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Standard faluda from Hyderabad with vanilla ice cream, rose syrup, tapioca pearls and basil seeds
Place of origin South Asia(mostly India)
Course Beverage
Main ingredient(s) Milk, rose syrup, vermicelli, psyllium
  Faluda from Burma

Falooda or Faluda is a cold and sweet beverage with 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.[1]

Faluda is an adaptation of the non-liquid Persian dessert Faloodeh, made in Iran, Pakistan, North India and Afghanistan, from which it adopted the name. This drink may have been brought to the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal period. The vermicelli used are often made from arrowroot rather than wheat. The rose syrup may be substituted with another flavoured base to produce kesar (saffron), mango, chocolate or fig flavour.

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 has its history in Persia.A yakhchal was an ancient Persian freezer. By 400B.C. Persians had developed the technique of storing ice.The ice was gathered during the winter or carried from the mountain tops in large insulated underground chambers topped by dome structures. This allowed ice to remain available throughout the summer and even in the desert.The best use was made to prepare desserts like faluda. Later on,as techniques improved,rose water and sugar was added with the vermicelli .Today there are many versions of faluda. Some are made without noodles and blended with fruit.The Indian version consists of kulfi,translucent wheat-starch noodles and flavoured syrup.Some faludeh's are served as milkshakes.In Iran faludeh is sold in bastani(ice cream stores) and in shops which are specialized in preparing this dessert[2].


Faluda is originally a Persian dessert known by the name 'faloodeh'.It was bought in India when Mughal Empire started flourishing. Faluda made in Afghanistan and Iran is very different than that made in India. At some point in time, Persians began mixing home made noodles into ice.The vermicelli used for preparing faluda is made from arrowroot whereas it is made of wheat in India[3].


A thin rice batter is used to prepare faluda which is pressed through a sieve which further produces delicate strings. These strings look like grated coconuts.Cold milk with blended almonds & pistachios and then cooled in refrigerator.[4]

  Metaphorical references

In the idiomatic speech of India and Pakistan, faluda is sometimes used as a reference to something that has been shredded, which is an allusion to the vermicelli noodles. For example, someone who falls into disrepute might say that his or her izzat (honour) has been turned to falooda (इज़्ज़त का फ़ालूदा, عزت کا فالودہ, izzat ka falooda), which is roughly equivalent to saying "my reputation is shot."[5]


  • In Pakistan and North India, Faluda is often served as an ice cream sundae float. It is prepared with Sweet Basil leaves, 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 gelatinous ingredients 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.
  • Rabri faluda[6]
  • The Mauritian version is called alouda, which is a corruption of the word falooda, and the beverage is almost identical in ingredients and flavour.


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