#ValentinesDay: How about cooking with roses?

Today is Valentine's Day and we are sure that flowers, especially roses, will surely be in the mind. But this time, do more than breathe deeply the beautiful bouquet. Take the roses to the kitchen and cook with them. The petals, fresh and dried, are a delicious addition to the kitchen. Cheer up and prepare a romantic meal with these ideas ...

Rose and Quinoa Pudding

Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji shares how to prepare this sweet delight.



  • Quinoa, coarsely ground - ¼ cup
  • Rose petals, dried and edible - ¼ tablespoon
  • Powdered dried rose petals, edible - 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut milk, sugar free - 6 cups
  • Cinnamon powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Jaggery, organic, grated - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Muslin fabric - ¼ meter

Boil and simmer ½ cup of water with grated sugar. Strain, keep aside. Boil coconut milk, add drained quinoa, cinnamon powder. Simmer and stir occasionally. Add rose petals and rose petal powder and salt. Simmer again and turn off the flame. Make sure the pudding is thick. Chill and add brown sugar syrup. Mix well. Pour the pudding into bowls, cool completely and refrigerate for an hour. Decorated with rose petals, sliced ​​almonds and pistachios.

Aloo Aur Gulab Ka Halwa This halwa has potatoes, gulkand, gulab (edible rose petals) and khoya, flavored with green cardamom powder. It is sprinkled with rose water adorned with dried edible rose petals and chopped nuts. Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji shares his recipe.



  • Potatoes, boiled and peeled - 1 large
  • Clarified Butter - 1½ tablespoon
  • Sugar - ½ cup
  • Mawa (khoya) - 150 g
  • Whole milk - ¾ cup
  • Gulkand - ½ tablespoon
  • Rose petals, edible, dried, finely chopped - 1½ tablespoon
  • Rose powder, edible - 2 teaspoons
  • Rose water - 10 ml
  • Green cardamom powder - ¼ teaspoon
  • Bleached, peeled, sliced ​​almonds - 10 g
  • Bleached, peeled and sliced ​​pistachios - 5 g

Grate the potatoes, set aside. Heat the clarified butter, add the potatoes, sauté for a few minutes, stirring continuously. Add sugar, grated mawa and sauté until mixed. Add the milk, rose powder and cook until the milk is absorbed. Add the gulkand and chopped dried rose petals. Sprinkle rose water. Add almonds, pistachios and green cardamom powder and mix well. Garnish with dried rose petals, almonds, pistachios and green cardamom powder.

Chef's advice

- Don't cook the halwa too much.

- The parboiling helps prevent enzymatic browning that occurs in peeled raw potatoes.

Almond and rose kheer

A traditional favorite, chef Manish Mehrotra shows how to make this dessert.



  • Whole milk - 2 liters
  • Rice - 120 g
  • Grain Sugar - 40 g
  • Rose water - 3 to 4 drops
  • Dried Rose Petals - 10 g
  • Almonds - 100 g
  • Almond chips - 25 g

Soak the rice. Boil the milk until it is reduced to half the volume. Add the soaked rice and cook until it thickens. Add the chopped almonds and simmer for 15 minutes until the kheer is thick. Add sugar Cool, add rose water. Refrigerate until serving. Roast the almonds and use them as a garnish along with dried rose petals.

Almond and Rose Kulfi

Try this sweet dish of chef Manish Mehrotra's food



  • Milk, full cream - 4 cups
  • Sugar - ½ cup
  • Saffron - ¼ teaspoon
  • Almond flour - ½ cup
  • Dried Rose Petals - ¼ cup
Method :

Heats and reduces milk. Add almond flour and sugar. Mix and strain. Add dried rose petals and saffron threads. Cool and pour into kulfi molds. Unmold and decorate with toasted almond flakes.

Cool off with pink lassi


Rose lassi is prepared with fresh yogurt, rose petals and rose syrup. It is a refreshing drink. The dietitian Rima Shah says: “This drink can be taken every day. You can also add rose water. ”

Drink rose tea


Food scientist Nagendranath Chiluvuru says: “We know that roses have a cooling effect on the skin. Similarly, rose petals have healing powers and are good for the intestine. You can also prepare rose tea. It is an aromatic drink, better without flavor. It improves the mood and makes a suitable cup in the middle of the morning. Add dried rose petals to hot water and push it to make an infusion of herbal tea or herbs. ”

Benefits of roses


Dietitian Mansi Padechia lists why he should be surrounded by roses as much as he can: “Not many know this, but roses have a lot of water. That is why ancient Chinese medicine used roses to treat digestive disorders, painful lesions and premenstrual irregularities. It contains a good amount of vitamin C, which helps skin cells fight free radicals, fight acne and give it a shine.

She shares some ways to use roses:

- Add 10-15 fresh rose petals to a glass of boiling water. It will turn pink, drink this to improve your metabolism. You can also add a pinch of cinnamon powder.

- Prepare lassi rose for a refreshing drink and add flavor.

- Spray petals in your bathroom to relax the body.