Shital's-Kitchen: Falooda Sev/ Fine Noodles

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Falooda Sev/ Fine Noodles

Falooda is a popular milk drink in India. This milk drink is topped with basil seeds, vanilla ice-cream and these fine, delicate noodles made with corn starch.

These delicate noodles were my favorite over malai or kesar kulfi (Indian ice cream). I remember my parents taking my sister and me to Chowpatty (beach in Mumbai) every Sunday. Kulfi with falooda was the best part of our Sunday outing!

Falooda noodles with rose syrup are also found in Mediterranean cuisine. 

Normally store bought falooda cannot be eaten during Hindu fasts (since it is made of cornstarch). I made these falooda sev/ noodles with arrowroot (starch obtained from a rhizome root) Arrowroot is also a thickener similar to cornstarch and can be found in Indian grocery stores.

Make these thin noodles and impress your guests!

Before you start, 
1. Grease Sev/ noodle press with some ghee or oil. 
 2. Keep another container full of ice and cold water ready.

In a saucepan mix 1 cup cornstarch or arrowroot (available at Indian grocery store), 1tbsp sugar, 2 1/2 cup water,  pinch of saffron for color (optional).
Whisk well to avoid lumps.

On medium heat, whisk starch mixture till it turns shiny and translucent. Do not let lumps form.

It should be stringy in consistency. You do not want to make it too think.

Turn off the heat and using a spoon pour the thick mixture into sev press.

Carefully hold the press. Since the starch mixture is hot, it might heat up the press.
Put on your gloves or hold it with a paper towel or a napkin.

Quickly screw the lid and press these noodles/sev over ice cold water.

Store it in water in the refrigerator. Pour chilled noodles in milk drink or over ice cream.

Since I just finished making these noodles, I have basil seeds (tukhmaria) and rose syrup. I now need to rush and get some vanilla ice cream to make some falooda drink. So watch out for my next recipe!


  1. excellent recipe and method...thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment! :)

    2. i could not ever made this thing...... thanks a lot

  2. Can I use cornflour to make this?

    1. Yes, cornflour is same as cornstarch. :) Let me know how it turns out!

    2. sure, thanks for the reply :)

  3. how many servings will this make?

    1. A great question!! It surely make 4 to 6 generous servings. It depends on how much you would like to add to your falooda and kulfi!

      Happy Cooking!

  4. nice sharing, Made our Iftari Delicious :)

  5. Thank u so much.i am a fast food corneers(JHILIS SNACK BAR) owner.your recipe is help me to run my shop again.THANK YOU.

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