Rose Petals and Yoghurt with Fruits

Yoghurt and roses. A wonderful marriage.

Thick Thick yoghurt with rose petals and fruit

Yoghurt forms the basis of so many great dishes, savoury and sweet. Dried rose buds which can be purchased at Asian and Middle Eastern groceries, have a natural affinity to yoghurt, sweetening and perfuming it. This recipe brings the two of them together.

We have a wealth of yoghurt recipes, from drinks to curries to salad dressings, desserts, dips, toppings and more. Browse through them here. Dessert recipes are here. Or find inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here.

Rosebud Tea

The base of this dish is thick yoghurt.  If you are not keen to drain your own yoghurt there are a couple of alternatives. Buy a thick Greek yoghurt – it is not the same but it will be fine. Also if you are lucky enough to have an Indian grocer near you, they will have Indian yoghurt which is also thicker than normal.

You can get rose petals from a number of places. If you grow fragrant roses and they have do not have pesticides on them, you can use red rose petals cut into small pieces. Use a scissors. Asian/Chinese shops have small rose buds that you can make tea from.

But the best method I use is to purchase dried, crumbled rose petals from a Middle Eastern/ Persian shop. They use them specifically for flavouring yoghurt and milk.

Failing all of that, use a little rosewater.

Thick Thick yoghurt with rose petals and fruit

Thick Thick Yoghurt with Rose Petals and Fruit

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep time: 10 mins if thick thick yoghurt is on hand
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 people, depending how you use it

Thick thick yoghurt (see above)
Rose petals (see above)
Fruit –  e.g. passionfruit, peach and nectarine.
1 – 2 tspn castor sugar (optional)
non-salted pistachios, for serving

Chop the fruit into small cubes.

Mix the sugar through the yoghurt, ensuring it dissolves into the yoghurt. The amount will depend on the sourness of the yoghurt, but you don’t want it to be too sweet.

Mix the rose petals with the yoghurt and then mix the fruit through. Set aside in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the rose perfume and flavour to infuse the yoghurt.

Serve in the most beautiful bowl that you have. Top with some crumbled pistachio nuts. Eat it as though it is a precious thing. It is.


Thick Thick yoghurt with rose petals and fruit

some ways of using yoghurt



20 thoughts on “Rose Petals and Yoghurt with Fruits”

  1. How very exotic and unusual. I’d probably make it just for the visual pleasure, I don’t like the taste of rose petals.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I have done a rose petal yogurt mousse from the roses in my garden. I have to do this before the winter sets in my yard.

  3. “Feel thankful that we live in such a wonderful world. Enjoy!”

    Thank you for being one of those people who make the world wonderful. The food presentation are awesome and the last image is very gorgeous.

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