Basil or Sabja seeds are the ingredient that gives Falooda its distinctive appearance. They are also used in Indian Lemonade, Rooh Afza, milkshakes and sherbets. Basil seeds are an excellent and inexpensive addition to a balanced diet.
Basil seeds are a lesser known ingredient in Indian cookery, despite their many health benefits. Basil seeds provide relief to sore throats, cold and respiratory disorders, aid digestion and cure constipation. They are used in Indian drinks and desserts such as falooda etc mainly for their cooling effect on the system.
When soaked in water for about 30 minutes, Basil seeds become gelatinous. Strain and then use these soaked seeds in drinks, coolers, sherbets, ice creams, falooda or kulfis.