Rose Halwa

I’m attending an Iftar party tonight, all the way in Dallas, Texas. Yip, me, this Brisbane mum is heading to an Iftar in the US of A. How is this possible? It’s already after Iftar time and I’m right here snuggled under a blanket in the comfort of my house.

It’s virtual!

Great idea, isn’t it? Lail from With a Spin is throwing a Virtual Iftar Potluck and she generously invited me as well as other food bloggers into her virtual home for the night. Pop on over to her site to see what everyone is bringing.



Rose Halwa



I’m taking this, a rose flavoured… Falooda? Halwa? Panna cotta? Jelly? Phirni? Call it what you will, a rose by any other name would taste as sweet. See what I did there? Please tell me you get the Shakespeare | Romeo and Juliet reference.

This is a vegetarian soft jelly type dessert that was common at my nani’s (maternal grandmother’s) house at the time of Iftar. I’m not sure why it had pride an place during Iftar, but the cooling fragrant jelly was definitely a welcomed treat after a fast. You could have it for Iftar like we did at my nani’s or you could save it forΒ a post-Taraweeh snack (dessert).

Rose Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp agar agar powder
  • 1/2 cup rose syrup (rooh afza)
  • 1 cup cream
  • optional slivered almonds and saffron for serving

Instructions

Place your milk into a saucepan on a high heat. Add in your agar agar and rose syrup. Stir this constantly. When the milk mixture starts to bubble and agar agar is dissolved add in your cream. Bring the mixture to a full boil and turn off the heat. Pour your mixture through a strainer into a dish of your choosing and set aside to cool. Top with almonds and saffron and place in the fridge for a few hours until set.

http://modestmunchies.com/rose-halwa/


I can’t wait to see what all the other attendees are making. Such a pity I won’t be able to taste everything.

21 Comments on Rose Halwa

  1. Asmaa
    July 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm (4 years ago)

    As-Salaamu Alaykum,
    beautiful photography it sure must taste as good as it looks.
    Allah Barak Feeki

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    • modestmunchies
      July 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm (4 years ago)

      WaAlaikumus Salaam. Thank you for your kind words. Alhumdulillah I have a great camera, the more I use it the more I’m learning about how to get good shots πŸ™‚

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      • Asmaa
        July 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm (4 years ago)

        sister, do you use double or single cream in the recipe?

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        • modestmunchies
          July 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

          I’m not sure, we don’t use those names for cream here, but any cream would work, as long as it’s suitable for cooking. Hope that helps.

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          • Asmaa
            July 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm (4 years ago)

            It does thank you

  2. Lail | With A Spin
    July 13, 2014 at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

    As-Salaamu Alaykum Faaiza. Thank you for much for joining the iftar and coming over to all the way Dallas with this fabulous rose halwa. I also made a rose drink. What a co-incident. Great minds must think alike. Feel free to hop on over to meet the other guests and their fabulous spread.

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  3. Rafeeda
    July 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Assalamu alaikum… coming by from Lail’s party… such a beautiful looking halwa… glad to come over to your space… πŸ™‚

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    • modestmunchies
      July 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm (4 years ago)

      WaAlaikumus Salaam, glad you stopped by. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  4. Abby Laks
    July 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Simple and yet delicious as the combination of milk or cream and rose syrup can never go wrong. I love it and you know what in Malaysia we do have a similar beverage called “Air Bandung” using Rose syrup and evaporated milk. I have also made rose syrup jelly couple of time using milk and it smells and tastes divine πŸ™‚

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    • modestmunchies
      July 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you. I love Malaysia, has to be one of my favourite places to travel too πŸ™‚

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  5. Jehanne@thecookingdoctor
    July 14, 2014 at 7:35 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Faaiza, great to know your lovely space , all thanks to lail’s virtual potluck ! Now u have a new fan! Love the rose jelly, and now I’m going through all your gorgeous archives πŸ™‚

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    • modestmunchies
      July 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww, that’s great, thanks for stopping by.

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  6. maryambibi
    July 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

    slmz! I gave it a try and Yay! Super easy and yummy too!! This is right up my alley πŸ˜‰ I topped it with some unsweetened cream and strawberries! Definitely saving this recipe! slmz to all @home! lotsa love! Bibi

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    • modestmunchies
      July 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm (4 years ago)

      Wslm, I love getting feedback on my recipes. Thank’s for trying it out. I wanted to top mine, but just ran short on time, you know how it is, us mums πŸ˜‰ Salaams and love to everyone there too. Hugs!

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  7. Sumaira Zaheer
    July 15, 2014 at 2:59 am (4 years ago)

    What can be better? A simple-to-make dish with few ingredients, and an exotic taste…yes please! πŸ™‚

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    • modestmunchies
      July 16, 2014 at 9:46 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks πŸ™‚ you’re always so kind, jazakAllah πŸ™‚

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  8. Sandra Garth
    July 16, 2014 at 7:05 am (4 years ago)

    Got the reference and love the recipe. Beautiful photography!

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    • modestmunchies
      July 16, 2014 at 9:47 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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  9. Amira
    July 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Lovely recipe … I was wondering what is rose syrup? Is it the rose water?

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    • modestmunchies
      July 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm (4 years ago)

      JazakAllah. It’s a thick syrup made of sugar, water, pink colour and rose water. It’s also called rooh afza. I usually purchase it from an Indian grocery store. You could use rose water as a substitute and add in 1/4 cup of sugar and some pink colouring if you choose πŸ™‚

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