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Thai Basil Seed Drink (Nam Manglak)


This is an unusual cold Thai drink available in cans, but here we make it fresh. It looks like frog spawn, but don't let that put you off, those little gelatin lumps with black centres are actually Thai basil seeds. Thai basil has a smaller leaf than you see in Italian cooking, but the seeds are widely available. When you add water the seed swells into small soft balls and these give an unusual texture to the drink. The traditional flavouring is rose water, but you can flavour it with vanilla or peppermint essence if you prefer, or try adding the seeds to Iced Tea for tea with texture!

Ingredients for 2 Drinks
5g Thai Basil Seeds
500ml Water
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
200ml Rose Water
Crushed Ice for Serving

1. Using a tea strainer to hold them, rince the seeds under a tap to clean them.
2. Soak the seeds in 100ml water.
3. With the other 400ml of water, warm it with the sugar and honey until the sugar is fully dissolved. Taste it, you can adjust the sweetness to your own preference at this point, remember that the drink will be slightly more dilute once the other ingredients are added.
4. Leave to cool back to room temperature.
5. Once the water is at room temperature, and the basil seeds have swelled mix them all together, the rose water, the sweetened water and the water with the basil seeds.
6. Chill and serve over crushed ice.

Comments (4)


Made this drink and found it very interesting. Seems it can have some benificial effects on digestion as well? I wonder if I could also grow Thai basil from these seeds?



Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful thai recipes.

Appon, do you know any website that shown thai recipes in Thai words ?




These seeds are called Sabja/Falooda Seeds in India and we make a lovely dessert/drink called Falooda with it. I am glad to see the same seed is used in Thai too.


A wonderful friend of mine, whom I have lost touch with, would share her sticky rice and salsa with me on our lunch break at work. It was the most delicious salsa I have ever had. Her name is Sara and she even bought me a rice cooker for my birthday one year. I have desperately tried to find a recipe for that salsa and sadly have not been successful. Can anyone help? By the way, thank you so much for this site...the recipes are delicious!

Try the sauces served with this dish, it's likely to be one of these:

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