5 from 2 votes
Delve into the gastronomic delights of the East with the timeless classic that is the falooda. From the intoxicating aroma of rose syrup to the creamy texture of vanilla ice cream, this recipe is bound to make your taste buds dance with joy. 

Falooda is a delightful concoction that hails from the streets of South Asia, particularly popular in countries like India and Pakistan.

Originating from Persia, this dessert has been adapted over centuries, blending flavors and textures into a refreshing treat perfect for any time of the year. While it may seem complex, fret not, as I’ll guide you through creating your own falooda right in your kitchen.

This recipe strikes a balance between sweet, creamy, and refreshing. With its simple yet exotic ingredients, falooda promises to tantalize your taste buds and cool you down, making it an ideal dessert for those warm summer days.

Don’t be intimidated by the unfamiliar names of ingredients; I’ll explain everything as we go along. So, let’s dive into the world of falooda and discover how to make this delectable dessert!

Expert Tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and textures. From fresh fruit to nuts, seeds, and flavored syrups, the possibilities are endless.


Vermicelli Falooda Seviyan: These thin noodles, also known as vermicelli, form the base of falooda. They provide a unique texture and absorb the flavors of the other ingredients, creating a satisfying mouthfeel.

Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds, Tukmaria): These tiny seeds are soaked in water before use, where they swell up and develop a jelly-like coating. Adding basil seeds not only enhances the visual appeal of falooda but also adds a fun texture and a subtle hint of freshness.

Cold Milk: Cold milk serves as the creamy component of falooda, providing a rich and smooth texture. It also acts as a carrier for the rose syrup, ensuring that every sip is infused with its fragrant sweetness.

Rose Syrup: This aromatic syrup lends falooda its distinctive floral flavor and vibrant color. Mixed with cold milk, it creates a sweet and fragrant base that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

Vanilla Ice Cream: The crowning glory of falooda, vanilla ice cream adds a luscious creaminess and a hint of indulgence to this dessert. Its cool, creamy texture contrasts beautifully with the chewy vermicelli and the refreshing rose milk.

Expert Tip: Soak the basil seeds in water for at least 10 minutes before using them in the falooda. This allows them to swell up and develop their characteristic gel-like texture, adding a fun and refreshing element to the dessert.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair with Fresh Fruit: Serve your falooda with a side of fresh fruit such as mango, strawberries, or lychee. The sweet and tangy flavors of the fruit complement the creamy richness of the falooda, creating a delightful contrast.
  • Garnish with Nuts and Seeds: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as almonds, pistachios, or cashews on top of your falooda for added crunch and flavor. You can also add a sprinkle of sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nutty twist.
  • Drizzle with Honey or Maple Syrup: For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle a bit of honey or maple syrup over your falooda just before serving. This adds a luxurious sweetness that balances the flavors of the dessert beautifully.
  • Serve with Savory Snacks: Pair your falooda with savory snacks such as samosas, pakoras, or chaat for a complete culinary experience. The contrast between the sweet falooda and savory snacks creates a tantalizing flavor sensation that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
  • Customize with Toppings: Get creative with your falooda toppings by adding ingredients like jelly cubes, chocolate chips, or whipped cream. Let your imagination run wild and experiment with different toppings to create your own unique falooda masterpiece.

Expert Tip: Be mindful of the vermicelli cooking time. Different types of vermicelli may require varying cooking times, so follow the instructions on the package carefully to ensure that they are cooked to perfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different flavors of syrup in falooda?

Absolutely! While rose syrup is traditional and adds a distinct flavor to falooda, feel free to experiment with other syrups such as mango, strawberry, or even saffron. Each syrup will impart its unique taste, allowing you to customize your falooda to suit your preferences.

Can I use different types of ice cream in falooda?

Certainly! While vanilla ice cream is commonly used in falooda, you can use any flavor of ice cream you like. From chocolate and strawberry to pistachio and mango, the choice is yours! Just keep in mind that the flavor of the ice cream will influence the overall taste of the falooda.

Can I make falooda ahead of time?

Falooda is best enjoyed fresh, as the texture of the vermicelli and the consistency of the milk may change if prepared too far in advance. However, you can prepare the individual components ahead of time and assemble the falooda just before serving for convenience.

Is falooda suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, falooda is typically vegetarian-friendly, as it does not contain any meat or animal by-products. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check the ingredients of any store-bought products you use, especially if you have specific dietary preferences or restrictions.

Can I adjust the sweetness of falooda?

Absolutely! The sweetness of falooda can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a sweeter falooda, simply add more rose syrup to the milk mixture. Conversely, if you prefer a less sweet falooda, you can reduce the amount of syrup used or opt for a sugar-free alternative.

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by Nabeela Kauser
Delve into the gastronomic delights of the East with the timeless classic that is the falooda. From the intoxicating aroma of rose syrup to the creamy texture of vanilla ice cream, this recipe is bound to make your taste buds dance with joy. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 2
Calories 252 kcal


  • 50 g Vermicelli Falooda Seviyan
  • 1 tsp Basil Seeds Sabja Seeds, Tukmaria
  • 300 ml Milk Cold
  • 4 tsp Rose Syrup
  • 1 Scoop Ice Cream Vanilla


  • Add water into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil before adding the vermicelli – there are different types of vermicelli so ensure that the ones you use are suitable for falooda
  • Allow the vermicelli to gently simmer for 3 minutes then drain and rinse with cold water before setting aside
  • In a small add the basil seeds to cold water and set aside for at least 10 minutes
  • In another small bowl add the rose syrup to the cold milk and mix until the rose syrup has completely dissolved
  • Fill a tablespoon with rose syrup then hold the tablespoon at an angle against the edge of the glass and allow the syrup to drip slowly as you turn the glass – this step is optional and for decorative purposes
  • Add the basil seed mixture into the glass followed by the vermicelli – depending on your personal preference you can alter the amounts of basil seeds and vermicelli for each glass.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then pour the rose syrup mixture until the glass is filled before repeat with the remaining ingredients
  • Complete with a drizzle of rose syrup and enjoy on a hot summer day!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 131mgPotassium: 305mgFibre: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 392IUVitamin C: 0.2mgVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 237mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Milkshake, Ramadan, Recipe, Rooh Afza, Rose Water, Summer
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