Faloodeh (Persian: فالوده, romanized: fālūde) or paloodeh (Persian: پالوده, romanized: pālūde) is a traditional Iranian cold dessert similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin vermicelli-sized noodles made from starch in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. Faloodeh is often served with lime juice and sometimes ground pistachios.
In Iran, faloodeh is sold in ice cream stores and coffee shops in flavors such as pistachio, saffron, rosewater and honey, and can be served alongside bastani sonnati, a traditional Persian ice cream.
Faloodeh originated in Shiraz and is sometimes known as Shirazi faloodeh (Persian: فالوده شیرازی, romanized: fālūde Shirāzi) in Iran.
The word paloodeh is from the verb paloodan (Persian: پالودن) which means to refine. Faloodeh is an Arabicized form of paloodeh that appeared after the Arab conquest of Iran, due to a lack of the phoneme /p/ in Standard Arabic.
In the 16th to 18th centuries, the Indo-Persian Mughal kings who ruled the Indian subcontinent created a cold dessert beverage called falooda which is a derivative of faloodeh.