Falooda

Falooda is a quintessential summer drink in India. It has a lot of resemblance to the popular drink Boba. Made with layers of rose syrup, basil seeds, creamy milk, vermicelli, ice cream and jello, it will keep you thirsting for more!

While my mom made this frequently at home, the highlight of a trip to Mumbai was a visit to Badshah’s, in Crawford Market where their Falooda was to die for. That was her favorite restaurant and now a trip to Mumbai with our kids always includes that stop!

Servings: 6.  Time: 15-30 mins including the time to soak the seeds but not including the time to set the optional jello

Ingredients

  • 3 cups – Chilled milk
  • 1 packet Falooda sev (looks like yellow thin noodles) usually found in an Indian grocery store
  • 2 tbsp – Subja/Takmuria seeds (optionally use chia seeds). Subja seeds are good for digestion and found in Indian grocery stores
  • 1 cup – Rose syrup (Sharbat Rooh Afza bottle) or more to meet the desired sweetness
  • 6 scoops Vanilla or Strawberry  ice cream or a flavor of choice
  • 1 packet Jello – strawberry flavor (optional)

Method

  • If using Jello, make it as per the instructions on the box and refrigerate to set.
  • Cook the Falooda sev per the instructions  on the packet or follow these instructions. In a cooking vessel, add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the Falooda sev/noodles and boil for 7 minutes, remove from the stove, drain the water and then add 3 cups of cold water and keep aside the cooked sev.
  • In another bowl, soak the subja seeds in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. You will notice the seeds plump up.
  • Take 6 glasses in which you intend serving the Falooda. Pour a half cup of milk into each glass.
  • To each cup, add in 1/8th  cup (2 tbsp) of the rose syrup  to each glass and stir until blended. You can always add more syrup for desired sweetness.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of jello along with 2 tablespoons of sev and 2 teaspoons of sabja seeds, in each cup.
  • Serve with two scoops of icecream into each cup.
  • Slurp!!

Blueberry pear smoothie

Smoothies are full of vitamins and minerals with a lot of flavor to jump-start your day. Not only is it nutrient-packed, it also keeps hunger pangs at bay, definitely a better alternative to snacking on calories. This fruit-only smoothie is a nice alternative to a green-smoothie, sweetened with a dash of honey!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cold milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 cups sweet blueberries
  • 1 cup pear, seeded and chopped

Method:

Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed above. Blend, pour and enjoy!


Ginger, spinach and pear smoothie

How about a warming smoothie to get you through the winter?

Green smoothies are one of the best ways to start your morning. It’s nutrient dense and is an easy and quick way to get in a healthy meal, especially for those on-the-go. Get a good blender and mix in the right vegetables and fruits and your aversion to drinking a green smoothie will quickly dissipate. Spinach is low in calories, but high in folate, calcium, fiber and vitamins. It is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. Try this smoothie which couples spinach with ginger and pears. Pears support heart, brain and gut health and ginger has anti-cancer and anti-inflammation properties but also keeps the sore throat at bay.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 ripe pears, diced
  • 1tbsp ginger, diced (or less if you are not a ginger fan)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 pitted dates (I use this for sweetness)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 scoops flax

Method:

Blend all ingredients. And enjoy….this is a smoothie that can tide you through lunch.


Chocolate Smoothie (Oats, Blueberries, Banana)

Healthy, filling, satisfying start to the day! No time for a sit-down breakfast but want something that’s healthy and keeps you satiated for a few hours? This perfect combination of oats, blueberries, bananas and chocolate along with some flaxseed is a smoothie packed with beneficial nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Perfect for an on-the-go meal!

SERVINGS: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 10 Almonds
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Oats (uncooked old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 scoops Flaxseed
  • 4 scoops Chocolate Protein powder (I use Orgain protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Pour the Almond Milk into a blender (I use a Vitamix)
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Blend – 1-2 minutes based on your blender
  4. Pour and enjoy!


Peanut Butter – Dragon Fruit Smoothie

The Pretty-in-Pink Smoothie gets it’s vibrant color from Dragon Fruit. This tropical fruit has a subtle sweet flavor that can be described as a cross between a pear, kiwi and watermelon. It’s rich in anti-oxidants, high in fiber and could potentially lower your blood sugar. It can also strengthen your immune system and boost your iron. Combine that with peanut butter which has plenty of protein, high in fiber and good for your bones – and you get a delicious, great-looking and good-for-you smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen Dragon fruit – cubed
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup almond milk (or cow’s milk)

Blend, pour …..slurp!!