Roasted Nectarine & Rose Falooda

 Falooda (Bombay Crush)

roast nectarine and rose falooda

Falooda or Bombay Crush is a sweet drink popular in South Asian countries and is made using the following ingredients: milk or ice cream, or both, rose syrup, vermicelli or sago (tapioca) or both, or neither, squishy subja or basil seeds and sometimes fresh cream. It’s popular in Indian communities the world over and mine was no exception, when I lived in Natal.

It sounds like a mouthful! And is. After a day of fasting, many Muslims break their fast with a glass of nourishing falooda. It was the wedding welcome drink of note when I was a teen. It’s also wonderfully cooling after a bite of fiery hot curry. Maybe without the vermicelli and tapioca, though.

It certainly isn’t an everyday beverage. I occasionally order one when I visit Indian restaurants back home or if I’ve heard the falooda is good. At this juncture I must add, while I believe you can swap a little ice cream or kulfi for milk or yoghurt, remove the vermicelli and that sort of thing, two essentials must remain.

subja seeds in falooda

  • The Rose flavour. Yes, I do know of the less popular fig and mango flavours. But not on my watch. Rose makes this drink distintive. In this recipe it compliments the mild, sweet-tart white nectarines. Plums and raspberries would also go well.
  • The Subja Seeds. I ordered a falooda at a popular, very cheap Indian restaurant in Piermaritzburg in January.

“Oh, you mean Bombay Crush,” the waiter corrected me.

I mean whatever you call that sublime drink that I need to temper this bloody hot lamb mince roti roll, I thought.

It arrived. No spongy, squishy subja seeds suspended in baby-pink clouds. I lifted the glass up and took a look under. I poked the straw in every corner. Slurped half of it before I realised….the rose flavoured Nesquik was an impostor! I was inconsolable.

Moral: don’t mess with the subja

This version (note: not traditional and I’m not even remotely suggesting it to be) contains roasted white nectarines, rose flavoured yoghurt, subja seeds and whipped cream.


2 servings

3 -4 white or yellow nectarines or plums, halved and stoned and roasted at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 min until soft

1 1/2 cups natural yoghurt

1/2 cup milk (if your yoghurt is double cream or very thick, use less yoghurt and more milk)

60 ml rose syrup (adjust to taste)

2 t subja seeds soaked in cold water, 10 minutes

honey, optional

4 T whipped cream


1. Remove skins and blend the nectarines, with a stick blender until smooth. Spoon the nectarines between two glasses.

2. Blend the yoghurt, milk and rose water. Sweeten with honey if needed. Pour over nectarines. Spoon drained subja seeds over the rose yoghurt layer.

3. Top with whipped cream and serve with a wide straw and long spoon.

bombay crush with nectarines

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By |2017-05-08T12:07:04+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Drinks, Food, Indian Food Easy Peasy, Recipe Index, Recipes|10 Comments


  1. Thuli April 3, 2013 at 6:20 am - Reply

    It looks and sounds amazing Ishay! I’ve never heard of subja seeds, where do I get them?

    • Ishay April 3, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Thanks, it’s a treat! You’ll get than at Atlas. Also known as basil seeds- such fun.

  2. tami April 3, 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I loved your story. I can’t imagine trying to fake it with Nesquick. The roasted nectarines are a brilliant idea (I love the flavour of roasted stone fruit) 😉

    • Ishay April 3, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thanks. Well even if it wasn’t Nesquick,it was a contender! Thanks Tami, roasted plums earl nicely too

  3. Pamela McOnie June 3, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Awesome pics and lovely blog Candice!

    • Ishay June 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you! (But, who’s Candice? 😉

  4. Stacey August 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Found the seeds at PNP in Gardens today. 🙂

    Not the season for fresh stone fruit really but it went SO beautifully with dried apricot jam 🙂

    • Ishay August 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and made it your own version 🙂

  5. john August 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Where do you get rose syrup from

    • Ishay August 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Hi John. It depends where you live. You’ll definitely get it from Indian and some Middle Eastern shops and delis. I can find it easily at local supermarkets in South Africa like Pick n Pay at the V & A the last time I checked. Hope you find some.

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