Food & Wine | Royal Falooda with Bottlegreen Cordial

Hello, Again!

Last month, Bottlegreen Drinks generously sent me a selection of their Cordials and Sparkling Pressés (sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) and a request to design a recipe from them.

It took me a little while to find a perfect pairing, but I like to think I did everyone justice.

Continued after the jump…

First things first; for my North Americans out there, I did not know what a cordial was either. Before I moved to England the only time I had seen the word “cordial” was from the book Anne of Green Gables. Anne Shirley throws a tea party for her friend Dianna and mistakes raspberry cordial for currant wine.

The event doesn’t end well.

In England, cordial (also known as “Squash”) is a common drink mix. Its basically a sweet-flavoured syrup that I like to enjoy with sparkling water, although it also goes quite well with spirits. Bottlegreen is a bit more creative than I and their website has recipes for salsa, salads, roulade and even curries using a variety of cordial flavours.

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In Iran; the home of Persian food, many meals are made using a sweet/savoury combination. Fesenjan for example, is a stew flavoured with ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Jeweled rice is made with barberries and saffron. So when I opened my box of Bottlegreen products and lifted pomegranate and elderflower cordial from its tomb of blue packing peanuts, I knew just which culture would inspire my recipe.

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Bottlegreen Pomegranate and Elderflower Royal Falooda
Serves 2
Until the 20th Century; iced drinks were a luxury that only the rich could afford, making Royal Falooda a drink fit for a Maharaja. Although Persian in design, this recipe hails from my beloved India and is thought to have been brought over during the Moghul Period. I have taken some artistic license, using more commonly found chia seeds in place of basil or "subja", and rice-vermicelli noodles in place of cornstarch ones. I like to think that despite my heretic changes, this holds a candle to any Falooda I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy.
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  1. 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  2. 4 Tbsp Water
  3. 1 1/2 Cups Cold Milk
  4. 4 Tbsp Bottlegreen Pomegranate and Elderflower Cordial
  5. 1/4 Cup Cooked Vermicelli Noodles
  6. 2 Cups Vanilla Icecream
  7. Pomegranate Seeds To Garnish
  1. In two large glasses, place 1/2 tbsp each of chia seeds followed by 2 tbsp of water. Allow to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. When chia seeds have turned to a gelatinous consistency, divide cooked vermicelli noodles between two glasses, placing gently atop the chia seeds.
  3. Combine cold milk with cordial and stir to combine. Gently divide mixture between two glasses.
  4. Add 1 cup cold ice cream to each glass, careful not to disrupt the mixture.
  5. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and enjoy.
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This recipe helps to showcase that Bottlegreen Cordials are the perfect way to explore the world from the kitchen. I hope you enjoy making it for yourself as much as I did creating it! 

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Photos: Brittany Levett &  Bottlegreen Drinks

All the best,

Brittany Levett