Falooda Recipe #TheEastStreetEats

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Eid Mubarak, dear readers!
I know that we’ve been MIA for months; sometimes life gets in the way of quality blogging material. I’ve been finishing up my master’s degree while rotating at various hospitals in Chicago and Zanib has been busy getting married (I’m trying to convince her to blog about it)!

I don’t want to leave this blog in the dust so I will try to post shorter posts more often. Rambling/blathering is my Achilles’ heel, so brevity should allow for me to post more frequently (and keep you guys from falling asleep!).

I digress. (See? I can’t help it!)

What you see below is a filmed food demonstration. This is a new venture that I’m experimenting with and the first of many filmed food demos under the banner (hashtag, rather) of #TheEastStreetEats. If you watch the video, you’ll get a taste (pun intended) of the aesthetic that I’m going for.

So about the recipe:
Falooda is a popular dessert in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Muslims particularly enjoy it during the month of Ramadan. It’s a beautiful drink that tastes even better than it looks. But the only way I could describe it to non-desis is as an “ice cream float” with a discernible floral flavor.
Many variations exist but the common ingredients tend to be rose syrup and vermicelli noodles (both found in Indian and Arabic grocery stores), as well as chilled milk and basil or chia seeds.

Falooda Recipe #TheEastStreetEats
(Makes two servings)

1 cup milk
1 Tbsp sugar
Rose Syrup or Rooh Afza
1 cup vermicelli (sev) noodles
1 Tbsp chia seeds (soaked for at least 1 hour)
Strawberry jelly/jello (as much/little as needed)
Vanilla Ice cream
Optional: nuts (and rose petals if you want to be extra)

1. Boil 1 cup of milk. Once boiled, reduce heat and simmer milk for an additional 10 minutes. Add 1 tbsp sugar to the milk and then refrigerate for a few hours.
2. While milk is chilling, soak 1 tbsp of chia seeds in water for 30 min to an hour.
3. Prepare the vermicelli/sev noodles according to package instructions.
4. Once the milk has been chilled, prepare the falooda drink: layer two tall glasses with chia seeds, vermicelli/sev, and jelly/jello. Then pour the milk into the two glasses. Add the rose syrup/rooh afza to your liking. Top the drink off with ice cream and more syrup. Add nuts if desired.

This video was made possible thanks to the hands and faces of my sisters and the brilliant music of Amit Trivedi (song: Monta Re from Lootera).


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