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