sabja seeds or sweet basil seeds, how to use sabja seeds or falooda seeds

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method to use sabja seeds

method to use sabja seeds or basil seeds for drinks or sherbets

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total time:
30minutes

sweet basil seeds or sabja seeds are one of the under estimated 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.

soaked basil seeds

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.

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.

sweet basil 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 calming effect and can uplift your mood.

few recipes using sabja seeds are indian lemonaderooh afzapaan gulkand milkshakestrawberry falooda, mango falooda, kesar pista falooda and rose milk recipe.

method to use sabja seeds below:

method to use sabja seeds
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method to use sabja seeds

method to use sabja seeds or basil seeds for drinks or sherbets
course beverages & drinks
cuisine indian
prep time 30 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 1 small bowl
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

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

how to make method to use sabja seeds

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

  2. 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.

  3. they will soon begin absorbing water.

  4. soak them for 30 minutes. once they absorb the water, a translucent gelatin like coating is formed around them.

  5. strain and then use these soaked seeds in drinks, coolers, sherbets, ice creams, falooda or kulfis. 

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how to use sabja seeds or sweet basil 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.

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having 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 trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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35 comments/reviews

  1. 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

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

  3. 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 shake

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

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

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