Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Falooda is a South Asian specialty served during the warm months in Pakistan, India and Iran, and among others. Each country lends its own twist on the dessert. In Afghanistan, this means shaved ice is topped with rosewater- or cardamom-flavored handmade ice cream , rose water-flavored simple syrup, vermicelli noodles, plenty of Afghan cream (called qaymaq), and a generous measure of chopped pistachios.


  • 2 ounces thin rice vermicelli or glass noodles
  • ¼ cup simple syrup*
  • 1 ¼ tsp. rosewater
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 quart premium vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup unsalted, chopped, toasted pistachios


  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions and cool to room temperature. You can do this by running cold water over the noodles.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the simple syrup and rosewater. 
  3. Put the ice into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until the ice is finely chopped.
  4. Set out four serving bowls. Put ½ cup chopped ice into each bowl. Set 1/3 cup cooked noodles over the ice in each bowl. Top the noodles with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the simple syrup over each bowl of ice cream. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of nuts over each sundae. Serve immediately. 
  5. To make your own simple syrup combine 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a bowl, stirring regularly, and boil for 5 minutes. Set the syrup in the refrigerator to cool. Refrigerate the leftover syrup in a jar with a fitted lid. It will keep for a month and is useful as a sweetener for cold beverages such as iced tea and lemonade.


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