Rose Milk with Basil Seeds

Letter-writing is one habit which is almost extinct. Are there any people who write letters nowadays? I don’t think so. I was suddenly reminded about how much I used to love writing letters whether it was my D, my friends or my HD, during our courtship time and I really miss the feel of it altogether. Even though communications have become really fast, thanks to the advent of emails, Facebook and more lately, Whassup, still the personal touch of receiving something handwritten is something else. That reminded me of one such letter I had received from my D during one of my school vacations. We used to go back to India to stay for around 8-10 weeks depending upon the length of our vacations, during the months of July and August. Since phone communications were limited during that time and since I used to miss D a lot, I used to ensure that if anybody was coming back to the UAE, I would sent a one page letter for him to read. And he would faithfully reply back to it with anybody coming to India. Β One time, I received a letter that I could hardly read. I was wondering what D must have meant by what was in it, when I came to know that umma was being called for to attend D”s call to our neighbor’s phone (what days those were, right?). I told umma to ask him about the letter and then I learned that he had a terrible migraine and an uncle was coming to India, since he didn’t want to disappoint me, he had written that letter in that state of mind that he couldn’t understand if it was readable or not! Our children seriously miss the joy of receiving such hand written goodies from their fathers for sure! We love to be so instant that little things don’t matter to us any more… Kind of makes me feel sad…


I don’t think this is the best time to share a drink, especially when the weather is getting cooler. However, even though cold, I’m somebody who would go for a smoothie or a juice instead of a hot chai or coffee if I am really in a mood for one. I always have rose syrup handy at home, anytime for the guests, because it is quite a hit among guests who come. Put in some crunch from soaked basil seeds and the coolness that comes is just too good…


Rose Milk with Basil Seeds
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Serves: 3
  • 1 tbsp basil seeds
  • ⅓ cup rose syrup
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • ⅔ cup cold water
  1. Soak the basil seeds in ¼ cup of water, till all bloated. This will take around 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients till well combined.
  3. Pour into tall glasses, divide the plump basil seeds into all three glasses and serve immediately.
The quantity of rose syrup is all upto you. You want it sweeter, add more.
Instead of having a milk-water combination, you can go for all milk too.
You can very well serve the rose milk without any basil seeds.



  1. says

    Wow missing those days raff? it should have been such a joy! Fathers are blessings to Us I still depend so much on my dad! I still find my dads arms strongest support for me πŸ™‚ Rosemilk with basil seeds is my al time fave! just love it <3

  2. says

    I never wrote letter in my life but of course some greeting cards I used………….missing those days.
    Never mind, I love to taste cold juice and ice cream during winter and even in rainy days…
    lovely color dear…

  3. says

    You still remember back those day about telegrams? It brings back memories during my growing up years. Well, letter writing never been what I have done. I still prefer to communicate on the phone and with fb, I am happier, cost saving until for other reasons of whatsoever.

    Beautiful drink and over here, its so popular during Ramadan. I am struggling to finish of the packet of basil seeds, made drinks, ice-cream and added into desserts. The seeds expands like nobody's business. Let me try out this lovely and cooling drink with it.

    • says

      i've never used telegrams, but letters yes… like u say, it's all about cost cutting, no personal touch today… i love the way u described the seeds, can't stop laughing… πŸ˜€ thank u so much nava…

  4. says

    Telegrams and rose milk rings so many bells in my head πŸ˜‰ although it is pretty cold here in this part of the world I could never say no to rose milk πŸ˜‰

  5. says

    To write without one mistake or cut ,in a neat handwriting was so much fun I am sure my kid is missing all that..The anxiety of not receiving a reply used to be killing…emails just swept off all that right !

    I am looking for a smaller bottle of rose syrup since long.This drink tell me I will be able to finish off a big bottle πŸ™‚

    • says

      oh yes… how fun that used to be!!! rose syrup hardly sits in our pantry for more than a couple of months, especially when guest are around, you can put it into ur banana or apple smoothie as well for a lovely flavor… πŸ™‚

  6. says

    the bliss of letters..u know, I still write letters!! Call me old-fashioned, but I love writing on real paper than typing on laptop let alone I make sure my notebook is still in paper form. I am glad to see some basil seeds, reminds me of ramadhan πŸ™‚

  7. says

    Oh yes I miss all those days I used to write to my uncles aunts, cousins.. but this time I have made sure Saana wrote on the x'mas cards that she is sending out to her cousins… πŸ™‚ At least something!

    Milk looks delicious Rafee.. Yummy

  8. says

    rose milk looks awesome Rafee.. U just made me feel nostalgic as I went through your post! Definitely writing letters and getting one is really a great feeling.. I still have great memories when it comes to hand written letters!:) Yes deinitely our children will not have that opportunity for sure until n unless we tell them.. Like telegram had its last, soon days will come they too won't be there!

    • says

      hmm… glad to know sangee… πŸ™‚ i miss the charm of writing and receiving letters, to say the least… my kids really don't know how it feels likfe!!! thanks a lot dear…


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