When life gives you sunny days and desi roses, make gulkand at home and enjoy the deliciousness throughout the year. It is a natural mouth freshener.
Roses are known for their cooling factor. They are refreshing, natural antacid and leaves a calm effect on mind and body. The gulkand is best enjoyed during the summer season after meals, with a cup of milk or water to receive the maximum healing properties. And also the magic of Gulkand is that if you missed taking your meal on time, or had a long night. The next morning if you wake up with hangover then gulkand is the thing you should take as first thing in the morning.
I ate the rose jam a lot during childhood days. I got my natural gulkand box from Pushkar, the city is famous for best roses. On growing up I started to realize the sugar intake and the side effects it could leave on my health so I thought of making it at home. I replaced sugar with mishri and honey and tried my own recipe. It is easy and healthy now. Also I have to not worry about intake of sugar now
Recipe of making gulkand at home –
1. Desi gulab petals ( Rose petals ) – 200 grams
2. Honey – 2 tbsp
3. Mishri – 2 tbsp
4. Fennel seeds ( saunf ) – 2 tsp
5. Cardamom ( Ealichi ) ( Optional ) – 2 pieces powdered
- Collect fresh petals of roses, wash them thoroughly and then dry on a muslin cloth.
- Take a glass bowl. Add petals of roses in a layer, garnish it with saunf, elaichi, honey and then add a layer of mishri.
- Repeat it up to 5-6 layers and then keep the bowl under sun rays for 3-5 days. It will help the petals to ferment with the crystallization of sugar by natural heat.
- The texture of the petals will first dry, then start changing the color and at last turn into a shade of brown.
- Desi gulkand is ready, it can be stored at a cool temperature in refrigerator for a year
You can also check my post on complete guide to growing, planting and propagating rose plants at home.