How to make Gulkand (Rose Petal Jam) at home...

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Gulkand, or Gulqand is a sweet preserve of rose petals made in India and in some other Asian countries. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu Languages, and qand means sweet in Arabic.

Making Gulkand at home is very easy. This Instructable provides the step by step instructions on "How to make Gulkand at home".
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The flowers of Rosa × damascena, more commonly known as the the Damascus rose, are used for making Gulkand. Though there are suggestions of some other varieties of Roses also, Damascus rose is the most common variety used.

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Collect the fresh Rose petals

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Weigh the Rose petals and weigh equal amount of sugar

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Wash the rose petals in clean running water

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Take a clean dry glass bottle with lid. You can either use a clean white cloth also instead of the lid

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Add the Rose petals and sugar in layers in the bottle

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Close the bottle with the lid or cover with a clean white cloth and keep it in sun light. You can add more layers of Rose petals and sugar to the full capacity of the bottle.

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Rose Gulkand or Rose petal jam is ready in about ten days. The Gulkand can be stored in the fridge for about six months.

Health benefits of Gulkand:

Gulkand is an extraordinary home remedy for the treatment of acidity, used as a tonic in order to relieve lethargy, muscle ache, itching, fatigue and overexposure to heat and considered to be very efficient in purifying the blood and improving eyesight and memory.
nice share... pls alsonote thatgulkand has laxative properties....n used as strong laxative for purifying...people using gulqand first time...should keep this mind.....or else they might end up spendingb their day in toilet....:-P
komecake1 year ago
This looks amazing. Can you use any roses? I have pink roses in the backyard and red in the front, but I have no idea what kind they are. Are all roses edible? I will look online, but this looks amazing!!!
antoniraj (author)  komecake1 year ago
thank you... no, you can not use any rose... flowers of Rosa × damascena, commonly known as the Damascus rose or Edward rose are used for making Gulkand. I am not aware of any other varieties used for this
Good to know, thanks. Looks like all roses are edible, but not all taste good. Wish I knew what mine were!
try eating them and you'll know if they taste good.
Venemot1 year ago
you know of you crush the leaves with the suger (using a wooden laddle) and keep it in a open tray in the sun can get a much quicker qulqand and it is quite crispy yet still quite moist......
antoniraj (author)  Venemot1 year ago
thank you I will try that...
I will ask my grandpa the exact recipe next time i vist him and i will surely tell u...although it is just about the same as i said
antoniraj (author)  Venemot1 year ago
ok, thank you
Venemot1 year ago
My grandfather usually makes gulqand.....we have a pretty big rose garden in our home....i dont know them by names....nor does my gramps....but we take large red or pink roses(mostly gives a more complex bitter sweet taste)....they are usually the ones with the softest of leaves.....the other flowers are quite hard...they are mostly cross breeds and we call em paper roses coz their leaves are quite stiff.....
artworker2 years ago
Can it be made by boiling in sugar syrup?
antoniraj (author)  artworker2 years ago
It can be done, but the best method followed from ancient times is, keeping the mixture in sunlight...
Oh wow - I've never seen this. I'd love to try it, it sounds amazing. :D
antoniraj (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
thank you... you can use natural honey also instead of sugar, which will be more beneficial...