Falooda Drink

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Falooda (also spelled faluda) is the perfect summer drink or when you need something cool and refreshing. It is a multi-textured dessert beverage with various cooling and delicious components. Ideal for Ramadhan!

whole or skimmed milk
2 tbsp.
sweetened condensed milk
4 tbsp.
evaporated milk
1 level tsp.
corn flour mixed in a bit of water
3-4 tbsp.
(bear in mind that ice cream will be added to the drink later so you don't want it too sweet)
few drops of vanilla essence
few drops red colour
almonds, blanched and peeled
some fine vermicelli or rice noodles
1 tsp.
tukmalanga seeds
(basil seeds)
1 tbsp.
rooh afza/rose syrup

Soak the tukmalanga/basil seeds for about an hour, then drain and boil them for 10 minutes or until they are soft. Drain and set aside.

Break the vermicelli or rice noodles into 1 inch pieces then boil like you would pasta, drain and refrigerate to cool.

Put the milk (and the condensed plus evaporated milk if you're using them...they make the drink richer) in a pan and add the sugar, vanilla and a few drops of red colour...just enough to turn the milk slightly pink. Bring to a simmer, then add the corn flour paste and simmer together on medium heat just until the milk thickens slightly.

Turn off the heat and let the milk come to room temperature. Add the tukmalanga seeds and the vermicelli, and the rose syrup/rooh afza. Chop/grind the nuts finely (save 2-3 for garnishing). Add the chopped nuts into the drink and stir together.

Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (or any ice cream that you like). You can garnish with slivers of blanched almonds, or fruits like grapes. You can even garnish with pieces of colourful jelly.

Drizzle some rose syrup on top and serve! :)



cool..............i loved it

will try for sure in ramzan... insha allah...

i always wanted to make faluda but never knew its so easy to make.will try it very soon

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

It helps to enrich the drink itself, ice-cream is just added as a topping. Whole milk is full fat regular milk, skimmed is the one which has less fat in it.

if we r using ice crea m finally so what is the need for whole milk or skimmed milk is it some thing like ice cream?????plz guide me for that

lovely recipe fauzia.i tried it out n it was a hit.i tried kulfi instead of ice-cream. it was wonderful. jazakallah once again.

Thanks Fauzia.

aslm. Seems to be very nice. Would liketo know wat is tukmalanga seeds plz. Jazakillah

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W/Salaam, these are seeds that are normally used in cold drinks. They have a tendency to cool you down during scorching summer heat or after a long day of fasting.

some ppl named it as kasa kasa

tukmalanga seeds to be boiled?.... I make drink by soaking tukmalanga ...

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I usually boil them yes for that short time.

Could we boil the vermicelli in the milk instead of separately? They get mixed anyways, right?

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They boil faster in water than in milk, and they get drained so all the excess starch is removed...but sure, you can boil them in the milk if you want.

yesterday i made this....it was yummmzzzz....jazakhalllah fouziya...sorryy for nt clicking the pics..insha allah nxt tym sure. Today am preparing ur mango mousse....dis s d second tym ..it was a hit on guests......once again thnks a lot....

Aslamalaikum Fauzia,

Thanks a ton for your recipes , I tried Falooda drink and my husband simply loved it . wish I had taken a picture :/
simply love your website and I rely on your website , it likes a mini wikipedia on home made simple yet deicious recipes . Good Job, great going :)

Ramdhan Kareem .

whats the difference between soaked tukmalanga and boiled tukmalanga?? is there any difference in taste..??

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Boiling softens them further. No difference in taste, tukmalanga actually have no taste. They help in cooling the body.

Tried it today...it was so perfect and easy to do...thank u Fauzia

we should put ice-cream on top

Is it compulsory to add the vermicelli/rice noodles? :s

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No you can leave them out.

Sarwat Humaira Ahmed's picture

Can I omit the tukmalanga seeds?
I am not getting it here! :-/

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You can omit them.

Sarwat Humaira Ahmed's picture

Thanks :-)

Hello Fauzia, What is evaporated milk called in Urdu?
I have tried many of your recipes, they turn out yummilicious. JazakAllah

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Sorry I do not know the name in Urdu. It is concentrated milk (unsweetened) that comes in a can. Should be easily available from any supermarket. :)

Hi fauzia . Are tukmalanga seeds what we call sabza . When soaked in water they puff up ?

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Hi, yes exactly.

Salam Fauzia

I feel bad asking this question as everybody seems to know :P but how much vermicelli should I add???


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W/Salaam, actually no specific amount is required, just a few strands. :)

Got it. Thanks :)


your recipes are great!
for this drink, does it need to be cornflour? can it be normal plain flour instead?

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W/Salaam, thanks. Normal flour will give a funny taste to this drink. Best to use cornflour.

what is evaporated milk??

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Heavy concentrated unsweetened milk that is sold in cans and has a long shelf-life.

As salaam waleikum. Every time I go to a pakistani restaurant whenever I go in UK, I love to drink falouda it is so yummy! I am so happy that you put the recipe and I know for sure that everything you put is tasty and that you give the perfect amount of ingredients so it is always a hit even for us beginners!
I always thought that the vermicelli that is put in the Falouda was actually pink agar agar! didn't know that it was actually real vermicelli.
But vermicelli when they are raw are like a brownish colour right? so when you'll put it in the drink, will it stay brown or will it become pink? Or do you use another type of vermicelli that is a pasta type?
Is your rose syrup already really sweeten, the one that I have at home is really sweet. On your picture, did you put rose syrup at the bottom of your glass also?

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W/Salaam, the vermicelli is like a pale brown colour and after boiling it does get a little lighter. Once added in the drink it tends to take on some pinkish tones from the colour added to the milk, it does not remain brown. And yes the rose concentrate I use is sweet, I therefore use less sugar in the drink itself knowing that the syrup and icecream will add that extra boost of sweetness. No I did not add syrup to the bottom of the glass, when I drizzled some over the top, it flowed down the sides of the glass to rest at the bottom. You can then stir as you drink to redistribute it more evenly. :)

As salaam waleikum,

finally I tried it, I did it twice but in big batches. Everyone loved it as here people make a simple version of it with milk, syrup, tukmalanga seed and agar agar, it was a first for them to try it with vermicelli. The taste was so good and I also liked the consistency, topped with vanilla ice cream and pomegranates on top of it it was looking so adorable! Thank you so much again for your recipes!