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Wish You All A Happy Tamil New Year and Happy Vishu !

Gulkand is a sweet preserve of rose petals.  Gul means flower (Rose) and Kand means sweet (sugar).  Gulkand is an Ayurvedic tonic and it is the most delicious Ayurvedic preparation known to mankind.  The National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine provides a list of the benefits obtained from eating Gulkand.  This includes reduction of pitta and heat in the body, a reduction in eye inflammation and redness, strengthening of the teeth and gums, and the treatment of acidity etc.  There are so many other medicinal properties for Gulkand.  


Gulkand is used in various ways, I am listing a few

1. It commonly used as an ingredient of Paan (Betel leaves), which is served after meal and claimed to be chewed as a palate cleanser, a breath freshener and for digestive purposes.
2. Because of its unique taste and flavor of the rose they are used for many sweet preparations. 
3. You can also enjoy Gulkand on its own like Halwa :) I love this :)

Back home in India, I use to have this Gulkand with Vanilla ice cream which tastes so yummy.  That is the main inspiration of this Gulkand ice cream and it tastes soooo fresh, aromatic and flavorful.  This ice cream is so easy to make and it is perfect dessert to beat the heat... We enjoyed licking the ice cream and I am sure you too..


I am glad to share that this is my first post with my new lens which I won here, thanks Siri :) .  You not only did an awesome job, you also gave us a wonderful opportunity to help the cute little kids.  

In this recipe I am using 2 important ingredients, off course one is Gulkand and another one is Rose syrup.  You can buy this in any Indian grocery or even you can order through Amazon.

Click here to see another Rose flavored dessert using the Rose Syrup "Jigarthanda - A popular one from southern part of India"



Heavy cream - 2 cups (well chilled)
Whole milk - 1 cup (well chilled)
Sugar - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Gulkand - 5 tbsp
Rose syrup - 1 tbsp


1. In a bowl whisk milk and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in the heavy cream.
3. If you are using the ice cream maker pour the mixture into the freezer bowl through the ingredients spout. (Note: Refer to your manual for instructions pertaining to your ice cream maker)
4. When it starts to thicken, add the Gulkand and rose syrup.  Once they are well blended and thicken further, transfer them to the airtight box and freeze them for another 2 hrs for scooping.

Creamy and flavorful ice cream will be ready to scoop now.....

 What if you don't have an ice cream maker...

1. Follow the first 2 steps mentioned above.
2. Take a bowl full of ice cubes.
3. Keep the milk mixture inside the bowl filled with the ice cube.
4. Now whip it using electric egg beater until it is thicken.
5. When it starts to thicken, add the Gulkand and rose syrup.  Once they are well blended and thicken further, transfer them to the airtight box and freeze them for another 2 hrs for scooping. 

Enjoy Home made delicious ice cream!!!!

lata raja  – (April 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM)  

just very beautiful Pavithra! The gulkandh must render a lovely flavour and thefeel of the honey dipped petals in the mouth while the ice cream melts it's way must be worth anything!

Prema  – (April 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM)  

iniya puthandu nalvazhthukkal Pavi,Yummy and flavourful ice

Unknown  – (April 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM)  

This looks albsolutely delicious Pavi :)

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (April 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM)  

With gulkand this icecream must taste yum for sure. nice clicks with new lens

Shobana  – (April 12, 2012 at 9:40 AM)  

Absoulutely divine :) I am also thinking about pista pieces in the ice-cream! Yummmm...

Soma  – (April 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM)  

Yummmmmmmm! So pretty and summery and delicate.

Ambika  – (April 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM)  

Yum!!! Absolutely delicious!! I love gulkand and this ice cream looks perfect, such a pretty pink color Pavi :)

Parita  – (April 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM)  

Absolutely delicious! I so wanna buy an ice cream maker just to make this ice cream..adore gulkand!!

Priya Suresh  – (April 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM)  

Thanks for sharing this fabulous icecream Pavi, i brought a bag of gulkand from India, will try this soon..

Hamaree Rasoi  – (April 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM)  

Happy Vishu to you and your family. Ice cream looks simply awesome.


Lavanya  – (April 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM)  

Looks lovely. Perfect for summer. Happy Vishu :)

FewMinute Wonders  – (April 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM)  

Looks so beautiful. I love the green and pink combination in your photos. Rose petals ice cream looks delicious.

radha  – (April 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM)  

Pretty pink! Who does not like Gulkhand and as an icecream flavour it must be amazing.

Unknown  – (April 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM)  

wow congratulations very nice recipe..but would hv appreciated a pic too!:)

Pushpa  – (April 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM)  

Looks gorgeous,lovely scoops of ice cream.

Spicy-Aroma  – (April 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM) cream looks just superb..beautifully presented!!

My Kitchen Antics  – (April 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM)  

so pretty it looks..the pink colour looks too tempting

Kalyani  – (April 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM)  

wonderful and lovely clicks ... so tempting icecream ......

R  – (April 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM)  

what a nice recipe, the pink color is really gorgeous!

Suma Rowjee  – (April 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM)  

I love Gulkand and can eat it as dessert on its own! Ice cream with gulkand and rose syrup must taste delicious! Looks beautiful and really really inviting, bookmarked to try this summer!

Zareena  – (April 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM)  

mmmm.... amazing clicks and lovely and delicious looking icecream.

Nandita SS  – (April 13, 2012 at 1:20 AM)  

The ice cream looks wonderful Pavithra. I am bookmarking this recipe :)

Indian Khana  – (April 13, 2012 at 3:06 AM)  

Looks just yum ...such beautiful colour and tempting pics .love gulkand and icecream with it

Victoria Challancin  – (April 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM)  

Friends actually tease me about my extreme love of Rose Petal Jam, so of course this recipe looks just heavenly to me! Thank you so much.

Rahin  – (April 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM)  

beautiful post, I made this too, everybody loved it, yours looks very delicious

Poornima Nair  – (April 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM)  

Happy Vishu! Ice cream look gorgeous! Love the pink!

chef and her kitchen  – (April 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM)  

I love this flavor very much...looks so delicious wid amazing clicks.

Magic of Spice  – (April 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM)  

What a beautiful jam and ice cream! These flavors are so elegant and refreshing, really wonderful!

Archana  – (April 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM)  

Wow this is yum. Pictures are amazing

Revathi  – (April 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM)  

Superb Pavi... the other day I tried Gulkand with yogurt as lassi and was floored... I love this idea..
The pics are too good.. the lovely teal green contrast to the subtle pink is awesome...:)
The icecream has a gourmet look and feel to it..
Well done Pavi..

Anonymous –   – (April 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM)  

Yummy gulkand ice cream! Love the styling, so gorgeous :)

Kiran @

Divya A  – (March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM)  

Lovely clicks I love gulkand so much..Such a delectable ice-cream...

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