So delicious So Mauritius!
I know that sounds cliche, but believe me this is far best the most traditional you can get when it comes to rich Mauritian food culture. Alouda as it is being so lovingly known here has been serving from generations to generations really. From the smallest to the elderly,they all are great fan of this milk based drink. So refreshing and the ultimate quench to your thirst on a hot summer day! The most favoured ones are being sold at the Central Market in Port Louis. Else you can still find a good glass of these goodness anywhere around the island.And they are so deliciously creamy topped with a good spoonful of ice cream. I don’t think anyone can say NO to this heavenly drink because the best part is that they come in different colours as well!
Inspired from the Indian famous Falooda drink, I somehow brought a few changes to our traditional Mauritian one. Falooda is a very delicious and yummy beverage cum dessert that is flavored with Rose syrup. Key ingredients are basil seeds, vermicelli aka falooda sev, sweetened milk and ice cream. Both are cold beverages and can be adapted according to your liking really.I added mint puree for a more refreshing taste and some pistachios crumbles for the fun part.
Preparation time : 24 hours
Cooking time : 30 mins
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 ltr of liquid milk
- 1/2 a cup of basil seeds
- Agar Agar (1 stripe)
- 2 cups of Rose syrup
- 1 tsp Rose extract
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Couple of Mint leaves
- Start off by cleaning the basil seeds and removing non seeds ones.
- Soak the basil seeds in water and leave until soft and swollen.
- In saucepan add your water and leave to a boil.
- Stir in the agar agar stripes and cook until all is dissolved in the water.
- Leave in the fridge until firm enough to grate.
- Grate the agar agar and set aside.
- In your blender, add the mint leaves and blend into a smooth paste.
- Keep aside.
- In a big cooking vessel, add in the liquid milk and condensed milk.
- Stir generously whilst adding the agar agar,basil seeds,rose syrup and mint puree. (As shown in picture below)
- Leave in the fridge overnight.
- Best served chilled with crushed ice cubes or ice cream on top.
You can also add some pistachio crumbles to the top for the crunchy part as well as any ice cream flavour of your choice. You can also alter the rose syrup to almond syrup if ever you prefer so. You can also omit the mint puree if ever you don’t like the taste of mint too much into your drinks.Anyhow as mentioned above you can really adapt the drink to your own liking.Some do not even add the rose syrup and have it plain instead.I chose to make this version for my siblings as they are great lover of cold beverages and always so fond of trying new things in the kitchen along with me.
As I have mentioned before my current theme for this blog is mainly Mauritian food so a lot more to come in the days to follow. I try my best to bring out the invisible part visible. So hopefully they bring you closer to home and also to your fondest childhood memories.
I am sure many have taste the Falooda drink from the gorgeous India roadside food stalls. I would love to know what are the extras that can be added to this insanely delicious drink.Some I know add mango puree to the mix or even strawberry coulis. Any extra tips you have really would be so much appreciated. So do not hesitate to say Hello!
Much love and do not forget to spread kindness like confetti!