Rose water can be used in many ways, I use it in my homemade creams, toners, cleansers, etc. I also use it as a home remedy for skin and eye problems so it is best to have a bottle of rose water at home. Though we get rose water in the markets, it is just water mixed with essence.
We can easily make rose water at home without any preservatives or added colors. All we need are a handful of fresh roses. I always use paneer roses for making rose water at home. We get paneer roses in two colors – light pink color (the ones in the picture) and dark pink color.
I would prefer making it with dark pink color roses as it gives a nice dark color to the rose water. Because I couldn’t get pesticide free dark paneer roses, I have used the light pink ones. This rose water is very fragrant but please always use roses that are not sprayed with pesticides.
You can substitute the paneer roses with regular red roses too but the rose water will not have the fragrance that is unique to paneer roses. This rose water has multiple uses and it can even be used daily as a cleanser or you can use it to make homemade lotion to use everyday. To make rose water, wash the flowers and separate the petals. Boil water in a pan.
Once it comes to a boil, add all the petals and close the pan. Let the petals steep for at least 20 minutes. Now strain the water and boil it down to one cup. Reserve the petals. Once it has boiled down, switch off and add the reserved petals. Steep for the second time for another 20 minutes. Strain, cool and bottle your homemade rose water. Make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
Indian Rose Water Recipe Using Paneer Roses
1.First remove the petals from the flowers and keep it separately. Boil 2 cups of water in a pan. Once it comes to a rolling boil add the all the petals and switch off. Let it steep for 20 minutes with the lid closed.
2. After 20 minutes, strain the water in a pan and reserve the petals separately (we will need the petals later so don’t throw it away).
3. Now take the strained water in a pan and boil till it reduces to less than 1 cup.
4.Once the water has reached the desired consistency, switch off. Now add the reserved petals and again let it steep for another 20 minutes.
5.After 20 minutes, strain the water and discard the petals. Cool completely and pour it in a bottle and keep in the refrigerator.
- Don’t skip the steeping part as it really helps to get the essence of the petals completely.
- If you use the dark colored roses, you get a beautiful dark red colored rose water.
- Keep it tightly caped in the refrigerator and use it within a week.