Karonde ka achaar

Karonde are still in season. Try this instant Karonde ka achaar. Karonde are not only a rich source of iron but also vitamin C.
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We make these two ways. One is this instant karonde ka achaar and second is sweet chutney/lonji.

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These go really well with most of Indian food and recipes. Add these to your meals to increase nutritional value and taste of your food.
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How to make Karonde Ka Achaar

Preparation time: Less than 5 minutes
cooking time: 2-3 minutes + 3-4 minutes
250 grams Karonde
4-5 green chillies
2 tbsp mustard oil(or any other oil of your choice)

¼ tsp heeng/ asafetida
½ tsp Saunf/fennel seeds
¼ tsp haldi/ turmeric powder
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chillli powder
½ tsp Coriander powder

To make Karonde Ka Achaar
cut karonde
Wash Karonde properly. Cut them in half vertically and remove the seeds and stems.

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Boil karonde in 1 cup of water for 2-3 minutes. This step is optional. My kids do not like too sour Karonde so I boil these in very less water to reduce tartness. This also makes them soft.
Pass the mixture through a sieve to remove Karonde from water.
Note: Do not throw away this water add sugar to it and dilute it with water and you have a delicious healthy drink ready
add salt turmericadd chillies
Heat oil in a pan. Add heeng and saunf to it. When saunf starts to crackle add salt, turmeric powder and roughly chopped green chillies to it.

add karondeadd spices

After cooking for 1 minute add karonde. As Karonde are already boiled we do not have to cook them for long. Add spices and mix properly. Switch off the flame.
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You can enjoy these with roti, parantha, Poori etc. Add health to your daily food :-)
these can be stored in fridge for upto a week easily. Always keep these in glass jars/bowls.
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Rakhi Sweets Recipes

Here is a list of 7 Rakhi sweets recipes you can make this Rakhi. Most of these are really easy to make and you can enjoy homemade sweets on this auspicious festival rather than buying them from market.

Boondi Ladoo
what I can say about these yummy Ladoos. Just make them and Fill your rakhi day with extra sweetness.
boondi ladoo

Choco Mawa rolls
Really Really easy to make and loved by all. Ready in a jiffy if you do not want to spend lot of time in kitchen.

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Oreo Truffles

Another easy to make delicious to eat recipe. Your brother will love it for sure:-)
tasty Oreo Truffle

Nariyal Ladoo
Three ingredients. just put everything in a pan and let them cook to these yummy juicy ladoos.

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Mocha Biscuit Cake
So easy even your little girls can make these for their loving brothers with a little help from you of course.
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Besan Burfi
My all time Favorite. Love the taste and aroma of this traditional Barfi. your house will smell so good.
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Made with milk and sugar this is a healthy tasty sweet. Perfect for serving on Rakhi.


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Potato Stir Fry

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Potato stir fry is my kids new favorite dish. They love having this with roti, in wraps or even with rice. Whenever I am in a hurry to make something for kids then Potato stir fry and paneer stir fry are my top most choices.

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These make delicious wraps. You can add some homemade Mayonnaise to the wraps. Nothing can beat homemade wraps health wise or taste wise. My kids love wraps be it these Potato stir fry wrap, paneer wrap or Burritos.
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These are perfect for packing in lunch box too. Watch your kids finish roti after roti with this Potato stir fry.
I used to fry potatoes earlier. Now I either shallow fry them in little olive oil or roast them in tandoor/oven. You can use either method as per your choice.


How to make Potato Stir Fry

Preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 10-15 minutes
Serves 4

5 medium sized boiled potatoes
2 onions cut into slices
1 capsicum cut into thin slices
1 tomato cut into 8 pieces
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
olive oil

Salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp chaat masala
¼ tsp chhole masala(optional)

To make Potato Stir Fry

shallow fry potatoes
Peel potatoes and cut 8 pieces of a potato. You can also cut them into wedges if you like. Heat olive oil in a pan and shallow fry potatoes for 5 minutes. Keep on tossing and turning to ensure even browning on all sides.

fry onions
Remove potatoes when done and add onions to the oil. Stir fry for 2 minutes.

add capsicum
Add capsicum and stir fry for another minute.

add tomatoes

Add potatoes and tomato to the pan. Sprinkle salt and spices and give it a nice stir. Cover and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot with roti.
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Eggless Chocolate Muffins

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Eggless chocolate Muffins. My kids new love:-)

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There is something about Muffins that kids absolutely love. I have used the same recipe that I use for eggless chocolate cake. I baked a cake and some muffins. Verdict is out both my kids loved the muffins more than cake. Could be because they like having their own separate muffin rather than sharing a cake.
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When I asked my younger son how he liked it he said I give you 200 out of 10. Well what more could a mother ask for :-)
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The beautiful server is a gift from my sister. Isn’t it pretty? I just love it.
How to make Eggless Chocolate Muffins
preparation time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes at 180 C
Makes around 6 muffins
¾ cup plain flour/maida
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

¼ cup fresh cream/malai from milk
½ cup powdered sugar
6-7 drops vanilla essence
½ cup mlk


To make Eggless Chocolate Muffins

Preheat the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180C.

Sieve flour and baking powder. Add milk powder and cocoa to it.
In a separate bowl, mix sugar and cream till fluffy. Add vanilla essence to it.

Now add flour mixture to sugar and cream mixture gradually till all of it is used. Keep on mixing and folding in between. Add a little milk at a time to get the desired consistency.
Taste the batter and adjust sugar according to your taste. Beat well for some time. Mixture will be fluffy now.
pour batter

Immediately pour into the greased muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 C. You can use muffin liners/paper cups also. Easy to handle and kids love them.
fill muffin tray

Fill only 2/3rd cup so that there is room to rise.
level muffin tray

Tap the muffin try gently on the slab to level the batter.
I have baked for 20 minutes.
Check by inserting knife/toothpick whether the muffin is uniformly baked or not especially at center of the muffin. If it is not done then bake for another 5 minutes.

Leave the muffins in oven for some time
Take it out of oven and let the muffins cool for some time and then ENJOY :-)
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Potato Cheese Balls

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Potato cheese balls

Potato cheese balls made with potato, cottage cheese, cheese with capsicum and corn. Yummy, soft, cheesy with soft centre and hard cover. These are simply irresistible.

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Perfect for kids parties, snacks, appetizers, to serve your guests, breakfast and if it’s raining than any time is good enough time.

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When it rains like this then Potato Cheese Balls to banati hai. Right ;-)

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I have used boiled sweet corn and capsicum also in this recipe. I really love capsicums and try to add these to most of the dishes I cook. It adds a really nice flavor to recipes.


You can add or subtract the spices as per your wish. I have kept them towards lower side as I am making this for my kids.
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Generally coriander leaves are added to balls but I have added basil/tulsi leaves as my tulsi plant is blooming with tulsi and I really wanted to use them. I have really liked their flavor in balls. Tulsi is really good in rains and helps body in fighting against cold and cough common problems of rainy season.
This is also a great make ahead snack especially if you are entertaining guests. You can make the balls beforehand and fry them when you plan to eat them. If you are planning to eat them same day then you can keep them in fridge but if you do not plan to eat them same day keep them in deep freeze and just thaw them and fry them.

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How to make Potato Cheese Balls
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes
makes around 20 balls

200 grams boiled potatoes
150 grams cottage cheese/paneer
50 grams(2 cubes) cheese
1/8 cup boiled corn
½ capsicum chopped finely
1 tbsp green chillies chopped
1 tbsp ginger finely grated
15-20 basil/tulsi leaves chopped(you can use coriander leaves also)
salt to taste
¼ tsp red chilli powder


For batter
¼ cup of plain flour/maida

½ cup bread crumbs

Oil for deep frying
To make Potato Cheese Balls

Grate potatoes, cottage cheese and cheese. Add green chillies, tulsi leaves, ginger, corn and capsicum to the mixture.


Add salt and red chilli powder as per your taste.
make balls

Mix the mixture thoroughly and make balls of medium size.
dip in batter
make a thin batter with maida and water. Keep bread crumbs in a separate plate.
Now dip each ball in maida batter
roll in crumbs
and then roll in bread crumbs so that it is coated uniformly.
all balls
Repeat the same process with all the balls. Deep fry them in hot oil. Do not put lots of balls in hot oil at the same time. I generally fry two balls at a time.
fry balls
We just have to brown its surface on all the sides so do not fry these for long time.
fried balls
Drain on a paper and serve hot with green chutney or ketchup.
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Hara Bhara Kabab

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Hara Bhara Kabab is quite a popular snack nowadays among adults as well as kids. Made with lots of green vegetables these are generally a healthier option to other snacks which are served in parties and ceremonies. My kids also love to eat Hara Bhara Kabab though they know all the vegetables that have been added to these. I think that tells how delicious they are especially to mothers of fussy eaters ;-)

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we all know the benefits of spinach which is the star ingredient of these kababs. You can add a variety of green vegetables in these. I have added whatever I had in my fridge namely beans capsicum coriander leaves. In winters peas can be added to these as peas add a very nice taste to kebabs or cutlets.

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These can be shallow fried or grilled in oven. I have shallow fried the kababs. A perfect evening snack for kids or a perfect starter to serve guests or a more than perfect breakfast item. It is your choice how and when you want to have these.

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How to make Hara Bhara Kabab

Preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
makes around 8-10 depending on size


1 cup spinach leaves washed properly
¼ French beans chopped finely
¼ cup capsicum chopped finely
¼ cup coriander leaves chopped finely
2 green chillies
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 medium sized boiled potatoes
1 onion chopped finely
1 white bread corners removed

¼ tsp roasted cumin powder
¼ tsp chaat masala

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup maida
water to make a thick paste

Bread crumbs
oil to shallow fry
To make Hara Bhara Kabab

Boil water in a pan. Add a little salt. Switch off the flame and add spinach leaves to the water. Leave for 5 minutes. Drain the leaves to remove excess water.
Heat ½ tsp oil in a pan and sauté beans and capsicum for 2-3 minutes. Blend capsicum, beans, spinach leaves, coriander leaves and ginger in a blender to a coarse paste after cooling down.make mixture

In a wide bowl add mashed potatoes, onion, all the spices and the coarse spinach mixture and mix thoroughly. Soak bread slice in water for 1 minute, press and remove the excess water and mash it in the mixture. It helps in holding mixture together.


shape kababs

Make kababs of desired shape.

dip in maida solution

Make a thick paste of cornflour with water. Take bread crumbs in a separate plate.


roll in crumbs


Dip the kababs in the maida batter and roll in the bread crumbs so that they are coated uniformly.





shallow fry kababs


Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the kababs till light brown on both sides. Serve hot with ketchup.


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Mango Kulfi

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Mango Kulfi

After homemade Kulfi I am back with Mango kulfi. It is so hot these days that I do not think we can survive summers without these homemade kulfis( my husband’s and kid’s words).  Generally cream is added to Kulfi to give it a creamy flavour but by adding bread slices I do not have any need of adding cream to these Kulfis. That is why we can call these guilt free indulgence.

Mango Kulfi is my husband’s favourite Kulfi. I think he likes everything with mangoes in itJ though my kids still prefer regular homemade Kulfi. I think they like different flavors deliberately so that I keep on making different flavors of everything ;-)

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Mango kulfi recipe is same as that of regular homemade Kulfi. You can prepare it two ways.

1. After preparing kulfi you can add mango pulp and give it a boil.
2. You can wait for kulfi to come to room temperature then add mango puree.
I have tried both. First type gives a very well set soft Mango Kulfi and second type yields a very flavourful kulfi . My family prefers second type)

Mangoes are still in season. Give it a try and fall in love with Mango Kulfi :-)
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How to make Mango Kulfi

Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Makes around 8-10 kulfi


1 liter milk
2 white bread slices
¾ cup sugar ( if your mangoes are very sweet you can use ½ cup sugar)
1 ½ cup mango puree ( I got it from 2 mangoes)

2 tbsp slivered almond/pistachio


To make Mango Kulfi

Boil milk in a wide thick bottomed pan. Cut the corners of the bread slices and soak them in ½ cup warm milk from the pan.
After milk comes to boil turn the flame to low and let it cook till it reduces to 3/4th liter.
After 10-15 minutes blend the soaked bread slices in the blender with the milk to form a smooth paste. When milk reduces to ¾th liter add this mixture to the pan stirring continuously so that no lumps form. Stir for 3-4 minutes continuously.
When milk reduces to almost half add sugar and almonds and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add mango puree give it 1-2 boils and switch off the flame. This ensures there are no ice crystals in the kulfi on cooling. If you do not want to boil mango puree You can avoid this step also and add mango puree after the kulfi cools down. My hubby likes this way more as the Kulfi we get is very flavorful.
After Mango Kulfi cools down fill in the kulfi moulds and freeze for atleast 4-5 hours before serving.

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Homemade Kulfi

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Homemade kulfi is quite a popular dessert in Indian homes which is not surprising given the long hot summer season. Our moms have been making these for ages in kulfi moulds, Kulhads or even Ice cube trays (very easy to serve pieces).

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My mother also used to make amazing Kulfi though at that time I was not really very fond of Kulfi or Icecreams. Only Icecream I used to eat was Orange bar. Yes I know. My family also knows. It is no secret. I was weird ;-) That is another story. So Kulfi was made in every household and it was loved by all.

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This Homemade Kulfi recipe is by my dear friend and neighbor Nisha Chugh. Whenever she used to make this Kulfi she would keep some share for us. My hubby and son just loved it. She adds bread slices to the Kulfi which gives it a nice texture and body. It has been a huge hit with my family and I have been making it now for almost 2 years.
Somehow I do not mind giving that dessert to my kids which have milk as their main ingredient. And with summer holidays on kids are always hungry and they always want something cold so making Kulfi seems like the perfect choice.

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We can add fruits also to this Kulfi to get a fruity flavor. I have made this with mango puree and my husband just loved it. I will post the recipe soonJ
For now here is homemade Kulfi recipe for you.


How to make homemade kesar elaichi Kulfi
Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

Makes around 8-10 kulfi
1 liter milk
2 white bread slices
½ cup sugar
½ tsp elaichi/cardamom powder

Few strand of kesar

2 tbsp slivered almond/pistachio


To make homemade kesar elaichi Kulfi


Boil milk in a wide thick bottomed pan.

soak bread

Cut the corners of the bread slices and soak them in ½ cup warm milk from the pan.
After milk comes to boil turn the flame to low and let it cook till it reduces to 3/4th liter.

blend bread
After 10-15 minutes blend the soaked bread slices in the blender with the milk to form a smooth paste.

add bread

When milk reduces to ¾th liter add this mixture to the pan stirring continuously so that no lumps form. Stir for 3-4 minutes continuously.

add sugar
When milk reduces to almost half add sugar and almonds and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
add almonds

Switch off the flame and add kesar strand and Elaichi powder to the kulfi.
after it cools down fill in the kulfi moulds and freeze for atleast 4-5 hours before serving.

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Vegetable Momos

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Vegetable Momos
Momos are steamed buns (made with plain flour) with veg or non veg filling. These are quite easy to make, filled with vegetables and yummy…. They are also very light to eat.
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The first time I ate Vegetable Momos they did not appeal to me at all and I decided that I am not trying them again. But recently hubby and elder son have been to some party and they just fell in love with momos being served there. These Momos were so good that they skipped dinner and concentrated on Momos only.

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When they arrived home they were full of Momos tales and I said what a coincidence my friend was just telling me how she makes Momos at home. From that day (more like that second) my son has been asking me to make Momos. All this happened one month back and I did oblige him and make Vegetable Momos. For some reason I have not been able to post this recipe but better late than never.
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Hubby and son both were quite satisfied with the Momos made at home. It is not every day that you see your kids relishing something with cabbage, carrot and lots of vegetables in it. That too knowingly (I have sneaked these vegetables in their food many times without their knowing it).
As for me I was also quite satisfied with the Momos. Though I accidently dropped a lot of soy sauce in the Sauce its taste was also good.
So a big thanks to my friend Diksha chugh for this easy to make recipe which will be made quite frequently in our house in winters (as decided by my kids) when fresh cabbage and carrots are available.
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How to make Vegetable Momos

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking time: 40-45 minute
makes around 25 Momos


For dough:
2 cups Maida/ plain flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp oil

Water as needed

For stuffing:
1 cup grated Cabbage

½ cup grated carrots
¼ cup finely chopped Capsicum

¼ cup steamed French beans

½ cup steamed Corn
1 large onions finely chopped
4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 tsp oil

8-10 basil leaves roughly chopped

Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp vinegar
(You can add or subtract vegetables according to your taste and preference)


For sauce:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp chopped green chilies
¼ tsp chopped ginger
¼  tsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp corn flour
1 cup water
1 tsp soya sauce
2 tbsp tomato ketchup (you can use chili sauce also if you like)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vinegar

½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp red chili powder (optional if you are adding chili sauce no need to add)

Serve with
green chilies in vinegar
soya sauce



To make Vegetable Momos
dough for momos

Let’s first prepare the dough. Add salt and oil to maida/plain flour and make stiff dough. Leave it covered for 15-20 minutes.
vegetables for momos
Heat oil in a pan on high flame. Sauté onions and garlic. Add all the vegetables for filling and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and vinegar.

sauce for momos
You can also prepare the sauce in the meanwhile. Heat oil in a pan. Fry chilies, garlic and ginger for 1 minute. Add corn flour in water and add to the pan. Add rest of the ingredients and cook till the mixture becomes thick.

fill momos  wet corners
Take a small ball of dough and roll it as thin as you can with the help of a rolling pin. Wet the corners slightly.

add filling  fold momos

Place 1 tbsp filling in the centre. You can fold momos in different ways. You can either fold it like stuffed paranthas in a round shape or you can give it a crescent shape.
folded momos


Put in a steamer and steam for 10-12 minutes. If you do not have a steamer you can use an idli stand.

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I have steamed in a large pan filled 1/4th with water. I have placed momos on a greased slotted plate so that I can steam a large number of momos in one go.

Serve with prepared sauce, green chilies in vinegar and soya sauce
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Rose Popsicle

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Rose Popsicles

to beat the heat
to survive harsh summers
to keep kids happy in their summer vacations
to remember the taste of CHUSKI which hubby would not let me have anywhere
wow so many reasons to make a Popsicle. I am sure you all must have been convinced on the first line itself.


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Popsicles are so easy to make. Just make some fruit shake or juice and freeze it in Popsicle moulds and your popsicles are ready.

I have made Popsicles with orange juice (they tasted just like orange bar), mango shake, banana chocolate shake and these Rose Popsicles with Roohafzah sharbat.

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My kids love to drink Roohafzah sharbat. But with temperature reaching 50 C drinks have failed to provide much relief. So hubby gave this idea of making Roohafzah popsicle to make kids happy.
You can see how hot it is Rose Popsicles started melting even before I could click the snaps.

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How to make Rose Popsicle

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Ready to eat after 6-8 hours
made around 8 popsicles


2 cups water
4 tbsp Roohafzah or any other Rose syrup
2 tbsp sugar

4-5 mint leaves

Note: You can add lemon juice also to it if you like.

To make Rose Popsicle

Mix sugar and water. Add roohafzah sharbat and mix properly. Fill the Popsicle moulds with sharbat. Add some chopped mint leaves to it and keep in the freezer for 6-8 hours to freeze.
If you do have popsicle moulds you can either make them in kulfi moulds ( like I did) or disposable paper cups.
fill  cover with foil
Just fill the moulds/ cups with Roohafzah sharbat and cover it with foil. Freeze it for 2-3 hours.
add sticks

Make a slit in the foil and arrange stick in it. It should be partially frozen so that stick remains in its position. Freeze again for 4-5 hours.
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