falooda seeds
Last Updated : May 19,2022

What is falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria ? Glossary | Benefits, Uses, Recipes with falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria |
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Sabza seeds, Subja, Basil seeds, Tukmaria

What is falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria?

Falooda or Faluda is a popular beverage in the Indian subcontinent made primarily by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca seeds along with either milk or water. The falooda seeds are basically basil seeds which are added to falooda drink or ice creams.The Falooda Seeds are optional since they don't really have a flavor, but they do add to the authentic look. Falooda seeds are known variously as sabza, subza, takmaria, tukmaria, selasih . They are used for their medicinal properties in Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India. They are also used as popular drinks in Southeast Asia.

Soaked falooda seeds
Soak the seeds in enough water for 30 minutes to get soaked seeds.

How to select and buy falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria

The falooda seeds should be firm and without any stone or debris or dust. Sabja is cheap and easily available at any Indian kirana and costs Rs 50 for 100 grams.

Culinary Uses of falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria in Indian Cooking

Indian drinks using falooda seeds 

1.  khus ka sharbat | khus ka summer drink | Mughlai khus ka sharbat | A brilliant green concoction prepared with ingredients such as khus, Kewra  and lemon juice  provides a truly cooling experience. The lemon juice gives the drink the required tanginess and the Falooda seeds provide just the right amount of substance.

2. khus drink is a quick fix lemon tinged khus flavoured drink for hot summer days. Sip on this cooling homemade khus lemon drink on a hot summer’s day, and you will realise what ambrosia tastes like! Indeed, khus syrup when combined with subza seeds and lemon juice gives you so refreshing a drink that you will feel as if every cell in your body is rejuvenated by it.

Indian ice creams using falooda seeds 

mango falooda recipe | mango faluda ice cream | mango falooda with homemade seviya | homemade mango falooda with mango pulp is a yummy dessert best enjoyed in summer when mangoes are in season. 

 When soaked in water the falooda seeds become gelatinous, and are used in Asian drinks and desserts such as falooda or Sherbet.
· Kheer or ice creams like kulfi can be made with falooda seeds. It is generally added at the last moment, as cooking quickly destroys the flavour
· Falooda seeds are commonly steeped in cream or milk to create an interesting flavor in ice cream or chocolates (such as truffles).

How to store falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria

Store the falooda seeds in an air tight container.

Health benefits of falooda seeds, sabja seeds, basil seeds, tukmaria

Falooda seeds are a good source of fibre. Thus they keep you full for long hours. The protein in it further helps boost metabolism and fat burning process. Both these together may aid in weight loss. The fibre in these tiny seeds also known for its digestive properties and can help in relief from constipation and bloating. Some research shows it can benefit in managing diabetes and heart disease too. They are a powerhouse of omega 3 fatty acids which may help reduce inflammation in the body and add glow to skin. They are also known to have a cooling effect in the body. However do not go over board in eating these seeds as they may cause diarrhea or abdomen discomfort. Pregnnat women are advised to stay steer off these seeds. 

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