Chai is one of the most popular beverages especially in India made up of milk, water, tea leaves/powder, and sugar. Gulkand is a kind of jam of rose petals. When chai is flavored with some gulkand it becomes gulkand chai. Gulkand has cooling properties and therefore I often make gulkand chai during summers. The rose flavor gives an interesting taste and twist to the regular chai. Gulkand is easily available at the Indian stores or can be purchased online too. It is not only used in different recipes but can also be consumed as it is. It is very commonly added to the beetle leaves which are consumed as a mouth freshener.
Gulkand/Rose Jam / Rose Preserve: The best thing is to use homemade rose jam/gulkand. But it is not possible for everyone to make it for example me ;). My grandmom makes it for me. I’ll soon share the recipe on the blog. Gulkand is easily available in the store as well as online. Use good quality of gulkand.
Other ingredients for chai: Well chai is a very personal thing. When I make tea for hubby and me, I strain his tea then add little sugar and some flavoring for mine. Basically, every person has his choice. Although I have given the ingredients for tea, you can adjust the same as per your liking. However, typical of the gulkand chai is that it has more milk and sweetness than the regular tea.
I am a chai person. And I love experimenting with my tea. There are many chai recipes on the blog ranging from the very popular masala chai to the not so common chai made using condensed milk. I plan to make a collection of chai recipes soon.
1.This recipe makes 2 cups of gulkand chai.
2.Simmer 1 & ½ cup water.
3.Add 2 tsp tea powder (chai patti). Simmer for 2 minutes.
4.Switch off the flame. Add in ¾ cup of hot milk.
5.Next goes in 2 tbsp rose preserve (gulkand).
6.Cover and leave for 3-4 minutes or more for a stronger chai.
7.Strain and serve hot. Bon appétit!
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME 10 minutes
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