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 !


  • 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!




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    1. 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!

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  1. 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,


    1. 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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  2. 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. 🙂


    1. 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. 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.


      2. 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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