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!
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! :)