A cold drink well
known by every Mauritian
who has been to the Port Louis Market
Put the basil
seeds in a flat dish and remove any non-seed material.
Chop the agar
agar strips into 12 mm (half inch) pieces. Separate the strips.
Agar agar strips can be obtained from Asian shops.
If you cannot get
agar agar strips, use set gelatine jelly, grated or chopped into
small pieces. Alternatively, use tapioca strips.
Soak the basil
seeds and chopped agar agar strips in 500 ml water overnight.
Alternatively, soak in luke warm water until the seeds are well
swollen and the agar agar strips are soft to the touch.
Make sure that
the milk is very cold. Pre-cool your serving glasses in the
fridge. Put sugar into the milk and sweeten to taste. Pour the
sweetened milk into glasses until two thirds filled. Put two
drops of your favourite essence and two drops of your favourite
food colour in each glass. Mix well together. Put in three to
four tablespoons of the swollen basil seeds and softened agar
agar strips (alternatively the gelatine jelly pieces) in
each glass. Mix well together. Top with crushed ice.
Close your eyes
and imagine that you are in Port Louis market. Give the glass
contents a quick stir. Slowly sip and drink the alooda.
the milk with ice cold water for a plain alooda drink.
Enjoy. Perfect on
hot days to cool the body down and quench thirst.
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