Rose Water Recipes

From ice cream and Turkish delights to floral flavored cakes and puddings, find dozens of recipes made with rose water.

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Springtime Citrus Cooler

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A springtime and summer favorite in our house, this citrus flavored drink refreshes nicely and serves as a great alternative to tea or water at a brunch.


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Light and delicate choux pastry puffs filled with fresh cream and covered with warm chocolate ganache sauce are so easy to make, but everyone will think you are a master pastry chef!

Peach Curd

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This is a variation on lemon curd, but made with peaches. We love it with scones or spread on toast or pound cake.

Apricot Almond Pilaf

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A sumptuous but easy Persian-inspired dish. Rosewater can be found in Middle Eastern groceries and in many large supermarkets. The carrot, saffron, and apricots make for a beautiful gold color. Add a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom along with the saffron, if desired.

Colorful Tomato Salad with Rose Water Dressing

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This is a fresh salad my husband and I eat a lot during the warm summer days. Garnish with peanuts or pine nuts.

Rose Ice Cream

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Go on, indulge yourself with this exotic combination of rose and saffron. Serve this ice cream for dessert to your guests next time you host a party and wow them! Cashews and almonds also go well with this ice cream.

Moroccan Peach Roasted Chicken

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A true crowd pleaser, this sweet chicken is very juicy and goes very well with white rice. I have modified it from an original Djedjad recipe which calls for apricots.

Rice Pudding with Rose Water

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My mother passed me this recipe. It is a rice pudding recipe that is special because it reminds me of childhood. Rosewater is wonderful in many desserts, especially in this recipe for rice pudding. This recipe is special to me because of the rosewater. It adds a flavor that takes you to another part of the world where you imagine yourself walking through a souk. Serve chilled.


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A favorite Palestinian dessert! Crunchy shredded phyllo dough is baked with a layer of creamy sweet cheese and then drenched in rosewater syrup. It's simple yet impressive. The cheese filling is traditionally made from Nabulsi cheese that is desalted. The ricotta-mozzarella mix is a great substitute, and lower-fat products can be used. If you have access to a Middle Eastern grocery, you can probably find kanafa dye, which turns the dough into the orange or reddish color that is the signature of kanafa.

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

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This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!

Fereni Starch Pudding

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A delightful pudding that can be eaten hot or cold, during Ramadan, particularly on sohur or iftar. Adjust both the sugar and the rosewater to taste.

Gulab Jamun

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This is a traditional Indian dessert. Spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup. Delicious with fresh cream, Kulfi, ice cream etc. To make it even more fancy, sprinkle gold-leaf on top of each serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

Yazdi Cakes

"A recipe passed to me from my great-grandmother, these cakes are light and not too sweet. The cardamom and rosewater give it a distinctive Persian flavor." – shahrzad


Crunchy shredded phyllo dough is layered with a creamy sweet cheese filling and soaked with rose water syrup for this Middle Eastern treat.

Ras Malai

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Ras Malai is cheese dumplings in cream sauce. This is a popular Indian dessert and takes a long time to prepare the traditional way. I came up with some shortcuts and ended up with this recipe which tastes exactly the same as traditional Ras Malai.