Falooda – the summer drink

Summer for me means “Falooda” for dessert every other day as this is easily one of my top favorites!! This sweet ice cream drink/dessert is very popular in the South Asian cuisine. It’s also a very refreshing drink with soaked sweet basil seeds & a cooling rose syrup – making it perfect to be enjoyed on a hot summer day!
I make my Falooda by taking a tall glass and adding a Orzo and milk kheer mixture, layered by soaked basil seeds, red & green jello, delicious vanilla/kulfi ice cream, yummy chopped/puréed mangoes, more jello, chopped nuts and then drizzled with rose syrup! Lip smacking, mouth watering glass of deliciousness is ready to beat the heat! 😋😋
The reason for using Orzo pasta is that it’s so hard to find and make Falooda Vermicelli here in the US. I used to use thin angel pasta but the pasta used to get very hard and crusty in the drink. I decided to experiment with Orzo and hit the jack pot! Not only it’s easier to drink the Orzo kheer mixture with a straw, they taste very similar to the Falooda Vermicelli. A win win for me!


Serves: 4


  • Milk, whole – 4 cups
  • Sugar – 1 1/4 cups
  • Orzo pasta – 1/2 cup
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Desiccated, unsweetened coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Heavy cream – 1/2 cup
  • Condensed milk – 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tbsp


  • In a heavy bottomed pot, mix in milk and sugar. Set the pot on medium heat and bring the milk to a boil. Add in Orzo pasta and butter. Cook on low heat for an hour. Keep stirring after every 15 minutes.
  • Add in coconut powder, cardamom powder and turn off heat.
  • Let the mixture cool outside on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes.
  • Whisk in heavy cream, vanilla essence and condensed milk.
  • Cover tightly with cling film and refrigerate for atleast 4-5 hours but preferably overnight.

To make Falooda you need:

  • Strawberry/banana/raspberry jello
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Mango chopped/puréed
  • 1tbsp sweet basil seeds soaked for a few hours in 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp rose syrup
  • Chopped pistachios/almonds
  • Vanilla/kulfi ice cream



With love,


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