Recipe For Banana flavored Thai Basil Seed Drink


Thai basil seed drink is a very refreshing beverage that is popular both in Vietnam and in India. It’s called hột é in Vietnamese and falooda in India.

The visual aspect of the drink is unusual and not very appealing, but it tastes great. It kind of looks like fish eggs in a pond and tastes like gummy-textured sugar water. I flavored it with banana extract because that’s the flavor combination I remember from my visit to Vietnam.

1. Info for Banana flavored Thai Basil Seed Drink

  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 20kcal

2. Ingredients for Banana flavored Thai Basil Seed Drink

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar, to taste
  • 1 Meyer lemon (or regular lemon), freshly squeezed
  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 tablespoons Thai basil seed
  • 2 teaspoons banana extract
  • 3 cups ice cubes, or more

3. Directions:

  1. Wash the Thai basil seeds through a large strainer under running water. Place the Thai basil seeds in a pitcher.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a near boil. Pour into the pitcher. Let the seeds gain in volume, which will take about 5 minutes.
  3. In the same saucepan, dissolve the sugar with 1 cup of water. Bring to a near boil, then add the honey. Pour the syrup into the pitcher. Add the banana extract, the rest of the cold water and lots of ice cubes.
  4. I served this chilled with some fresh Thai baby basil leaves from my vegetable garden.
  5. Enjoy!

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