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Persian Ice – Orange Faloodeh

The  other  day I  got  to pick  a  bag  of  oranges  from  a  friend’s  backyard. Fresh  sweet oranges   are  always  a  treat, especially when handpicked and had fresh. I am  especially fond of  the  zest, right from the tree these are even more fragrant than those from the market. So there I was with a bag of oranges when the heat wave decided to visit us !! What  better  way to  deal with   the  scorching  heat  of  the   day  than  with  some Persian Ice bursting   with  orange  flavors? So here is Orange Faloodeh !!

Orange Faloodeh - Persian Ice

Frozen treats  are  welcome  any time of  the  year , especially  so in summer.  Rich ice creams to plain ice cubes are all cherished now as the summer sun is making its presence felt. While I love a cup of frozen custard or creamy ice creams my favorite is a simpler version – Faloodeh . This is the  Persian  version  of  semi frozen ice. It is one of the simplest frozen treats to make and requires no ice cream maker or any special equipment – well except for a freezer.

Faloodeh is in fact one  of  the  earliest  known  frozen  treats. Do not confuse it with the Falooda – the chilled drink  of the Indian subcontinent, though both are chilled, sweet and contain noodles. This desert is much simpler and at the same time utterly refreshing. Think of  it  as a  sweet  flavored slush  mixed  with  thin frozen noodles .

Did I mention that it is a quite simple recipe? In fact it is ridiculously easy, considering the flavor it packs. Start  with  a  simple  syrup.   Mix 1 cup sugar  and  1 cup water in a sauce pan, and  bring to boil .  Simmer  for about 1  minute  and  turn  the  heat  off to cool completely. There you have the simple syrup.
Simple Syrup  is a great thing to have on hand, in fact I have some always in the fridge during summer breaks when the kids are home. Simple syrup and some lemons work well to keep the the little hands occupied for say an hour. The added advantage is that all that juicing (child labor warning !!!), leaves the kitchen smelling fresh !!

While  the  syrup is  cooling   prepare   about 1/2 C rice  vermicelli   according to package instructions.  Usually  this  involves   bringing  some  water to  boil  and  immersing  the  vermicelli  in  the  boiling  water . Let it  stand  for  a  few minutes  and  drain .  If the  vermicelli were  long  break it  into 1 to 2 inch long  strands  before cooking . Once  the  syrup is  cooled  add   about 1 Tbsp  of    freshly grated  orange  zest ,  the  cooled  noodles  and  1 C  freshly squeezed  orange  juice  to  it .  Mix  well. You could use falooda noodles or any of the thin rice vermicelli.

Pour  this mix into a flat  pan , here  I have  used a  8X8  tray    and  keep in the  freezer  for  about  an  hour  or  so.  The  time  varies depending on how  thinly  the  mixture  is  spread .   Remove  from the  freezer.  By this  time  the  ice  should  be  forming on top, but  the  entire   mix  is  not  frozen   solid.  Use a  fork to rake   the  top  of  the  ice  and  break up  the  mix.  Return  to the   freezer. If there were a lot of liquid, repeat  the  process  one more  time .

When   ready to serve ,  gently stir  the ice  with  with a  spoon  and  place in the  serving cup .  Add a  few  tablespoons of  freshly  squeezed orange  juice  and  garnish  with  chopped pistachios .

Orange Faloodeh - Persian Ice

Orange Faloodeh - Persian Ice

Orange Faloodeh

By Syama
Orange faloodeh is a  sweet  summer time  treat .    
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • Sugar - 1 C
  • Water - 1 C
  • Rice Noodles - 1/2 C
  • Orange Zest - 1 Tbsp
  • Orange Juice - 1 C

To Serve

  • Orange Juice - 1/2 C
  • Chopped Pistachios - 3 Tbsp


  • Mix 1 cup water and 1 C sugar in a sauce pan and bring to boil . Simmer for about a minute and turn off the heat . Cool completely .
  • Prepare the rice noodles according to the package instructions and set aside to cool .
  • Add the orange zest, noodles and the orange juice to the cooled syrup and mix well . Pour this mixture to a shallow pan and place in the freezer for about 1 hr or so .
  • Remove from the freezer and mix / breakup the ice using a fork and return to the freezer. Repeat after 1 hour .
  • When ready to serve remove from the freezer . Place a few scoops in a serving bowl , Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons or orange juice on top and garnish with chopped pistachios .


  • Tastes best when made with freshly squeezed orange juice .
  • This can be made in the ice cream maker as well .

Important: Nutrition Values are estimates. Actuals vary based on ingredients and serving size.

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