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Rooh Afza syrup recipe | Recipe of Gulab sharbat


Rooh Afza syrup recipe | Recipe of Gulab sharbat is used as a summer cooler in Indian subcontinent, which is in thick concentrated form, is sweet, rose scented, fragrant, smooth in texture syrup that is made using fruits, vegetables, herbs and roots.

In Arabic language”Rooh” means soul and “Afza” means to refresh—  Rooh Afza translates to refresher of soul.

According to Wikipedia, It is a Unani medicine and was developed to reduce body heat.

Similarly Golden milk/Haldi Wala doodh and Leftover onion peel tea is recommended during winter season to keep cough and cold at bay.

What is Rooh Afza syrup recipe| Recipe of Gulab sharbat

In a  concentrated form, originally Rooh Afza syrup recipe | Recipe of Gulab sharbat is made with extracts from herbs, flowers, vegetables, roots and fruits to keep your body cool in Summers.

To add flavor to sharbats, lemonade, ice creams, gola, falooda and milk, this syrup leads the pack. It’s generally consumed during summer months, specially in Ramadaan to cool down the body.

Homemade is always the best

Summers are coming to a peak and what’s better than a home made Rooh Afza syrup recipe|Recipe of Gulab sharbat  try this time.

Bid goodbye to market bought syrups, sharbats and squashes that are full of artificial colours and preservatives.

This summer make home made syrups, squashes and sharbats to enjoy with your family and friends.

What ingredients are required to make Rooh afza?

6 ingredients recipe of Rooh Afza syrup recipe | Recipe of Gulab sharbat is easy to make and it just requires 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

For this we need sugar syrup, and required flavours like cardamom powder, rose essence and some rose petals(optional).

Summers and Rooh afza

Summer coolers are my favorites and I have many recipes on my blog. Last summer I saw my friend Mr Shailender Sharma sharing this wonderful recipe on his blog.

And then it suddenly struck me that inspite of making Rooh Afza every year at home, I never thought to put this in my blog. So today finally, here I am sharing my style of making Rooh Afza at home.

If you are looking for few more Summer coolers, do check out the following recipes on the blog –

Sol kadhi with kokum sorbet

Flavoured kokum sharbat

Tadgola/palmfruit cooler

Curry leaves drink

Lemongrass herbal breezer

Ragi almond cooler


A very versatile Rooh Afza syrup recipe|Recipe of Gulab sharbat

I have made Season’s first homemade rooh afza that is very easy to make. I prefer to make this syrup fresh and in small batches.

Practically speaking to make original recipe of Rooh Afza at home is impossible as it calls for many herbs and flowers that are inaccessible to us. So here I have tried to make replica of original recipe, that doesn’t compromise on taste.

In conclusion the taste is same like market one but much cheaper than readymade syrup that is full of preservatives.

This can be used to make simple rooh afza, milk rose, lemonade or for making falooda.

This syrup has shelf life of almost for 6 months if you stay in the place that enjoys cold climate. Otherwise store this in fridge if you stay in the country that enjoys warm climate most of the time.


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Rooh Afza syrup recipe | Recipe of Gulab sharbat is used as a summer cooler in Indian subcontinent, which is in thick concentrated form, is sweet, rose scented, fragrant, smooth in texture syrup that is made using fruits, vegetables, herbs and roots.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 18 to 20 glasses
  • Sugar 1 kg
  • Water 4 cups
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Red roses (Organic or Desi variety) 4 to 5, optional
  • Cardamom powder a pinch
  • Red food colour 1+1/2 tsp less or more diluted in cold water
  • Rose essence(liquid) 4 drops
  1. In a pan add sugar and water. Bring it to boil. Stir continuously.
  2. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, sprinkle milk over it. The impurities in the sugar will start to float on top of it.
  3. Remove the scum that floats over water-sugar mixture.
  4. Keep boiling the water-sugar mixture on slow flame till sugar dissolves. Meanwhile add cleaned rose petals of organic or, of Desi variety roses with thin petals and cardamom powder
  5. The consistency of syrup should be of less than 1 string (1 tar), just like how we make sugar syrup for gulab Jamun.
  6. It will take around 20 minutes to reach desired consistency.
  7. If you choose to omit adding rose petals, please move on to next step of adding colour to sugar syrup directly.
  8. Thereafter add red food colour that is diluted in cold water. Then mix diluted colour drop by drop and keep stirring. Do not add all the colour at a time.
  9. Switch off the flame and let the syrup cool down.
  10. Mix rose essence into cooled syrup in the last. Sieve this syrup and transfer this syrup in air tight glass bottle.
1. While serving Rooh Afza, you may increase or decrease the amount of syrup, to suit your taste buds.

2. The use of roses in this recipe is completely optional. You may omit using it.


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Rooh Afza syrup recipe

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Honoured to see my name in your humble blog. The recipe is undoubtedly a blast and pictures are spectacular. Thanks for providing a wonderful share.

    1. Lata Lala

      Thank you for always inspiring Shailender.


    Wow, I never did realise that the huge bottle I brought can be made at home so easily. This time around I have not brought it as yet. So will try making it. Thanks.

    1. Lata Lala

      It’s so easy to make it home Archana. Thank you

  3. Pavani

    Never thought rooh afza can be made at home. Thank you for the detailed recipe will photos. I love using rose syrup in milk shakes and cupcakes 🙂 Will have to try your homemade version some time.

    1. Lata Lala

      I have been making rooh Afza since many years Pavani. This is so easy and economical as well and much better than store bough ones laces with preservatives.
      Thank you.

  4. Sandhya Nadkarni

    It is so nice to have a bottle of Rooh Afza handy in the summer and your home made one looks the best, Lata!

  5. Mayuri Patel

    Perfect home made rooh afza, so much better than store bought ones. Some add too much colour and some don’t add enough rose flavoring. I wish I had red colour at home, would have tried out this recipe immediately. We love to have it with milk as a cool summer drink.

    1. Lata Lala

      You are right Mayuri. Laced with preservatives readymade drinks are big no no.
      Thank you for writing in.

  6. sapana

    Making your own roohafjha sounds very interesting. As a kid I used to simply adore roohafjha in summer holidays.

    1. Lata Lala

      I guess we all loved Rooh afza in our hey days sapana. Thank you

  7. Your post reminds me of my childhood, roohafjah and summer go hand in hand. Love the fragrance of homemade rose syrup.

  8. Jayashree T.Rao

    It’s nice to have the recipe of roohafza here. This was one of the drinks we often had during childhood days along with rasna. This drink is apt for the season.

    1. Lata Lala

      You are right childhood, Rooh Afza and Rasna are beautiful memories. Thank you Jayashree.

  9. sasmita

    Homemade version is always best. I can imagine the flavor comes out from this homemade roohafza using rose petals and water

  10. Lathiya

    I love Rooh afza. Making it in our home is a great idea. The rooh afza syrup looks amazing.

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