rose water
Last Updated : May 06,2024

What is rose water, gulab jal? glossary | benefits | uses | recipes |
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Gulab jal

What is rose water, gulab jal?

Indian rose essence is extracted from small, deep red roses grown specifically for their inimitable fragrance, which is then diluted to make rose water also called as gulab jal. Additionally, rose water is the leftover liquid or hydrosol remaining when rose petals and water are distilled together for the purpose of making rose oil.

How to select rose water, gulab jal

It is readily available at any chemist or food market in varying content. Buy as required, do not buy in bulk as the fragrance may get reduce with time.

Culinary Uses of rose water, gulab jal in Indian Cooking

" Less familiar to most westerners is rose water's use as an ingredient in food. In the Middle East and Asia, meat can be cooked and infused with it. There are recorded recipes dating back to the 8th century.
" Rose water also provides the primary flavor for many sweet treats. A teaspoon may be added to mango lassi or marzipan.
" Rose water flavors not only many foods of the Middle East, but also holds sacred importance in religious ceremonies of both the Muslim and Hindu religions.
" Rose water is certainly almost universally enjoyed, with its sweet and deep aroma, and delightful and unusual taste.
" Substitute rose water for vanilla when making pound cake, sponge cake, or shortbread cookies.
" Use candied rose petals to decorate a cake iced with dark chocolate frosting.
" Add a splash of rose water to apple pie filling, custard sauce, or honey cake.

How to store rose water, gulab jal

It is best kept in refrigerator till expiry date.

Benefits of rose water, gulab jal

Rosewater is known as an astringent and toning properties in beauty treatments. It is thought to reduce redness by soothing enlarged capillaries just below the skin's surface. It cleanses and refreshes dry, sensitive skin safely and gently. More recently it has been introduced as a skin toner, and many people also enjoy its use in varied applications of aromatherapy in the form of face packs and lotions. Its essential oils are said to relax you and reduce stress. However some people are known to be allergic to rose water. So it is advisable to consult your doctor before using it. 

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