Falooda (Faluda) Dessert Drink - Lahore, Pakistan. Falooda in Pakistan
Falooda is a favourite in Pakistan, especially in the summer. The city of Kasur, which is about 40 minutes drive from Lahore, is famous for its very own variant of falooda, in which the main ingredient is traditional light brown cream mixed with sugar syrup and vermicelli.
Falooda or Faluda is a cold and sweet beverage containing many ingredients very popular in South Asia. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli, psyllium (ispaghol) or basil (sabza/takmaria) seeds, jelly pieces and tapioca pearls along with either milk, water or ice cream.
Nowadays faluda is a popular summer drink throughout Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Middle East and is readily available in restaurants and beach stalls.
Faluda is of Persian origin and is assumed to have come to India during Nader Shah's kingship.
In Pakistan and North India, Faluda is often served as an ice cream sundae float. It is prepared with Psyllium seeds, boiled vermicelli, rose water and milk. It is mainly consumed after dinner.
In Bangladesh, a common variant of Faluda in the south coast of the country is made with Ketaki (pandan) extract, pistachios, Shagu pearls, creamed coconut and mango as well as milk, vermicelli and may even include strong black tea to make quite a distinct flavour.
Faluda is very similar to the Thai drink nam manglak, which is made from different ingredients, such as shredded jelly, tapioca pearls, Job's Tears mixed with sugar, water, and rose water.
The Iraqi Kurds also have their own version; but made with thicker vermicelli. A similar modern East Asian drink is bubble tea.
A famous type of Faluda, named the "Andrea", involves mixing various rose syrups with creamy milk and premature tapioca pearls.
The Mauritian version is called alouda, which is a corruption of the word falooda, and the beverage is almost identical in ingredients and flavour. South Africa has a variant called Falooda, and is often served as a milkshake to be drunk with or after a meal.
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