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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nam Manglak with lychees - Thai Basil Seed Drink

Here is another discovery Thai Basil Seed Drink....a while back I was visiting My Kitchen Snippet where she had a wonderful dessert Grass Jelly, Mango, Lychee with Thai Basil Seeds that was perfect for this hot weather of summer. It made for a lovely photo as well. I had all the ingredients to try it except the basil seeds. I did find them at the Vietnamese market and the lady at the check out said "now these are not the kind of seeds to plant, it's to make a drink" she showed me the canned drink in the cooler that they sold as well. Good, that's what I wanted! Something new to try! The seeds swell up and a gelatinous shell forms around the seed.

She said they drink this to keep cool inside. I guess it is supposed to be very healthy and has many medicinal properties, but I just wanted to try it for fun. This 2 oz packet was only .99 cents, and one tablespoon made an awful lot...

Although Gert's dessert looked so good, and I had most the ingredients I wanted to do something different for the blog. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it because I don't care for tapioca (I have a small texture issue) :P hehe ...

...but I enjoyed it the seeds didn't have a strong flavor just a little crunch when you bit into one. My daughter wasn't so sure, I don't know if it was the frog eggs seeds floating around or the rose water.
You can flavor it any way you like of course, but this is what I did:

1 cup water
3 lychees
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 teaspoon rose water
2 tablespoons hibiscus tea mostly for color, and I had some made up in the fridge.

You can add simple syrup if you like it sweeter, or grenadine... or sweet condensed milk...or pomegranate molasses...or anything your heart's desire! Have it your way, but try it it's fun!


  1. Yes Lindsey, this is usually for drinks and desserts. You can even put this in the jelly.

  2. Healthy and yummy..perfect for summer :)

  3. I have to admit that I had no idea it is called basil seeds! We use it a lot in our cold drinks. You can put it in jelly (or jell-o), with cut fruits in shot glasses. Very pretty as well! You are so adventurous!

  4. Mmm I really love lychee but I've never heard of it prepared like this before! Looks so refreshing!

  5. Ann - This is a nice dessert, I think I'll try it in the jelly next.

    Sarah - refreshing for sure!

    Jun - Lol! Yes, I think I'll try it in jelly next. I figure if I can't travel to these places and try it first hand, I might as well see what I can do at home!

    Gloria - thanks

    Simply Life - You should try it!

    Joanne - Lychees taste good anyway...this way was fun though ;D

  6. I have seen similar looking drinks at Indian restaurants, but the texture scares me LOL. Still, you do make it look so beautiful.
    *kisses* HH

  7. That looks superb !!! We also use these seeds in Indian dessert cooking and I love that flamingo on the top of your drink :)

  8. This isn't something I would normally think of - but it looks terribly delicious!

  9. Looks like Falooda seeds we have here in India..Love the new recipe here.

  10. Wonderful and perfect drink! You can also try this using basil seeds:

  11. I did not realize those seeds are called Thai basil seeds and that we can buy it here in the US. You make me want to rush to the Asian grocery store now...LOL! It's going to be in the high 90's today and this drink would be perfect!

  12. What a fantastic drink! Perfection!

  13. We have something similar to this drink in Penang, Malaysia. They are really refreshing and good to be taken on a hot day.

  14. so long i did not have this seed in the drink, you just remind me to make some soon.

  15. Gotta get some basil seeds too! I love them sweets!

  16. Such a refreshing drink for the hot summer...sadly we cannot get Thai basil seeds here, in S. Florida...and that's the main ingredient of this yummy drink!

  17. I've seen those basil seeds before as the Asian market! Might have to pick some up next time to try this =)

  18. That sounds so refreshing! Thanks for sharing.

  19. What a great refreshing summer drink!

  20. I always wondered what the seeds tasted like! looks like tadpols for sure!

  21. HH - go ahead and try it, it's good!

    Priya - Thanks, I have lots of flamingoes, I'll try the Indian drink next time.

  22. Kothiyavunu - I'll try it next.

    Belinda - It is surprising!

    Sanjeeta - Thanks, fun to experiment!

    T and T - thanks I will try it!

    Biren - I'll send you some!

    Rita - Thanks, you're so nice!

  23. Apple Foodee - Yes, so refreshing, I'll check it out!

    Sonia - happy to remind you!

    Angie - food blogs seem to bring us back and remind us. :D

    Elisabeth - I never thought to look for them before, I can send you some, you're so close to me!

    Peggy - they are cheap enough and lots of fun!

  24. laxsupermom - you're welcome, and thanks for looking.

    Claudia - Yes, refreshing and nice to have something different.

    Heather - Ha! That's what I thought so I had to try it!

    Mr Pineapple Man - yes once you get over the tadpole thing it's good!

  25. So glad that you tried the basil seeds and thanks for the shout-out :)

  26. Lyndz, I want you to serve me this drink when I visit you one day! hahaha... pzzz..pzz...I can drink a jar actually...! :o) Hope you're having a great week ahead.

  27. I like your new theme and I love the Thai Basil seeds. I recently had them in a milky drinka nd love the way they swell up! Nice flavours

  28. Gert - Thanks for introducing me to this!

    Kristy - I would be happy to serve you this drink, and many more good thing when you come visit me! :D

    Oz - Thank you, I still have some tweaking to do (was a little nervous about it. The milky version...I'll have to try it.


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