Rose water: drink it, eat it, wear it

It’s good for desserts…and acne!

​“Fragrance is very important in our culture,” says Kashif Tufial, the co-owner of the Chai Shai bistro — which serves Pakistani fare — in Brookside. “We don’t just celebrate the sensual qualities of flowers in wreaths and garlands, but in our cuisine as well.”

The essence of rose, for example, in the form of rose water, is used in beverages and desserts at Chai Shai. And rose water, a culinary staple in Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern dishes, is beginning to waft into American kitchens, as in this light, summery rose-water sorbet.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink