We are having some scorching hot weather for the past few days and the temperature went up to upper 90’s today. It was so hot and humid that I went to bed only around 2.00am last night and already up by 6.00am as I can't just stay in bed in this condition. It is a bit unusual to be this hot at this time of the year. I can foresee some very hot days coming our way this summer season. This is a simple dessert that I prepared to cool us down few days ago.
You might notice some black speckles in the dessert. That is Thai Basil seeds or in Malay it is called Biji Selaseh. In Malaysia it is used very often in sweet beverages or dessert like ABC (air batu campur/shaved ice) or air bandung (rose syrup drink). Apparently some used these seed for dieting (feeling full with swelled seeds filling the stomach) and they are also used for the medicinal purposes in India to reduce blood sugar levels. It also prevents peptic ulcers and other stress related conditions like hypertension and asthma.
When you soak the seeds in water it will swell up in minutes forming a gelatinous shells and black center. I used to find them yucky as it kind of reminds me of tadpole eggs….not pretty but now I find it fascinating ha ha...There is no taste to it accepts a bit of crunch. You can get these seeds from any Vietnamese grocery store and you can actually get this basil drink in a can too.
2 ripe mangos – peel and cut into cubes
1 can of lychee or longan
1 can of grass jelly – cut into cubes
1 ½ tbsp of Thai basil seeds – wash and soak in water for 10 minutes and drain
Juice of 1 lemon
Some sugar syrup (depend on level of sweetness you like)
Some ice cubes
Mix all the above ingredients in a big mixing bowl and serve it cold (I didn't add any extra syrup to it as I find the syrup in the can lychee is sweet enough)