Its New Year for Us

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Time surely have wings, or else how does it flies away? It seems like just yesterday, when I wished the readers of my blog, “A Happy New Year”,as per Sindhi calender.

And here we are again , celebrating Chetichand (The New year) today. And no we aren’t alone in our celebrations, because every year, Maharastrians join in for the Gudi padva,while Kannada and Telugu people celebrate the day as Ugadi

You can check out last year’s post on Behrana Saheb, and do join me this year to welcome our New Year with all the fun and frolic

Share with me how you celebrate this day, about the rituals you follow,about the food you cook or eat on this special day

I on my part will share this simple MILK ROSE, which is distributed as prasad on this day, along with some boiled chickpeas andΒ  turmeric added rice

For making milk rose, we need sherbet (actually sorbet….confused?? well read it here) or rose syrup. So first lets make that,Β  in case you do not have that bottle of Roohafza, handy.

Rose Sherbet
Easy rose sherbet recipe.This concentrate have a shelf life of more than 6 months
  • Sugar 1kg
  • Water 375 ml
  • Milk 1 tsp (or 2 tsp lemon juice )
  • Rose colour (Red colour in liquid form,approximately 1 tsp for each bottle)
  • Green cardamom 3-4
  • Rose Essence just few drops
  • Some rose petals (red rose, but cleaned thoroughly or else skip this)
  1. Clean rose petals and soak them in 1 cup of water for 12-20 hours.
  2. In a thick bottom pan or any other huge container, boil sugar along with water, elaichi, the rose petals along with water in which petals were soaked and add milk (or lemon juice).
  3. Addition of milk or lemon juice will bring the impurities of sugar on the surface as a scum
  4. Remove the impurities settled on the surface
  5. Let it boil,till it slightly thickens and change the colour(One thread consistency) if too dilute it will taste less sweet,and if too thick,the sugar will crystallize after refrigeration.
  6. Let it cool completely and then strain it
  7. Add 2-3 drops of essence and colour and store it in clean glass bottles
  8. Add few spoons of this syrup to ¾ glass of water, add some ice cubes to make simple sherbet
  9. For Milkrose, add 2-3 tsp of this syrup to ¾ glass of boiled but cooled milk, add sugar if needed, few ice cubes and serve chilled



In the above picture, from front to backwards its, Milkrose, strawberry flavored,pineapple flavored,and orange flavored sherbet.For all these, the basic procedure remains same,except that the colours and essence are used as per the flavor preferred.Also do note that in case you ought to wish to make Kaalakhata or orange flavor,do not use milk to remove impurities, use lemon juice and also some citric acid crystals (tatri) too for that tangy taste

Here I would like to thank Vk (my another BIL)who passed on these valuable tips to me and also helped me penning down exact measurements of ingredients

And also before any body shouts Plagiarism here,let me assure you that this picture is indeed inspired by Soma’s gorgeous Flor de jamaica beverage pictures,though mine is such a shoddy job done.I find it really hard to click liquids.So if any one can share some tips and tricks, kindly do share with me

This refreshing Pink beverage is going to FIC-Pink, a brainchild of Sunshinemom of Tongueticklers, hosted this month by Priya of Priya’s Easy N Tasty recipes. Hope this comes under the category of that Pink which you expected



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34 thoughts on “Its New Year for Us

  1. Hi Alka, this is a very informative n helpful site on sindhi cuisine.
    thanks a lot! for sharing all the recipes. i’ll definitely try some of them.

  2. Photograph is excellent! Yes, glasses and liquids are a difficult subject.

  3. beautiful click and thanks for the recipe…summer is on in a few months…these will be made πŸ™‚

  4. Happy new year Alka. Very colorful post. Viji

  5. Happy Chetichand! I’d forgotten it’s chetichand till mom called and wished us. I love the rose sherbet, this is the way my mom made it as well. A visit to your blog always reminds me of home Alka.

  6. KAVITA KALATI says:

    Happy Cheti Chand to you all

  7. I’ve been following your blog for ages now, but never got around to commenting.

    I love the second picture πŸ™‚ and I love your posts and comments too, on other blogs! πŸ˜€

  8. A very Happy New year to you and your family Alka! Love the colors of the sherbet and the pic looks lovely too! I wish I could grab one of the drinks now. A few sherbets that I had as a kid would leave behind a colored mouth/tongue and I actually enjoyed that πŸ˜€

  9. Happy New year Alka…nice clicks..they looks so pretty!

  10. Hi! Alka
    Happy cheti chand to U n all your flamily,Hpe u hve fantastic year ahead,n give us fantastic receipes ,pls be kind to give the recipe of thaihire{sweet Rice} and sesa channa n kanau prasad
    Best Wishes N God Bless

  11. Sindhi sada sahukar, har ghar mai hundi hik car,koi bhi nah huje khalibekar,harpariwar mai huje ekta va pyar.

    Jai jhulelal.

    Chetri chandra ju lakh lakh vadhayu.

  12. A Happy New Year to you!

  13. Happy New Year!

    And you are right. I find it hard to click liquids too, specially since the glass mists so quickly

  14. Happy New Year Alka…great clicks as usual !!

  15. Happy Chetichand, I love to add milk and soda and the syrup. Its so refreshing. Lovely Alka.

  16. Hey Alka wish u a very happy and pinky new year!!!!

  17. Oh, ya…forgot to say…love the pic..simply gorgeous

  18. happy new year to u and ur family….in this happy occassion, I have something for u in my blog, go check here

  19. Happy New Year. Gorgeous pics. Loved the first one esp.. Thanks for the syrup recipe.

  20. Happy New Year to you! Lovely colorful pictures!

  21. Happy new year Alka.. Tomorrow is our New Year(Ugadi Festival).. Love the picture of all flavoured drinks.

  22. Happy Chetichand Alka. We are celebrating Ugadi here and that is our New Year. I loved the picture. Never knew they gave this for prasad.

  23. Simply beautiful Happy new year (here it is Ugadi) to you.

  24. Drink is simply beautiful and simple to make but really suck to take picture! U ve done a great job i love the last click.
    Happy Ugadi / New Year!

  25. Happy New Year Alka! πŸ™‚
    Syrup made at home … wow! Pity Roohafza now. Colourful snaps.:-)

  26. Happy Ugadhi Alka! Nice clicks! πŸ™‚

  27. Wish u Happy New Year. Aayo lal jhulelal…..! I had many neighbours who were sindhi and i learnt many sindhi words from them. The picture looks superb……….Today our mata ke navratra is started too…

  28. U made this at home?! Can i trade my glasses with u? lovely colors & beautiful pictures.. u r nuts giving credit for nothing.. when u r the reason behind my photos.

  29. alka happy new year to u too ……..
    good job keep it up!

  30. Happy new year Alka .. we are celebrating Ugadi too

  31. Happy New Year! Alka. Ahh! Roohafza. The simple pleasures.

  32. Happy new year to you too Alka. We have Ugadi. Have fun there! πŸ™‚

    Beautiful picture, taking a drink photo is hardest for me. Good job.

  33. Hey Alka,
    Happy New Year to you too πŸ™‚
    Nice pictures…

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