Home-made Falooda ice cream (rose syrup, chia seed, and vermicelli)

7 Aug

Home-made Falooda ice cream (rose syrup, chia seed, and vermicelli)

They say you become like the people you surround yourself with.

Home-made Falooda Ice cream (rose syrup, chia seed, and vermicelli)  by Deena Kakaya

Home-made Falooda Ice cream (rose syrup, chia seed, and vermicelli) by Deena Kakaya

So, if you are around people who are athletic you will be more likely to use your gym membership or actually put on that swimming costume. If you spend time with folks who eat really healthy foods, you will consequently take inspiration and be eating gloriously green, blueberry chia and super food fuelled meals and if you find yourself with positive and happy people who tend to see the brighter side of life, you will inevitably think of challenges as stepping stones. If you immerse yourself in environments of intellectual dialogue, perhaps on politics or economics between ambitious and focused people, you will cultivate and progress your own mind and if your friends like money, cars and big houses…you may just find a way to achieve those same things.

If your mates are academic you will probably finish that post graduate qualification you’ve been thinking about for ages and if your pals wear cutting-edge make-up even to the supermarket or on a run, you will think twice before postponing that hair dressers appointment to cover up those grey hairs. If the banter around the dinner table on your Friday night get-together is about getting that next promotion or making partner, your energies too will flow that way. If you friends have found peace, love, God, family, children, simplicity…you may just find some time to do the same.

Intuitive isn’t it. I mean naturally. It’s one of the reasons parents worry about the company their children keep because we know that we can drive all our efforts to instil good values but the association that our children forge with groups of their choice will often have a very powerful influence on their own attitude and outlook. Why then have I not become more like my mother?

We stood at the Pani Puri stall in Wembley the other day and whilst I stood a little bit removed on the side, my mum plunged into the crowd and cheekily ordered a plate of dahi puri chaat and we could also that the anticipation was positively tickling her. I remarked to my dad that my mother hasn’t lost her inner child and he told me that it’s the way to hold onto the beauty of life.

Iridescent eyes and quivering excitement greeted us and of course a hand wafting around a plate bursting with cool, crisp, sour, sweet, tangy little filled puri. There is no pleasure like eating them with loved ones, outdoors, before they fall apart but nobody knows how to live a moment like my mother. Nobody would guess anything else about her.

As I had a little moan about the kitchen, the mess, the heavy earrings and stifling outfit, my hunger and of course the worries of nursery and work and oh! Life. My mother just chuckled and went upstairs in the cool of the late afternoon. She didn’t return for ages but I heard a loud snore as I went up the stairs thirty minutes later. When I told my dad, he said, ‘look, this is how peaceful people live life’.

Here’s to my mother. She wanted a falooda after her paratha, curry, Pani Puri and dahi puri on the street but couldn’t fit it in. Falooda are thick milkshakes perfumed with rose syrup, pumped with swelling chia seeds, and silky vermicelli and there is usually some sort of fruit and soaking in there too and perhaps even jelly but there is always ice cream floating on the top and it conveniently holds the umbrella. You get the picture. It is a treat for all but has that youthful, fun element to it-just like my mum. If she were a drink, I reckon she would be a falooda.

I would not be me if I did stretch the recipe a little…Rose milkshake was the remedy and bribe for many a parental challenge during my childhood. Don’t want to drink milk? OK have some rose milkshake. Don’t want to sit and watch that Bollywood movie? OK have some rose milkshake? Too much arguing with the cousins…yep. Rose Milkshake. It looks pretty and that aroma…mmm…You’ll find rose syrup in the ethnic aisle of large supermarkets like Tesco or in an Asian Store.

I have made an ice cream of it all. Ta-DA! The bright pink vermicelli? I soaked that in beetroot juice. I even have chocolate vermicelli in this version but the thing is, it’s an ice cream.


300ml whole milk

300ml double cream

7 tbsp. rose syrup

1 ½ tbsp. chia seeds

3 tbsp. finely broken vermicelli

25g cooked beetroot

One pink apple, cut into small cubes

4 tbsp. sugar

4 egg yolks

1 tsp. corn flour


  1. If you are using an ice cream maker, ensure that your equipment is ready.
  2. Mix the milk, cream, Rose syrup and chia seeds together and chill them in the fridge for 3 hours.
  3. In the meantime puree the beetroot and soak the vermicelli in 50ml water.
  4. Once the milk has been chilled for the three hours, to allow the chia seeds to swell, make the custard. Combine the three egg yolks, sugar and corn flour in a large bowl and whip them until the sugar is no longer grainy and becomes a pale yellow colour and creamy in texture.
  5. Heat the milk and cream until it almost boils but do not let it boil.
  6. Add the milk and cream into the large bowl a little at a time, to avoid the eggs getting too hot and scrambling. Combine well and then turn it back into the saucepan that you heated the milk and cream in.
  7. Heat the custard on a very low flame and stir continuously. Do this until the back of the spatula can be covered and when you draw a line through the layer on the spatula, the line holds.
  8. Turn off the heat and mix in the vermicelli and apple and then allow the custard to cool to room temperature before leaving it in the fridge overnight. Now add the chocolate vermicelli if you are using it.
  9. Churn the custard in an ice cream maker or leave it in the freezer until it has set.

36 Responses to “Home-made Falooda ice cream (rose syrup, chia seed, and vermicelli)”

  1. Aara August 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Just love the click dear <3 and very innovative way to serve something different like this for falooda lovers 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya August 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      Thank you Aara, I’m quite pleased with the picture. I hope my mum (a falooda lady) will love the ice cream too x

  2. livecook August 8, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    Falooda is my dad’s favorite dessert! The idea of falooda ice cream sounds great and looks delicious!

    • Deena Kakaya August 8, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      Great go hear! I hope your dad enjoys this ice cream x

  3. My Kitchen Moments August 8, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    I remember having falooda icecreams at the restuarants and ice cream parlours but never tried preparing at home. Yours is tempting me to try making falooda ice cream at home!! Delicious ice cream 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya August 8, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Oh wow, previous to making this I has never tasted falooda ice cream, but I’m glad there a a tub full in the freezer because it’s SO good x

  4. Claudia ~ Food with a View August 8, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    I have a recipe for ice-cream on a bed of roasted vermicelli in my Indian cookbook, but to have them right away inside the ice-cream is a great idea! I will keep that in mind for sure, Deena.

    • Deena Kakaya August 8, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      And the chia seeds! Thanks so much Claudia xx

    • Deena Kakaya August 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Fabulous Claudia! Please let me know how it goes x

  5. Anita Menon August 9, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    falooda ice cream looks delicious. Yum. I would love that right now!
    You are so right about the whole influence that people around us have on us. I too turn into a child at the mention of chats.

    • Deena Kakaya August 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks so much Anita! Ah, so lovely that you have held on to your inner child foo x

  6. spiceinthecity August 9, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Love your idea of capturing all the flavours of falooda in an ice-cream Deena & gorgeous pics 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya August 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Thank you! I’m so pleased that it works in ice cream form x

  7. Joanne August 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    What a crazy unique ice cream flavor! Love your inventiveness.

    • Deena Kakaya August 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks Joanne, I’m tickled by it 😉 xx

  8. Sophie33 August 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Waw, a wonderful creamy special ice-cream, dear Deena! It looks just so fabulous even! xxx

    • Deena Kakaya August 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

      Thanks Sophie! It tastes SO good xx

      • Sophie33 August 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

        It is on my list to make tomorrow! xxx

        • Deena Kakaya August 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

          Fabulous Sophie! Please let me know how it goes x

  9. Rhonda Sittig August 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Looks luscious! We made chocolate ice cream this week–but it didn’t have your appealing pink!!

    • Deena Kakaya August 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

      Hi Rhonda! Thank you. I saw your gorgeous choc ice cream..think we have a party here x

  10. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    I love falooda, but with chia seeds it sounds even better.

    • Deena Kakaya August 11, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Hi Dannii, yes this one feels like a cheeky frozen party treat and smells SO good too x

  11. Karen Burns Booth August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Wonderful Deena, so fragrant and pretty and I love to see it in those old-fashioned cones too! Karen

    • Deena Kakaya August 13, 2014 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks Karen, it really is a cheeky little summer party. The cones.. I love a bit of nostalgia. So lovely to hear from you Karen xx

  12. Chhapanbhog August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Deena, got introduced to your blog from Sonal’s blog. You have done it beautifully..:) loved this ice cream recipe… 🙂 nice to connect here..:)

    • Deena Kakaya August 14, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a kind comment-it’s lovely to connect with you too x

  13. mjskit August 18, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    I didn’t even know what falooda was until now. Very interesting beverage and even more interesting as an ice cream. One doesn’t think of multiple textures in an ice cream but yours has many textures and even more flavors. Amazing!

    • Deena Kakaya August 18, 2014 at 8:32 am #

      It’s like a cheeky cocktail of childhood lovelies! I’m so glad that you like the look of this, it’s exciting to eat! X

  14. Kelly @ Trial and Eater August 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    I LOVE the color of this icecream! Such unique ingredients, great inspiration 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya August 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

      Thank you Kelly, the kid in me gets so, so excited over this ice cream x

  15. rachwalker September 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    I’d never heard of Falooda, but spent an enjoyable ten minutes browsing all sorts of falooda recipes. Really interesting. Every day is a school day!

    • Deena Kakaya September 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks so much! Floods is such a cheeky joy x

  16. Cookforcause September 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Deena,
    Can i make it eggless ?


  1. 10 Recipes All Families Will Love | Foodies 100 - September 26, 2014

    […] featured one of my favourite indian desserts as an ice cream.  Ladies and gentlemen I give you Deena’s falooda ice cream which is something I will be keeping for myself and hiding from the […]

Let me know what you think about this recipe

%d bloggers like this: