Burfi Roses with Nectarous Gulkand Centers !

Makes 10 big or 12 medium roses

Gulkand burfi roses
Burfi Roses with Nectarous centers

The Diwali festivities are in full swing today! Today is the second day of Diwali when all the snacks and sweets especially made for Diwali are first offered to God and then enjoyed together at the family ‘faral’ meal. My daughter and I enjoy drawing the rangoli decorations. Our son and daughter are excited to bring their friends home for Diwali this year.

Every year I make nine or ten different sweets and snacks in what I call a faral making marathon. Half way through, as I reached in the refrigerator to get some shredded coconut, I noticed that I had some condensed milk left over. I was thinking of making some ricotta cheese burfi…. but that would mean running to the store to get it. So why not use the condensed milk instead?….But with what? And then I saw the really authentic and flavorful gulkand I had at home ….and I took a detour in my marathon to try something new, making up the recipe as I went along! Yes my dear friends, I do realize that I would never finish a real marathon if I got distracted like that 🙂

Gulkand is a sweet preserve of rose petals which is delicious and according to Ayurveda, very cooling to the body. So I decided to make rose flavored burfi. The sweet, fragrant and delicious gulkand is a nice surprise when you bite into these burfi roses. My husband loved the idea and the burfi roses with the surprise centers….so I may win the marathon after all with a great gift for Paadwa, the 4th day of Diwali, when husbands present their wives with a gift:)…Well I can dream, can’t I?

Burfi, by the way, is like fudge and it comes in a plethora of flavors and tastes. Many of the recipes do require a lot of time and patience.

But this one took just 3 minutes in the microwave !

Ingredients-

  • 1/2 cup condensed milk. I used Carnation condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (heaped) milk powder. I used Carnation milk powder.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 drops of rose essence
  • red and green food colors
  • 6 teaspoons of store bought gulkand
  • butter to grease your fingertips

To make the Gulkand Burfi Roses-

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the condensed milk, milk powder and butter. Microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Stir well, microwave for 1 minute more.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Remove from microwave. Add the rose essence, stir well and divide into  1/3 and 2/3 parts. Add in 2 drops of red food coloring to the 2/3 part and 2 drops of the green food coloring to the 1/3 part. Mix, using a spatula. Let it cool.
    Red and green burfi
    Red and green burfi parts

    5. Grease your fingertips with a little butter. Make a center petal with the pink colored mixture, add 1/2 teaspoon of gulkand to it. Make more petals round it to make the rose.

    Rose petals
    Rose petals
  5. Add the green for the stem and leaves.
  6. Alternately, you can add the gulkand to the mixtures, roll it between plastic wrap. Remove plastic wrap and roll into a log.
  7. Refrigerating the roses and the log for about 10 to 15 minutes seems to ‘set’ them. Cut the burfi log after refrigerating.

    Rose burfi rolls in upper left corner
    Rose burfi rolls in upper left corner
  8. Enjoy these captivating  Burfi Roses with the fragrance of the rose essence and the  nectarous gulkand centers!

I am sending my Diwali party to Fiesta Friday #38 ! Thank you Angie at The Novice Gardner, Hilda at Along the Grapevine  and  Chefjulianna at Foodie on Board  for graciously hosting this fiesta! And thank you for letting me bring my Diwali party to the fiesta!

Love,

Sandhya

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. Hilda says:

    Good for you for allowing yourself to be distracted and so creative. Your guests will be delighted.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Hilda! It is fun to try something new, right? Your quince paste with cheddar cheese sounds absolutely yummy. what a perfect combination!
      Hope that you are having a great week!
      Love,
      Sandhya

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  2. Very creative dish! Love the rose bud decoration! Xoxo~ Lena

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Wishing you all the best with People magazine.

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  3. menakarun says:

    Wwooowwwww…very pretty…Happy Diwali!!!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Menaka! Happy Diwali to you too!

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  4. Medha Ganmukhi says:

    Keval sundar!!!

    Medha

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Medha!

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  5. mira65 says:

    They look beautiful! Must be yummy.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Mira! We liked them a lot because my husband and I like rose essence and gulkand very much.
      Love,
      Sandhya

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      1. mira65 says:

        Happy Diwali!

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  6. Loretta says:

    How absolutely stunning!!! These diwali sweets are driving me crazy!!! I want to reach out and grab all of it 🙂 Happy Diwali!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Loretta! Wish you were close by to come sample them.
      Happy Diwali to you too!
      Love,
      Sandhya

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  7. So lovely! Happy Diwali and have a nice celebration!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Indah! Wishing you a great weekend!
      Love,
      Sandhya

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      1. My pleasure Sandhya..and you too! xx

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  8. Mitzie Mee says:

    Beautiful. And they’re edible too:) Happy Diwali (or how do you say?) 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Mitzee! Yes Happy Diwali is how we wish each other.
      Have a great weekend!
      Love,
      Sandhya

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  9. So creative and beautiful – totally loved this 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Deepa. Hope you had a great Diwali. I have overeaten so much of the festive food!
      Sanmdhya

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  10. skd says:

    These are so pretty. I am bookmarking this recipe. can’t wait to try it asap 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you like them as much as we did!
      Love,
      Sandhya

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  11. Sandhya says:

    Reblogged this on Indfused and commented:

    Dear Friends,
    Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day with these Burfi Roses!
    Reblogging my earlier post for a Valentine’s day bouquet of yummy roses.
    With tons of love,
    Sandhya

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  12. Utterly beautiful Sandhya! Love the pretty roses and the gulkand centre is a genius idea 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much, Naina! Love your marzipan and white chocolate love cakes too! They look amazing and I bet taste even yummier!
      Happy valentine’s Day to you!

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  13. Loretta says:

    Wishing you a very Happy V-Day too Sandhya. I hope you guys are “trying” to thaw out. You’ve certainly hit the news big time with all that snow. Spring will be here soon. 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Loretta,
      Thank you so much for your V-day wishes. I don’t know where we are going to put all that snow! I flew out to India in the middle of the snow storm as my father was in critical condition. he is doing a little better now but is very frail.
      Hope you are enjoying warm Florida! Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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      1. Loretta says:

        Oh no Sandhya… this is your second trip in just a few months? It can’t be easy on you or your family. I pray that your father is resting comfortably. It is really very hard when one lives so far away. We got back from Fla a few days ago, but now making the long drive to Toronto to see ma in law(10 hours), and I hear there is a huge blizzard brewing, it won’t be pleasant driving conditions. She’s been moved to Hospice Care, so we are going there to clear out her place at the Assisted Living Retirement Home where she was at for the past 7 years. It will be tough, another era has gone by for her. I wish you well, and I hope things get easier for you.

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Thank you so much Loretta for your words of comfort. My father is in stable condition but so very frail. Yes it is very difficult when we are so far away and we worry and miss them so much. have a safe trip to Toronto. It must be so hard for you to see your mother in law go through this and also to clear out her things.
        I wish you well too. Take care and be safe. I hear that we had another foot of snow in Boston. Not sure where we are going to keep all that snow:(

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  14. seenakoshy says:

    Really good to see those beautiful burfi roses..

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much!

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