Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gulkand: A Speciality Rose Petal Preserve from India

A Rose is a Rose  is a Rose. You may decorate your living room with a bunch,  float in water with diyas/floating candles, else enjoy a rose based drink. Its aroma can lighten up your spirits, an its vibrant color can fill your life with brightness. Rose has been my favorite flower since I was young.

Gulkand or more precisley gulqand is a sweet preserve of rose petals. Gul means the flower and qand means sweet, so literally its a sweet made from flowers. Gulkand is a very popular rose petal spread from India. It is known for its innumerable medicinal and ayurvedic properties. Its best known for its cooling properties especially in the hot and humid summer days. Perhaps the most famous way of having it is wrapped in Paan Leaf along with some crushed betel nut, cardamom & raisins  - as a mouth freshener.

Home made Gulqand from Garden fresh Roses

My mom got this spread for us and made it with her own garden fresh rose petals (desi gulab or musk rose). So here I'm sharing her recipe. Enjoy Gulkand with rabri, basundi, smoothie, shake or on top of ice cream.

Fresh Rose Petals: 2 cups (I used Garden Fresh from Pots)
Sugar: 1 cup (add more if you like more sweetness)
Honey: 2-3 tsp
A dash of cardamom powder
Few drops of Rose Essence

Sprinkle water on the roses in the pot and after a while pluck the roses.
Gently wash the petals or dab it with water and let it dry on paper towel.
In a bowl, mix rose petals with confectioners sugar, honey and a dash of cardamom and give it a good toss. Now add few drops of rose essence and shake well.
Transfer the contents in a glass jar (pre washed and dried)  and keep it in sun for couple of days, shaking occassionally.

Fell in love with its deep Red Color

When the roses become more dark and the sugar is blended well, its is ready.

Enjoy gulqand with bread, parantha, icecream or a glass of warm milk.

This is absolutely lovely and refreshing to taste. 
A spoon of fresh rose spread is so therapeutic to mind and soul. 
Hope you give it a shot and enjoy making and relishing it....!

Hugs, Sonia !!!

Sharing fresh Gulkand with Simple Lives Thursday, 51st Edition.


  1. wonderful homemae gulukad flavour i feel here it is heakthy and yum

  2. So refreshing and nourishing!!! Your each recipe has its own flavour,Sonia.Great...

  3. Sonia this looks wonderful
    can this be done with any roses that grow in the garden?
    regards Akheela

  4. I also love gulkand n urs look perfect

  5. Gr8 ..home made gulkand...looking at the picture itself is so refreshing.

  6. Thatz looks soo refreshing!! wud love to know how it smells:-)

  7. This looks so exotic! I'm going to have to look for some near me.

  8. Oh it is just beautiful and looks delicious! I am so impressed and wow I can only imagine the amazing smell coming from your kitchen!

  9. I adore this! It would make for a amazing vday gift or mother's day present. Thank you for sharing, bookmarking for future gift.

  10. Feel like relishing and exotic, looks super marvellous..

  11. I'M so glad that you all liked this fresh gulkand. Do it a shot and its totally worth it...Regards, Sonia !

  12. I have never tried gulkand but it was nice to learn about it! Rose interesting! Your pictures are always, always so beautiful to look at.

  13. My grandmother usedto make these but I didn't have the recipe,Thanks to you I have a recipe now.

  14. Oooh, Breath-taking Sonia! What a beautiful spread. I've never tried gulkand--looks lovely and I bet it tastes delicious.Cute Shots!



  15. This looks almost too pretty to eat! Bet it smells out of this world too.

  16. the pics make the gulkand look soo awesome..i want some right now, Sonia!

  17. Hi Sonia. I want to make this recipe but I want to make sure I do it right. The list of ingredients list honey, cardamom and rose essence but the method does not state when to add these. Also, is it 1 cup of sugar? Sorry for my questions but since I never had this, I want to make sure I do it right to enjoy it. It looks so good I don't want to mess it up. Thank you.

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