New Delhi: If you're walking towards the Old Delhi railway station from Fatehpuri in Old Delhi and still can't find Giani's ice cream shop, here is a tip.
Just follow the crowds. I kid you not, in the three odd hours, that we were there for the shoot, the place was inundated by people wanting the rabdi falooda.
We met people who were coming to the shop for more than 30 years, when the falooda was Re 1 a glass.
Even at Rs 25, it's a steal. It's the simplicity of the materials used as well as where it's served that make the rabdi falooda a best seller.
It sells during winter as well. I guess if people can swim all year round, they can have the rabdi falooda all year round. After all, one of the most pleasurable things you can do is put on weight!
Here's a quick recipe of rabdi falooda to cool you off in this scorching summer.
5 cups (1 kg) full cream milk
1/2 cup sugar
4-5 chhoti elaichi (green cardamoms)
12-15 almonds-blanched, and shredded
2 tbsp pistachios-blanched and shredded
2 tbsp Rose syrup
Bring the milk to a boil in a wide, heavy based pan or a kadahi, add sugar, elaichi and simmer over low heat, till thick (at least half should evaporate)
Simmer more until its colour changes to a beige cream. Shut off the heat.
When cool, transfer on to a serving dish. Garnish with rich dried fruits and nuts, cashews, almonds etc.
Falooda (Corn Starch Noodles)
2 cups chilled milk
1 tbsp cornflour
1 cup rose syrup/sherbet
Iced water in a pan with a colander on top of it.
Mix the corn flour with 1 cup water and bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring all the time. As soon as becomes translucent, take it off the heat.
Transfer the corn flour paste on to the colander and press with the spoon so that the pressed paste falls into the iced water in shreds. Leave thus for 30 minutes.
Take four glasses and top them up with chilled rabdi and falooda, which have been strained of the water. Top it with crushed ice, rose syrup and dry fruits. Voila! Delightful rabdi falooda is ready to melt in your mouth.