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Friday, 24 March 2017

Strawberry Falooda Recipe

Falooda is a multilayered dessert , quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. One can both drink and eat this summer coolant beverage cum dessert. Traditionally falooda is prepared by mixing rose syrup , milk , jelly or custard, falooda sev and falooda seeds (sweet basil seeds). The dessert could be topped with chopped fruits , nuts and ice cream. There are many variations to it and falloda can be made using pulpy fruits like mangoes, papaya or with seasonal berries.  Last time i had made Mango falooda and it was a big hit at my place. Trying out a strawberry falooda was on my mind for quiet a long time.

Aai dada (my in-laws) have came over here in Mohali to spend some time with us. Chinu is so happy with their arrival and he is enjoying his session break thoroughly in their company. To welcome them i made this gorgeous dessert and they just loved it.

 Strawberry falooda is a refreshing summer dessert and a visual treat too. This pudding like dessert is beautifully layered in tall glasses with strawberry crush or rose syrup, gulkand flavored milk, fresh strawberry chunks , vanilla ice cream and pistachios. The sabja seeds and gulkand (rose petal jam) give cooling effect to the body and the falooda sev adds in to the different textures in the layers of the falooda. The falooda looks gorgeous in shades of pink and the sabja seeds, pistachio and strawberry chunks add in to its beauty.

I had strawberry crush from Mapro , Mahabaleshwar ready at hand so used it here . You may prepare strawberry crush at home (simply blend fresh strawberry chunks with sugar to get a puree) or add rose syrup instead. Sabja seeds are easily available in Indian grocery shops and they some what resemble the chia seeds and bloom when come in contact with water. They have a cooling effect on the body and hence used in summer drinks. I did not get the falooda sev , so used the regular roasted wheat sev (vermicelli) instead. Gulkand (rose petal jam) adds refreshing rose flavors to the milk. You may simply add rose jam or any of your favourite fruit jam to the chilled milk to flavor milk. Fruit jelly can also be added to the falooda , i have not added .

If you love strawberries , as i do  (i mean who doesn't love these gorgeous beauties loaded with healthy goodness) , this falooda is a must try. So before the official strawberry season in India comes to an end , do try your hands with this delectable dessert .

Preparation Time : 40 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Serves : 3 glasses

Ingredients: Measurements used : 1 cup = 200 ml
  • 1 1/2 cup milk ( i have used full cream milk)
  • 6-7 large strawberries
  • 1/2 cup falooda sev / wheat vermicelli
  • 4 tablespoon strawberry crush / rose syrup
  • 3 tablespoon gulkand (rose petal jam)
  • 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 2-3 scoops of vanilla or strawberry icecream
  • 2 tablespoon sabja / sweet basil seeds / Tukmaria
  • 5-7  unsalted pistachio , chopped
  1. Preparing the Gulkand flavored Milk:
  • Bring 1 1/2 cup milk to boil. Add 2 tablespoon sugar followed by gulkand and stir well. Allow the milk to cook on low to medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Put off the flame.

  • Strain the flavored milk if desired . I have strained as chinmay does not like the cooked petals in his bite). Allow the milk to cook down to room temperature , then cover and  transfer to refrigerator for 20 minutes or until ready to serve. You may entirely avoid cooking the gulkand in milk and simply add rose jam to the chilled milk. This will save time of cooking and then cooling. 

  2.   Preparing the falooda sev:
  • Cook the falooda sev or the regular wheat vermicelli as per the instructions given on the packet. 

  •  Drain excess water using a sieve. Add chilled water to stop further cooking of the sev. Cool and refrigerate until use.

   3. Preparing the sabja seeds:
  • Soak the sabja seeds in 1 cup water for about 20 minutes. The seeds will bloom . Strain the bloomed seeds with a tea strainer and keep aside until use.

   4. Other Preparations:
  • Wash , hull and chop the strawberries. Put them in a bowl with 1 teaspoon sugar. Mix and refrigerate until use.
  • Chill the falooda serving glasses in the fridge for about 1/2 hour before layering the falooda. Preferably use tall glasses with wide mouth as it shows the layers of the falooda distinctly.

  5. Layering the strawberry falooda:
  • To each chilled falooda glasses add 2 tablespoon of strawberry crush or rose syrup, followed by falooda sev / vermicelli. Now gradually add gulkand flavored chilled milk.

  • To it add 2 teaspoon of bloomed sabja seeds followed by 1 tablespoon of strawberry chunks. Repeat the layers until the glass is 80 % full. 

  • Lastly top the glass with scoop of ice cream , strawberry chunks and chopped pistachio. 

  •    Serve the strawberry falooda immediately . 

  • Rose syrup , Rooh Afza or home made strawberry crush can be used in this falooda .
  • Falooda sev can be replaced with wheat vermicelli .
  • Rose petal jam (Gulkand ) can be replaced with any fruit jam.
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  1. slurp... So refreshing and beautiful.

    1. Hello Seema doraiswamy
      Thank you for your lovely feedback 😃

  2. Strawberry falooda is always my favorite in fact whole family like it very much we use to eat this every month

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  4. these are really make you want to drink. I'm probably going to organize a couple of evenings to have some friends over and test out friends recommendations.
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