Gulkand is a luxurious sun-cooked preserve of Damask rose petals. It is a powerful antioxidant and a very good rejuvenator. It’s of great help to people suffering from Acidity, Stomach Disorders, Body Odour or Fatigue. Can be used to make Rose Milkshake, Rose Petal Ice Cream, Falooda, Paan, Desserts or even as a beautiful filling in cookies n cakes.
It’s prepared by stacking layers of Damask rose (Rosa damascena) petals intermittently with Rock sugar (Misri) crystals.
Gulkand was originally formulated in ancient Indo-Persia (900 B.C.) for its intense flavours as an ingredient and its healing properties as a coolant. It is quite possibly the most complete and authentic rose experience as slow sun-cooking concentrates the flavours of the Damask rose in an easy to use gently caramelized preserve. “Gul” means flower in both Persian and Urdu whereas “Kand” translates into sweetness in Arabic. It is believed to possess cooling and calming properties which is why it has been traditionally associated with regal recipes to create a wide range of desserts and bakery preparations to beat the summer heat. The lavish costs and seasonal nature of Damask roses coupled with the arduous process of sun-cooking and curing Gulkand make it one of the finest and most sought after delicacies coming out of the Indian sub-continent.
Regal, exotic, authentic and opulent, a ‘rose experience’ that remains unmatched. We can assure you, just one teaspoonful of Gulkand will forever change the way you look at roses!
Gulkand is an ideal ingredient to beat the summer heat since it possesses coolant-like properties. It was considered a royal and lavish delicacy in the Indian subcontinent due to its seasonal nature and arduous cooking process. Instead of using the regular rose from your backyard garden, Gulkand utilizes the Damask Rose. This variety of rose is popularly used to make perfumes as it has a strong fragrance, thereby apt for the Gulkand recipe. The Damask rose blooms only twice a year, in the summers and autumn; thereby proving how exclusive Gulkand was.
Gulkand is often compared to rose petal jam and comfitures that are easily available in the market. It is far superior in taste not just because of the variety of rose that is used, but also the method of preparing. Gulkand is sun-cooked over a period of at least one month; thereby imparting a rich, dense, floral flavour to the delicacy. Jams and confitures, on the contrary, are manufactured using standardized rose petals in sugar syrup. They are continuously stirred on a burning gas stove and are usually ready to consume within a couple of hours. This gives them a uni-dimensional flavour, vis-a-vis the Gulkand. Also, the nutrients of rose flowers are conserved in the sun-cooking method of Gulkand, which is not the case for a standard manufactured rose jam.
What are its Health Benefits?
Gulkand is considered medicine in Ayurveda. It is primarily known for its cooling properties, which is beneficial for those with excessive heat in their body. In addition to being a natural coolant, it has several other benefits, which include-
- Improves memory and eyesight
- Helps in the process of digestion
- Relieves lethargy, itching, inflammation and redness
- Removes toxins and purifies the blood
- Aids in relieving constipation, acidity, gastritis and indigestion
- Paan, a popular digestive dessert of North India, it uses Gulkand as one of its main ingredients.
- Gulkand Peda is also a famous and refreshing sweet dish. This has a varak-coated layer of khoya, which is stuffed with Gulkand. This also has a paan-like flavour.
- Gulkand Shake, which can be made easily to spruce up the regular boring milk. What’s more, Gulkand adds to milk’s protein content as well.
- Gulkand Thandai Smoothie, another drink made by combining milk and Gulkand, along with the classic Indian dry-fruit syrup, Thandai.
- India desserts like Gulkand Rolls, Gulkand Rabri, Gulkand Ice Cream, Gulkand Kheer, etc.
- Gulnut Cigars, which are crispy rolls of maida filled with Gulkand and the choicest nuts.
- Lauki aur Gulkand ki Burfi, which is a heavenly dessert with the goodness of lauki and the fragrance of Gulkand.
- Aam aur Gulkand ki Chutney, which has the sour raw mango paired with the sweet Gulkand.
- Gulkand Gilori, which are almond flavoured rolls stuffed with Gulkand.
- Paan truffles with Gulkand centres, which is an eclectic dessert and mouth-freshener rolled into one.
- Gulkand cupcakes, which is an eggless cupcake recipe with the sweet rose preserve stuffed inside.
Gulkand is a powerful antioxidant and a very good rejuvenator. It’s of a great help to people suffering from Acidity, Stomach Disorders, Body Odour or Fatigue. Can be used to make Rose Milkshake, Rose Petal Ice Cream, Falooda, Paan, Desserts or even as a beautiful filling in Cookies.
Rose and Rock sugar
100% Natural. Does not contain any additives, preservatives, artificial colours, artificial flavours and thickeners.
Amount Per 10 grams
Total Calories: 12 to 15
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
Monounsaturated fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 4.13 to 5.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.85 g to 1.7
Sugar: 3.33 g
Water: 4.3 to 5.8 gram
Store in a dry place.
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