Rose sharbat

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      30 min

Appears in
Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

‘Sharbat’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘sharbah’, meaning ‘a drink’, and is a syrup made from fruits or extracts of flowers and herbs. The syrup is diluted with water and served with ice. It is a very cooling beverage during the hot summers across India.


  • cups freshly picked rose petals; make sure they are unsprayed
  • 185 ml (6 fl oz/¾</


Crush the rose petals using a mortar and pestle, to release their fragrance. Place them in a large heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Pour the mixture into a non-reactive container and add the cardamom seeds. Set aside in the fridge to steep for 8 hours, or overnight.

Line a strainer with muslin (cheesecloth) and set it over a heatproof bowl. Pour the rose and cardamom