Falooda is a really simple, layered dessert. But too often sugary syrups topped with sugary ice creams is what you find. Here’s the thing – you can make really healthy versions of it easily. There is no falooda police, as far as I can tell, stopping you from making it however you want :). Here’s a vegan, sugar free version for you to try.
This is perfect for one of those evenings when you feel like settling down with something sweet and creamy, but not too guilty later on. In fact, the model I prepared for the photoshoot was eaten with great gusto by my husband who was so full after it that he promptly skipped dinner after eating this. Not that I recommend it, still – fun times once in a while, amirite???
Let us get right to it: There are 4 parts to this falooda.
Let us make the bottom layer – Chia seed gel. This one usually uses Sabja seeds (or basil seeds). You can easily substitute chia seeds with this. Chia seeds are amaaziing in its nutritive properties, that I could quote poetry with it. But, I won’t put you all to zzzz’s.
Ok, so only 3 ingredients for this gel – Chia seeds, rose water and soy milk. I have anger issues regarding the marketing of crappy rose water by large name brands like Dabur that I have detailed here. Find really good rose water and make a gel.
Next, moving on to liquid smoothie portion of the Falooda. Add dates. The dates will add fiber that slows the absorption of sugar in our body. If you are not too concerned, substitute sugar here, no worries.
Add strawberries – fresh or frozen, both work.
Next, we need to prepare the ice cream portion of the falooda. Some mad genius, not me, figured out that if you freeze bananas and then blend them, you get a pretty awesome icecream doppelganger.
First, freeze bananas overnight in a ziploc bag.
Put frozen bananas in blender. Try to grind them without any liquid. If need be, add a little bit of milk to get it started. The Vitamix blender has a stick that helps push the pieces into the blade as it is running. For an Indian style mixer, you might have to open and mix it a few times to get a smooth consistency.
Blend till creamy
Now let us assemble it all together, shall we?
Layer 1 – Chia seed gel
Layer your favorite fruits.
How about some blueberries…
In the next layer, I added spaghetti squash strands instead of the typical corn noodles used in Faloodas. Click the link for spaghetti squash payasam to get more details on how to get these low carb squash strands.
Ok, I admit, getting spaghetti squash ready for falooda is a bit of an overreach. But, it is just an example of how healthy you can choose to make it, if you really need to.
Now pour the strawberry smoothie over it
Top it with delicious banana ice cream.
Upgraded Falooda Recipe
Serving size – 2
Chia seeds – 2 tbsp
Rose water – 1/4 cup
Soy milk – 1/4 cup
Blackberries – a few
Blueberries – a few
Spagetti squash – cooked and strands seperated – 2 tbsp
Dates – 3/4 cup
Strawberries – 12-14 nos
Soy milk (any milk) – 4 cups
Bananas (frozen) – 3
Milk – a few splashes
Any locally available chopped fruits, salted nuts
Get chia gel ready by combining ingredients for the gel
Make smoothie ready by combining smoothie ingredients
Make icecream by blending frozen bananas. Add a few splashes of milk to get the blender going, but not too much.
Get spaghetti strands ready by following instructions in this recipe.
Layer the ingredients in the format show above or not :). A falooda is like a blank canvas. Add or subtract ingredients that you like and make it the way you love.