sabja seeds recipe, how to use sabja seeds (falooda seeds)

Sabja seeds or falooda seeds are one of the underestimated ingredient in Indian cooking. Not many people use these seeds despite them having many health benefits. India is blessed with many herbs and spices but many times we don’t give them their due, unless they are supported by big brands.

E.g. You must have heard about chia seeds. They are in demand these days. Just as flax seeds were trending in 2011 and 2012, chia seeds are hot in 2013. Basil seeds are different from chia seeds. In India people know about sabja as they are added to a popular drink falooda.

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soaked basil seeds

The sweet basil seeds do resemble the chia seeds and is known by the names Sabja seeds or falooda seeds or tukmaria in India. They are basically the seeds of the sweet basil. Sabja seeds are most commonly used in making Falooda and can be easily added to sherbets, Milkshakes and other cooling drinks like Jigarthanda, Nannari syrup, shikanjvi. If you ever had falooda then you have tasted the basil seeds. Although these sweet basil seeds do not have taste of their own but they give a good texture to the dish and make it healthy too.

Sabja seeds have many health benefits

1. They are cooling and thats why they are added to many cooling drinks like Kulfi falooda, rooh afza, Nimbu pani and sherbets.
2. Good for sore throats, cold and respiratory disorders.
3. Helps in digestion and cure constipation.
4. They have a calming effect and can uplift your mood.

How to use sabja seeds or falooda seeds

1. Take the sweet basil seeds in a bowl. Pick up the chaff or husks or stones if there are any from them.

sabja seeds or basil seeds

2. Pour water.

add water to basil seeds

3. They will soon begin absorbing water.

falooda seeds

4. These are the basil seeds just after 2 minutes of adding water.

soaked sabja seeds

5. Soak them for 30 mins. Once they absorb the water, a translucent gelatin like coating is formed around them. Strain and then Use these soaked seeds in drinks, coolers, sherbets, ice creams, falooda or kulfis. Remember to add enough water. Otherwise the soaked seeds become lumpy when they start swelling. They only absorb water as much as they required. So you can always add extra water to avoid the lumps being formed.

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sabja seeds recipe

5 from 2 votes
Method to use sabja seeds or basil seeds for drinks or sherbets
method to use sabja seeds
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:beverages & drinks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):1 small bowl
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

  • sabja seeds as required (sweet basil seeds or falooda seeds or tukmaria)
  • enough water to soak sabja seeds

Instructions

  • Take the sweet basil seeds in a bowl. Pick up the chaff or husks or stones if there are any from them.
  • Pour water. remember to add enough water. Otherwise the soaked seeds become lumpy when they start swelling. They only absorb water as much as they required. So you can always add extra water to avoid the lumps being formed.
  • They will soon begin absorbing water.
  • Soak them for 30 minutes. Once they absorb the water, a translucent gelatin like coating is formed around them.
  • Strain and then use these soaked seeds in drinks, coolers, sherbets, ice creams, falooda or kulfis. 
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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37 comments/reviews

  1. Is tulsi seeds and Sabja seeds same thing. Shop keeper gave me Tulsi seeds when asked Sabja seeds.
    Regards
    Ajay

    • tulsi seeds are different and sabja seeda are different. both tulsi and basil are from the same plant family. tulsi is called as holy basil and sabja is sweet basil. italian basil is also from the same plant family. hope this helps.

  2. Could you kindly tell me where i can sabja seeds please ? Thanks

    • you can easily buy them in any grocery shop if you live in mumbai or pune. also available in super stores. or else you can buy them online on amazon.in

  3. I have an farm of sabja/basil seeds if any one want contact me 9960921270.

  4. Mr Dasna Thanks for Sabja Seed Recipe But I want to know how much an Adult. can use Sabja Seed in one day how many spoon we should soke and eating time can I use it empty stomach or after any meal when I use after sokeing in mixy tiny black Seeds shown in the mixture. That black tiny Seeds should be eaten with the shake5 stars

    • Thanks Shravan. I use 1 teaspoon everyday. But i am not a nutrition expert. so can’t say much about it.

  5. Read all columns.the use of sabja seeds is highly assential for a family.

  6. Hello ,Where would I be able to find sabja seeds.

    • in india, you can easily get them in local grocery stores and even in supermarkets. if you live outside india, then you can buy them online on amazon.com

  7. Hello
    I see that most sabja recipes are cold drinks.
    Can it be consumed with hot meals, such as Oatmeal? Is there any downside of consuming it hot, instead of cold?
    Thank you

    • thats true. even i have never seen sabja being served hot or in hot meals. i do not know if consuming sabja hot has any side effects.

  8. What is the Malayalam name for Basilseeds.

    • not sure about malayalam, but sweet basil is called as thiruneetru pachai in tamil.

  9. Sabja seeds are called kamakasturi seeds in Karnataka .
    Soak 1/4 tea spoon of sabja seeds in a glass of water for an hour then add 2 tea spoons of sugar in it and drink.
    It keeps body cool in summer. It protects us from heat waves.

    • thanks for the name of sabja in kannada langugage. also thanks for the suggestion to make this cooling sabja drink for summers.

  10. i m trying to eat healthy as i have pcod .the more processed foods i avoid and the sugar the more healthy i become .also fat .the less % of fat in my body the better.
    if you have time could you tell me
    1.chia seeds are called in hindi.

    2.flaxseeds are called in hindi.
    also have ever tried stevia .

    • thats a nice and healthy habit akansha. i don’t know what are chia seeds called in hindi. we get here but expensive as imported from outside india. flaxseeds are called alsi in hindi. i have tried stevia powder. but i did not like its taste. it wasa different kind of sweetness which did not suit my palette.

    • Chia seeds are called Sabja and Flax seeds are called Alsi in Hindi

      • chia seeds are not sabja seeds. both are different. flax seeds are called as alsi in hindi.

    • Chia seed in Hindi name is (bapchi)
      Flax seed name ( alsee)

  11. Are basil seeds used as a spice? If so, could you tell me how I may use them? Thank you.

    • megan, basil seeds are not used as a spice. they are just added to drinks and in falooda. you can also add them to fruit salads.

      • Chia seed use with milk, juices,ice creams

  12. I read yor page and ilike it very mutch u give me very usefull knowlidge thank you very mutch.

    • welcome habib

  13. we are having basil seeds/subja seed

    • I need Sabja Seed and Chia Seed if you have both please let me know the prices.

      • yatin, we are not into selling cooking ingredients.

  14. i do not get it easily please tell me its indigenous name or the name how the locals. call it here in uttar pradesh

    • these are generally called as sabza or sabja seeds in hindi. the other name is tukmaria seeds. i don’t know what these are called locally in uttar pradesh.

    • You get them at Natures Basket. If you have a Godrej Natures Basket in the vicinity, the stock them. At least in Mumbai, so you can even ask them to get it for you on a regular basis. Hope that helps.
      Jaisinh

      • thanks for the reply.

    • In north India, it is known as Tukmalanga!!

      • Tukmalanga is different than tukmaria check with sell of herbs.

  15. Where do I get Sabja or basil seeds

    • you will get basil seeds in any good super store section where spices are kept or might even get them in the shops which sells dry fruits.