder. 
  • As being vegetarian, I have used agar-agar powder to make the jelly at home. 
  • Otherwise, you can use a ready pack of jello (it contains gelatin which is not vegetarian) and follow the instruction on that package to make jelly. 

Sweetened Milk: 

  • Traditionally, milk and sugar are simmered until milk is thickened slightly. Then this milk is chilled in the refrigerator.
  • Let’s take a shortcut here and make it by combining milk and sweetened condensed milk. No need to heat the milk. So you’ll have chilled, sweetened milk ready in a minute.

Sabja seeds (Basil seeds or Tukmaria):

  • You need to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. And after 30 minutes it swells up and creates a gel-like layer around it.
  • More soaking time does not hurt.
  • Even you can keep refrigerated soaked sabja seeds for up to 3 days.

Falooda sev (Vermicelli): 

  • It is easily available in any Indian or Pakistani grocery store. It comes in yellow or white color, you can choose any. 
  • Falooda sev is made from corn starch (corn flour) and water.

Rose syrup: The beautiful pink color of this faluda comes from rose syrup (another key ingredient). Rose syrup is easily available here in the USA, and you will find it in Indian grocery stores. Instead of rose syrup, you can use rooh afza as well. 

Toppings:

  • Vanilla ice cream: A scoop of ice cream per serving is needed.
  • Nuts: I have used almonds and pistachios. Some like to garnish with tutti frutti or glazed cherry. 
  • Dried (or fresh) rose petals: You can use them as a garnish but it is optional. 

👩‍🍳How To Make Falooda? (Stepwise Photos)

Make Jelly:

1, 2, 3) Take water in a saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Add sugar, agar-agar powder, and rose syrup. 

4) Mix well and bring it to a simmer.

5) Let it simmer for 2 minutes or until everything is dissolved well.

6) Transfer this liquid to an 8×8 pan and let it rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Collage of 6 images showing adding sugar, agar agar, rose syrup in water and simmering, transferring to a square pan.

7, 8, 9) Once it sets like jelly, cut it into small pieces. Keep it aside or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container to keep it chilled. This makes more amount of jelly than required for 4 servings.

Collage of 3 images showing set jelly cut into pieces.

Make Sweetened Milk:

1) Add condensed milk to milk.

2) Whisk it until well combined and keep in the fridge until needed. 

Collage of 2 images showing adding condensed milk to the milk and whisking.

Soak Sabja Seeds:

1) Take sabja or basil seeds in a bowl and add water.

2) Let it soak for 30 minutes and it swells up and increases 4-5 times in volume. Once it swells up you can keep it in the fridge to keep them chilled.

Collage of 2 images showing adding water to sabja bowl and soaked sabja seeds.

Make Falooda Sev: 

1, 2) Bring water to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Add falooda sev and cook for around 5-7 minutes (or as per your package instructions). You can see the color is yellow but once cooked it turns white.

3) Once cooked drain and run it under cold water to stop the cooking process.

4) Cut into small pieces using kitchen scissors. 

Collage of 4 images showing falooda sev packet, cooking in a saucepan, cutting with scissors.

You have all the elements ready and you just have to assemble it in layers in tall glasses.

Note: Keep all the ready elements in the fridge until required so they stay chilled.

Assemble Falooda:

Note: The proportions may vary depending on the size of your glass. Given amount below is for 1 serving and take it as a guide

1) Add around 2 tablespoons of jelly to the bottom of the glass.

2) Add 2 tablespoons cooked sev on top.

3) Add 2 tablespoons sabja seeds on top.

4) Add 1 ½ tablespoons rose syrup (drizzle some on the inner sides of the glass as well.

Collage of 4 images showing adding jelly, falooda sev, soaked sabja seeds and rose syrup in a glass.

5) Slowly add around ½ cup of milk.

6) Add a scoop of ice cream.

7) Garnish with chopped nuts, and dried rose petals and drizzle around ½ teaspoon of rose syrup as a garnish and serve. 

Collage of 3 images showing adding milk, scoop of ice cream and garnishing with nuts and more syrup.

💭Expert Tips

Make sure all the elements (components) are chilled before you start assembling falooda. 

Substitutions:

  • Rose syrup: Use rooh afza
  • Falooda sev: Use thin wheat vermicelli (sevaiyan) or thin rice noodles.
  • Sabja (basil) seeds: Use chia seeds
  • Ice cream: Use kulfi for kulfi falooda. 

Making falooda for a party: 

  • When you need to make this falooda recipe for a crowd then assembling it right before serving is not a good idea. 
  • I would mix the rose syrup with sweetened milk along with sabja seeds and falooda sev. Keep all these mixed in a large deep bowl. Keep this bowl in the refrigerated chilled.
  • At the time of serving, stir the mixture, and pour it into a serving glass using a large ladle. Top with jelly and a scoop of ice cream and serve. Garnishing with nuts and rose petals is optional. 

🥣 Storage Instructions

  • Assembled falooda should be served right away. 
  • But individual elements (jelly, soaked sabja, cooked falooda sev, sweetened milk) can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days. 
2 glasses of falooda garnished with pista and rose petals.
Old picture shot in 2013

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Falooda Recipe (with Ice Cream)

4.69 from 16 votes
2 glasses of falooda with jelly on the side.
Falooda is a unique rose-flavored dessert drink with many layers of different elements such as jelly, basil seeds, vermicelli, rose syrup, sweetened milk, ice cream, and the topping of nuts and rose petals. 
Kanan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Serving Size 4

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Ingredients

For Jelly:

  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Rose Syrup
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Agar agar powder

Rest Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 teaspoon Basil seeds (Sabja seeds or Falooda seeds)
  • 25 grams Falooda sev, (I have used half a packet)
  • 6 tablespoons Rose Syrup
  • 4 scoops Ice cream, Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Pistachios, sliced
  • 1 tablespoons Almonds, sliced
  • Dried rose petals, or fresh optional for garnishing

Instructions

  • To Make Jelly, take water in a saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Add sugar, agar-agar powder, and rose syrup.
  • Mix well and let it simmer for 2 minutes or until everything is dissolved well.
  • Transfer this liquid to an 8×8 pan and let it rest for 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Once it sets like jelly, cut it into small pieces. Keep it aside or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container to keep it chilled. This makes more amount of jelly than required for 4 servings.
  • To Make Sweetened Milk, add condensed milk to the milk. Whisk it until well combined and keep in the fridge until needed.
  • To Soak Sabja Seeds, take sabja or basil seeds in a bowl and add water. Let it rest for 30 minutes and it swells up and increases 4-5 times in volume.
  • To Make Falooda Sev, bring water to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Add falooda sev and cook for around 5-7 minutes (or as per your package instructions).
  • Once cooked drain and run it under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Cut into small pieces using kitchen scissors.

Assemble Falooda:

  • Note: the proportions may vary depending on the size of your glass. Given amount below is for 1 serving and take it as a guide.
  • Add around 2 tablespoons of jelly to the bottom of the glass.
  • Add 2 tablespoons falooda sev on top.
  • Add 2 tablespoons sabja seeds on top.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons rose syrup (drizzle some on the inner sides of the glass as well.
  • Slowly add around ½ cup of milk.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream.
  • Garnish with chopped nuts, and dried rose petals and drizzle around ½ teaspoon of rose syrup as a garnish and

Notes

  • Make sure all the elements (components) are chilled before you start assembling falooda.
  • Assembled falooda should be served right away. But individual elements of falooda (jelly, soaked sabja, cooked falooda sev, sweetened milk) can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal (17%) | Carbohydrates: 53.8g (18%) | Protein: 8.3g (17%) | Fat: 10.8g (17%) | Saturated Fat: 6.8g (34%) | Cholesterol: 44mg (15%) | Sodium: 153mg (6%) | Potassium: 249mg (7%) | Fiber: 0.5g (2%) | Sugar: 34.2g (38%) | Vitamin A: 300IU (6%) | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 300mg (30%) | Iron: 0.2mg (1%)
4.69 from 16 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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  1. Hi , looks great . Will try. Can I use vermicelli instead of falooda sev . Thanks to lockdown , lots isn’t available