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Rose Halwa

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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).

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Rose Halwa


  • 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


  • 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.

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

By on July 12th, 2014

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21 thoughts on “Rose Halwa”

  1. 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.

  2. 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™‚

  3. 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

    • 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!

    • 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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