Monday, July 22, 2013

Faloodeh Shirazi

Faloodeh is perhaps my favorite Iranian dessert. Whenever I go to Iran in the summer, I look forward to two things in particular- fresh pomegranate juice and faloodeh. It's a semi-frozen, slushy-like dessert with rose water, lime juice and noodles. Noodles as dessert? Yes! And it's very refreshing! Perfect for these sultry summer days. 

Faloodeh is one of the oldest known frozen desserts and is particularly associated with the city of Shiraz. In Iran, you can get it from ice cream stores, either alone or makhloot, a mix, of faloodeh and akbar mashti, saffron ice cream. The best part of faloodeh? The pieces of noodles that are much thicker than the rest. 

Here's what you need:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp rose water
2 oz. rice noodles
lime wedges or lime juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water. Then add the rose water and let it cool. Pour enough boiling water to cover the rice noodles, cover the pot and leave it for about 5 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Drain the water and rinse the noodles with cold water. Cut the noodles in 1-2 inch pieces. Combine the noodles and syrup and place it in the freezer. After about an hour, it'll be partially frozen, so you need to scrape it around a little with a fork. Leave it in the freezer for another hour or 2. 

You can serve it in a couple of different traditional ways: with albaloo, sour cherries (or albaloo syrup) or with lime juice. Because of the sweet syrup, I prefer mine with a lot of lime juice. 

This is the closest recipe to faloodeh that I know of. It's good, but unfortunately, it's just not the same as what you get in Iran. Like bread- no matter what they call barbari or sangak outside of Iran, it's not the same as the real thing. But it's a highly satisfactory substitution in the meantime!

Nooshe jan!


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