Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gulkand, or Gulqand, is a sweet preserve

Gulkand, or Gulqand, is a sweet preserve
of rose petals from Pakistan and North India. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu whereas qand means sweet in Arabic.
How to make it....
Rose petals being prepared for gulkand
Place the rose petals and sugar,honey in layers in a wide-mouthed airtight glass jar. Place this jar in sunlight for 6 hours per day for around 3 to 4 weeks. On alternate days, the contents of the jar should be stirred with a wooden stick. The jar should be kept indoors once done.
Gulqand is an Ayurvedic tonic. Gulqand is commonly used as an ingredient of Paan, a popular dessert and digestive of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Gulkand has been traditionally used as a cooling tonic.
Gulkand is a kind of jam which is prepared from the petals of roses. It is also chewed with betel leaves. Gulkand is very rich in calcium and has antioxidants.
Benefits of eating Gulkand
1. It reduces hyper-acidity.
2. It strengthen the digestive system.
3. It also helps strengthen teeth and gums.
4. It helps to reduce stress, it has a calming effect on the nervous system.
5. It also controls blood pressure.

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