5 Indian Rose Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Indulge in romance with Indian rose desserts, transforming tradition into sweet delights, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

this delectable treat is guaranteed to captivate your loved one's heart

Embrace the essence of romance with a touch of tradition this Valentine’s Day as we delve into the enchanting world of Indian Rose Desserts.

If you are staying in during the romantic occasion, there are some delicious recipes to enjoy.

In a celebration of love and sweetness, this article explores the delightful and aromatic creations inspired by the subtle and fragrant allure of roses.

From velvety halwa to exotic barfi, discover how the infusion of rose flavours transforms classic Indian desserts into unique and unforgettable treats, adding a romantic twist to your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Here are five simple recipes to make for the special occasion.

Mango & Rose Malai Pots

Indian Rose Desserts for Valentine's Day - pots

These delightful malai pots are ideal for your Valentine’s Day festivities.

Infused with the sweet essence of mango and the romantic aroma of rose water, this delectable treat is guaranteed to captivate your loved one’s heart and create a memorable experience on this special occasion.

The vibrant flavours and exquisite presentation make them a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day celebration, elevating the joy and creating a delightful culinary moment for you and your partner.


  • 100g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g ginger nut biscuits, roughly broken
  • 850g mango pulp
  • 10g powdered vege-gel
  • 6 green cardamoms, seeds only
  • 450ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • chopped or crushed pistachios, to serve (optional)
  • dried or fresh rose petals, to serve (optional)


  1. Combine the crushed biscuits with melted butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  2. Press two tablespoons of the buttery crumbs firmly into the base of each bowl and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until set.
  3. Once set, remove the bowls from the fridge.
  4. In a pan, dissolve vege-gel powder in 300ml of cold water and heat the mixture, whisking until it’s nearly boiling.
  5. Whisk in mango pulp and pour the mixture evenly into each bowl. Return the bowls to the fridge for at least three hours, or preferably overnight.
  6. When ready to serve, crush cardamom seeds into a fine powder.
  7. Whisk the powdered cardamom with rose water and icing sugar into whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  8. Use a piping bag or spoon to ice the tops of the pots, ensuring clean edges with damp kitchen paper.
  9. Finish by topping the pots with pistachios and, if desired, sprinkle dried rose petals or place them on a bed of fresh rose petals.

Rose Coconut Barfi

Indian Rose Desserts for Valentine's Day - barfi

For a romantic occasion like Valentine’s Day, Rose Coconut Barfi makes for a great dessert.

The inclusion of rose in the coconut barfi adds a delicate and romantic floral note to the dessert.

Coconut adds an exotic texture and the combination of these two ingredients creates a luxurious and indulgent flavour profile.


  • 2 cups fresh scrapped coconut
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp rose syrup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • A few drops of pink food colouring
  • Edible silver leaf (to garnish)
  • Chopped almonds and pistachios (to garnish)


  1. To begin, heat two tablespoons of ghee in a non-stick pan. Add scraped coconut and sauté for five minutes.
  2. Pour in the milk and sauté for an additional minute. Introduce condensed milk, sugar, rose syrup and pink food colouring. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the mixture begins to stick together.
  3. Grease an aluminium tray using one teaspoon of ghee. Spread the mixture evenly in the tray and allow it to set.
  4. Once it reaches a lukewarm temperature, apply silver leaf and sprinkle chopped almonds and pistachios.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool completely, then cut it into wedges. Transfer the wedges onto a serving plate and serve.

This recipe was inspired by Your Food Fantasy.


Indian Rose Desserts for Valentine's Day - falooda

A combination of a drink and a dessert, Falooda provides a fitting end to a romantic home-cooked meal.

This bright pink coloured drink has subtle flavours of rose and is sometimes even garnished with rose petals.

The cooling ice cream prevents the rose flavour from becoming too overpowering. It results in a nice balance of flavours.


  • 250ml chilled milk
  • 6 tbsp rose syrup
  • 50g rice vermicelli
  • 2 Ice cream scoops (strawberry is preferred but you can use any)
  • 30g chia seeds
  • 1 tsp almonds and pistachios, crushed
  • ½ cup crushed ice


  1. Soak the chia seeds in water for 40 minutes.
  2. Cook the vermicelli in two cups of water for three minutes. Once done, drain and leave it in cold water.
  3. Add three tablespoons of rose syrup to the milk and stir well. Set aside in the fridge to chill.
  4. To assemble, add the ice to a glass and then add three tablespoons of the soaked chia seeds.
  5. Next, add half of the cooked rice vermicelli to the glass and drizzle some syrup over it.
  6. Pour in the rose milk and gently stir to ensure everything is well-mixed.
  7. Serve two scoops of ice cream over the glass and garnish with the crushed almonds and pistachios. Serve immediately.

This recipe was adapted from My Tasty Curry.

Rose Ladoo

If you are looking to make a simple Indian dessert for Valentine’s Day, then Rose Ladoo is an option to go for.

This recipe uses just a handful of ingredients and does not require any cooking, meaning you can spend more time with your loved one.


  • 1 cup paneer
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp rose syrup
  • 2 cups milk powder
  • 1½ tbsp milk
  • Pink food colouring

For the Gulkand filling

  • 1½ tbsp gulkand
  • ½ tbsp almond slivers
  • ½ tbsp pistachio slivers


  1. Crumble paneer in a bowl until it reaches a breadcrumb-like consistency. Ensure the paneer has a moist and grainy texture when rubbed between the fingers, avoiding stickiness.
  2. Combine the crumbled paneer with condensed milk and rose syrup in a bowl.
  3. Add milk powder and mix until the mixture becomes crumbly. Add two tablespoons of milk, incorporating it until well mixed.
  4. Transfer this mixture to a food processor. If needed, add another tablespoon of milk and pulse until it forms a soft, non-sticky dough when pressed between the fingers. Allow the mixture to rest in a bowl for 15 minutes.
  5. For a smooth, crack-free texture of ladoos, knead the cooled dough.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine gulkand and assorted nuts for the filling. Grease your hands with ghee and shape the dough into ladoos.
  7. Flatten a ladoo, place the filling in the centre, bring the edges together and fold the dough to form a ladoo. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture, ensuring they are covered at all times to prevent drying out.
  8. Enjoy the delightful and flavorful treat whenever you desire.

This recipe was inspired by Ruchi’s Kitchen.

Rose Halwa

Rose Halwa is a sweet and aromatic dessert that incorporates the essence of rose flavouring, giving it a distinctive and romantic twist.

It is often made using ingredients like semolina, ghee, sugar, milk and rose syrup.

With a bright pink colour, it is a delicious dessert to make on Valentine’s Day.


  • 1 cup semolina
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • A few drops of red food colouring
  • 2 tbsp rose syrup
  • 7 Pistachios, sliced (to garnish)


  1. Warm ghee in a kadhai. Add the semolina and roast it over medium heat until it achieves a light golden colour.
  2. At the same time, warm the milk in a saucepan. Add sugar, rose syrup, and food colouring, stirring to completely dissolve the ingredients. Turn off the heat as the milk comes to a boil.
  3. Combine the milk mixture with the roasted sooji, ensuring thorough mixing to prevent any lumps from forming.
  4. Cook until all the moisture evaporates, and the mixture begins to leave ghee on all sides.
  5. Garnish with pistachios for an added touch of flavour and visual appeal.

This recipe was inspired by Cook Pad.

As we conclude our exploration into the realm of Indian rose desserts, we find ourselves immersed in a symphony of flavours that beautifully intertwine tradition and romance.

The delicate infusion of rose essence in these desserts not only titillates the taste buds but also adds a poetic touch to the celebration of love.

As you embark on your Valentine’s Day festivities, consider the aromatic allure of Indian rose desserts to elevate the romance.

Let the fragrant blooms of tradition and the sweet melodies of love converge on your plate, creating a sensory journey that mirrors the depth and richness of your relationships.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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