Every Tamil kid has grown up with Faluda and most of us know about the black seeds called ‘casa casa’ which grow a furry coating within minutes when immersed in water.
When I googled ‘casa casa’, I didn’t have much luck. One site said ‘Kasa Kasa’ are Basil seeds. I am pretty sure this is not right. Is it?
** Update 25 April 2014: I got a comment on this post which told me that these are not called ‘casa casa’ but are called Sabja seeds which are a type of Basil seed. Thank you for the information. Really appreciate it.
You can buy these bizzare seeds at Asian spice shops.
Faluda is served at Tamil weddings, festivals, sporting events, restaurents and at home. So pretty much everywhere. It is a cold drink and you can be creative in how you serve it: with ice cream or with ice – without ‘casa casa’ – dark pink or light pink – with soy or normal milk. If you google image ‘Faluda’ you will get some ideas.
The main ingredient is Rose Syrup and the instructions on the bottle say to mix 1 part rose syrup with 6 parts milk. If it’s not sweet enough – add more Rose Syrup. If too sweet for you – add more milk. Easy!
Add the ‘casa casa’ once they have grown into little tiny fur balls.
How much ‘casa casa’? Once again, this is upto you. The ratio in the photo (about 1/2 tsp) is probably about right if you are unsure how your guests would like it.
The furry little black things usually make for good conversation.