Rose Petal Preserve and Banana Shake
In my perfect world, children would eat anything and everything the mom makes at home. No whining, no fussing over foods, no hatred for vegetables or fruits and always an appetite for good food. How nicer can it be, right?
Only, for me, it happens in my day dreams!
This is where I did not get lucky, where that castle in the air comes crumbling down and my day dreams crash into harsh reality. Whatever I’ve done, somehow my little girl’s and my intentions are at logger heads with each other when it comes to eating, especially when spelled as FRUITS..
She does not cry for anything, except when I ask her to eat, u guessed it – fruits!
Recently, after a hand blender came as an addition to my kitchen gadgets, in yet another plan to sneak in fruits into her diet, I started churning out smoothies and milk shakes. And, the first fruit of choice for milk shakes was none other than the humble yet mighty Banana.
I would still want her to relish her fruits the right way, but until then…
Rose – a name for beauty, fragrance and color all put in one wonderful nature’s package. Hats off to that someone who thought of immortalizing its deliciousness in a jar!
Gulkhand [Gul - flower; Gulab - Rose in Hindi; khand - sweet] is rose petals preserved in sugar and honey. A health tonic as per Ayurveda, it can be easily made at home if you have access to organic roses non-sprayed by pesticides or other chemicals.
I love relishing Gulkhand just as is, by the spoonful. Ever since I paired it with bananas and milk for my little girl, I’ve become a guzzler of this soothing drink myself!
A few everyday uses of Gulkhand:
Add a spoon to breakfast oats for a special breakfast treat.
Mix it with greek yogurt for a snack with a twist
Include in fruit salads to add a romantic nuance
Replace jaggery with Gulkhand in Rasayana
If you have the habit of unwinding with a warm glass of milk before hitting bed, stir in a spoon of Gulkhand for a relaxing drink. Just don’t make it too hot.
Spread it on whole wheat toast along with Peanut butter or almond butter instead of the same old PBJ sandwich
Of course, because it is sweetened, eating in moderation is always the key.
Owing to its incredibly delicious taste and Gulkhand’s cooling and revitalizing properties, it makes for an excellent summer drink.
Gulkand Banana Shake goes to #IndianFoodPalooza, an event Prerna of Indian Simmer, Kathy Gori of The Colors of Indian Cooking and Barbara of The Creative Culinary are hosting this month to celebrate Indian food.
How do you like to enjoy your dose of Gulkhand?
Gulkhand Banana Shake Recipe
Things you’ll need:
1 ripe banana
1 tsp Gulkhand or Rose Petal jam
1 cup Milk Almond Milk / Coconut Milk / any Non Dairy Milk or a half-half mix of your choice
1 or 2 drops of rose water ~ optional
crushed pistachios or almonds for garnish ~ optional
How it’s done:
Blend everything together. Serve chilled garnished with crushed pistachios or almonds
- Alter the milk/non dairy milk ratio to suit your taste as well as the desired thickness
- Gulkhand has enough sweetness, so no other sweetener is essentially needed
- I bought my Gulkhand from the local BAPS store. It can also be found in middle-eastern or persian food stores.
Read more about benefits of adding Gulkhand to your diet here
Gulkand Ice Cream by IndianSimmer is an interesting take on ice cream with Gulkhand stirred in.