How to Make Falooda at Home

 

Growing up in Sri Lanka has a million advantages starting from the fact that your grandparents play a major role in your upbringing, which means you get to eat some of the tastiest food and drink. Grandmas in Sri Lanka are super chefs and they let you tag along when they go shopping, which could be to the grocery, Keells Super or the market close by. Moms, on the other hand, may prefer online shopping in Sri Lanka to save time, but neither party opposes when kids ask for falooda ingredients.

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The Goodness and Greatness of Falooda
 

Falooda is a sweet pink liquid which is consumed chilled with a bit of jelly or ice cream mixed in. It is delicious, full of milky nutrients and satiates not only one’s thirst but also one’s hunger. A glass of falooda has the properties to entice everyone starting from little girls and boys right up to the grandparents who usually serve them. Falooda is even used as a placebo due to its densely pink appearance and pleasing sweetness, both of which have immediate healing effects on children.

 
The Ingredients
 

Unlike most other food and beverages, falooda does not have a million telltale signs of the magical ingredients that go in to it. However, the potion includes basil seeds, milk, sugar, falooda sev, rose syrup and nuts of your choice. As a quick alternative, there are ready to mix packs that can be purchased off the shelf at supermarkets, blended in with water, chilled and consumed to get the refreshing taste of falooda in a jiffy.

 
The Steps
 

The home cooking steps start with the soaking of basil seeds and the simultaneous thawing of milk and sugar on a stove. Falooda sev can be purchased from the store which would definitely save time for those who make falooda in a rush during summer days. However, using corn flour or sago, the falooda sev noodles can be made at home. These sev noodles are similar to what is used in kulfi, a popular Indian sweet. The milk should be boiled such that it reduced to about three-fourths of its original quantity; experts in the art believe that this increases the creamy texture while adding much to the taste. Once the milk and sugar mix is taken off the stove, rose syrup should be added to convert the mixture in to a lush pink liquid.

 
The Layers and the Presentation
 

To enjoy a really cold glass of falooda, one should chill the glasses in a refrigerator during the preparation time. The first ingredient to be poured into these chilled glasses is rose syrup and each person can choose the quantity as it is mostly to add colour and some extra sweetness. The syrup makes a thick, bright red base for the pink liquid and though it does not fuse itself into the liquid completely, it contributes to the sweetness. The milk based mixture should be poured in next, with the basil seeds which swim at the top of the glass and the garnishing coming in last of all. Nuts, scoops of ice cream or jelly are used to make the drink richer. This entire process would take up to an hour at most provided the ingredients are available.

 
The Modern Derivatives
 

Today, falooda has taken a completely new shape and form where fruits are mixed into the falooda to make it partially a fruit punch. It is also common to make pistachio, chocolate or strawberry flavoured falooda where the thick drink is garnished, layered or fused with these various add-ons which contribute towards a richer, thicker, tastier and more enjoyable beverage.

 

 

Thai Food Dishes to Try in Phuket -A Foodie’s Guide to Phuket

Phuket, a southern island in Thailand with a long rich history of trade with China, India and Portugal is one of the most culturally diverse islands, which also caters to an array Thai, Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisines. The island’s access to an abundance of tropical fruits, vegetables and seafood ensures some of the best fresh meals! Thai food is a mouth-watering combination of sweet, sour and spicy ingredients concocted to create one of the best, exotic cuisines in the world. As many visitors seek for a beach restaurant in Phuket, which creates the perfect ambience and setting for guests to savour every bite of their meal,Anantara Layan Phuket Resort has the ideal restaurant for this!

Tom Yum is Thailand’s famous spicy sour soup and Tom Yum Goong; which translates to prawns, is the next best thing. A clear soup flavoured with lemon grass, fresh galangal roots,kaffir lime leaves and shallots is enjoyed by everyone. Pad Thai, another famous and common Thai dish is a delectable invention of rice noodles, egg, chill, and tofu and often includes prawns or chicken, and is usually found in roadside cafes in Phuket. Pad See Ew is a Chinese based dish that is similar to Pad Thai combining fried noodles, infused with soy sauce along with thin strips of meat is a favourite amongst the locals and tourists. Massaman curry is of Persian origin and is a signature dish of Phuket. This dish of beef and potatoes is famous for its coconut milk infused flavour, topped with roasted peanuts or cashews. Por Pia are a Thai version of spring rolls which bursts of spices and are served with an apricot dipping sauce. For a sweeter alternative, Gai Med Ma-Muang is a stir fried chicken dish packed with fresh vegetables and cashew nuts. For the less daring, be sure to try out Phuket’s Fish and Chips.
The Oh Eaw is a dessert combining shaved ice, banana jelly, beans and sweet syrup which is the perfect way to beat the afternoon heat of the island.

Maggie Tulliver is a passionate travel writer. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry. Google+

3 M’s of Qatari Cuisine – 3 M’s, 3 Fantastic Dishes

Doha, the capital of the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, is one of the most rapidly transforming cities in the world. With its rich heritage & culture, and the recent advent of urban development, the city offers a great “east meets west” experience. As with any nation, Qatar takes pride in its cuisine. Qatari cuisine is known for its rich flavors, variety of spices, and fusion of textures, to deliver a truly sensational gastronomic experience. Qatari cuisine is known for its use of rice, meat & seafood, and an assortment of vegetables, so you count on having a wholesome dish. You might wonder if there is a dish that brings out the best of Qatari cuisine, and the answer to that is that there are, in fact, three dishes that bring out the best of Qatari cuisine; mathrooba, machbous, margooga – the three M’s.
The three M’s are the three most popular dishes in Doha, owing to the simple fact they represent the key features of Qatari cuisine; simple, spicy and delicious. These 3 M’s can be found in any of the Doha restaurants ranging from the popular street food joints in Doha to the High-end restaurants at luxury hotels such as the ones at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. Mathrooba is a ready-to-eat delicacy that is extremely popular. It is a creamy porridge made of shredded chicken and wheat. This thick soupy porridge is served hot and is known for its spicy and zesty flavors. It’s wholesome and delicious and is just the fix you need after a log day. Machbous is arguably the most popular meal in Qatar. The dish comprises tempered basmati rice cooked in an assortment of spices, accompanied with a succulent portion of meat baked in a traditional underground over. Machbous is served with various sauces and pastes, to add more flavors. It truly is a delicious dish that is sure to leave you thoroughly satisfied. Margooga, a stew made of hearty vegetables including eggplant and carrots, makes for an absolutely whole meal. It is served with a sizable portion of farrago bread so that you can soak up all the goodness of the Margooga.

Maggie Tulliver is a passionate travel writer. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry. Google+