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".
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.
Collect the fresh Rose petals
Weigh the Rose petals and weigh equal amount of sugar
Wash the rose petals in clean running water
Take a clean dry glass bottle with lid. You can either use a clean white cloth also instead of the lid
Add the Rose petals and sugar in layers in the bottle
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.
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.