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Falooda is a popular dessert in India, Pakistan and Middle East. It is served as a Ice Cream Sundae Float in India and it has basil seeds, falooda sev, rabdi, rose syrup and kulfi or ice cream. Basil seeds are also popularly known as chia, subja or tukmaria seeds. Ready made Falooda sev is available in stores. If you are unable to find it, I have given the recipe for it below.

Falooda is a perfect summer drink or dessert. They are more like the Indian version of bubble tea where you can chew the basil seeds while enjoying the dessert. The basil seeds are said to have medicinal values and used as a coolant for body heat. This is a very easy to make dessert and a great way to impress your guests without boring them with the usual desserts. Enjoy the homemade Falooda…


Preparation time: 15 minutes

No. of servings: 4


  • Faloods sev – 3/4 cup (recipe below)
  • Basil seeds or sabja or chia seeds – 1 tbsp (soaked a cup of water for an hour)
  • Rabdi – 1 cup (recipe below)
  • Vanilla ice cream – 1/2 pint (or 1 scoop for each cup)
  • Rose syrup
  • Toasted nuts for garnishing (optional)

Method of Preparation:

Preparation of rabdi:

  • Milk – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • A pinch of cardamom
  • A few saffron strands

Boil 3 cups of milk over medium heat in a pan. Lower the heat and let the milk reduce to 1/3 rd of the quantity stirring frequently.  Add sugar little at a time and check for sweet and add more. Finally add a pinch of cardamom powder, few saffron strands(optional).

Falooda Sev:

Keep a bowl filled with ice and cold water. You can use sev maker for making these.

Mix 1/2 cup of corn flour with 1/2 cups of water and make a smooth mix. Add one more cup of water to the mixture. Heat a wide pan over medium heat and add this mix. Stir continuously and cook with forming any lumps. When it becomes transparent, stop cooking.

Add this to the sev press when it is piping hot. Press and squeeze the sev into the cold water and let it sit there till you use it for the falooda.

Making Falooda:

Fill serving glasses in the following order:

  • Add some falooda sev or noodles which serves as the bottom layer.
  • Add 2 to 3 tbsp of rabdi on top.
  • Add a tsp or 2 tsp of rose syrup depending on how strong you like the flavor.
  • Add 2 tbsp of soaked basil seeds or subja and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add a few drops of rose syrup on top. Garnish with toasted nuts.


  1. Kulfi brings back memories of hot hot days in India…miss it! Love the rose syrup!

  2. my fav dessert.. very tempted to try.. nice presentation Nithu

  3. Cant resist to them..Beauties.

  4. Love this recipe and especially your step by step recipe 🙂

  5. Pretty pink. Never knew about holy basil seeds which are a cousin of chia seeds!
    Lovely clicks!


  6. Wow! That looks and sounds real delicious. Those basil seeds look like tapiocas. Anyway, I’m really intrigued how this recipe tastes. I’m really intrigued because I know indians are fond of spicy food. I just learned that their desserts are not spicy too but there’s one in an asian country. They made chillies as a primary recipe of an ice cream. I need to try that as well!

    To be honest, I’m looking for a unique recipe of creams, ice creams, desserts and all because I’m thinking of developing an ice cream cake business here in my country. It will be one of the very firsts.

    If you can be of help or you have other ideas about desserts. I would love to get connected with you.

  7. Hi,
    Looking for a yummy desert for my forthcoming kitty party! I love Kulfi, but always thought Falooda is very difficult to make… you have presented a nice way of making one… hands down… this will be my next recipe…too yummy to eat one

  8. Hi,
    I am planning to make this dessert for 20-25 people. Can I arrange the falooda in glasses and leave them in the fridge in advance, so tht its ready to be served. I just want to avoid the mess of arranging everything in front of my guests. Please advise.


    • Hi Poonam, you can arrange the glasses with all the ingredients except ice cream and refrigerate it. Just before serving, top it with ice cream, garnish and then serve. I hope this will help u. Thanks.

  9. I love falooda. After coming to US, I found it hard to find good faloodas nearby. Tried this recipe and I was delighted. This was so perfect for any parties. It was a great hit among my guests. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I love many of your dishes and love your website. Thank you.


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