Hello friends! Ramadan Mubarak!
My husband and I have a tradition that we started when we lived in Washington, DC – we always host our friends for the first day of Ramadan. It’s fun, no one is really ready, I can do all the prep without fasting, and it’s a great way to bring everyone together after the first day.
This year, I thought I would do something fun for dessert and included a falooda bar in the mix. I absolutely love Toosso’s falooda and knew it would be the perfect on the go treat for our friends who were rushing out the door for taraweeh. It’s refreshing, filling, full of different textures, and with a lid and a straw you can be on your way out the door in no time. The only thing I didn’t realize was how much people would love a falooda bar!
We had cake, cupcakes, and other desserts that people brought – and that all went untouched. I was very surprised!
If you are planning on hosting a party, I highly recommend adding this to your menu. It’s easy to round up, here’s how I did it:
- Easy Falooda “rabri” – two gallons of whole milk to half a jar of Rooh Afza (or to taste should be sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet) initially I boiled two gallons of milk with sugar to thicken it a bit and then added Rooh Afza. When I ran out I mixed the milk with Rooh Afza straight and no one seemed to notice or care…and straight mixing was much easier!
- Sev Noodles – found at the desi store. I boiled them per package instructions and then used scissors to cut the cooked noodles to smaller lengths. I stored this in water and then before iftar soaked them in a little bit of simple syrup (1/2 water 1/2 sugar boiled together then cooled)
- Tukhmariya (basil seeds) soak in water at least 20 minutes or a few days ahead and store in the fridge
- Jello – green and red made to package directions
- Vanilla ice cream (or kulfi – my nephew and many other kids have nut allergies so I steer clear of nuts in things for him and other kids at parties FYI)
For the things that I used:
I also wanted to help my guests with layering so I made a cute diagram. I am including the PDF for you here: Azza’s Festive Falooda
Oh! And my most helpful hint: OxiClean. It gets Rooh Afza stains out of white carpet. I hate that I know this.
I hope you guys try this out at your next party. Please let me know how it goes!