Rooh Afza

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Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza logo
InventorNaqi Ali Shah

Rooh Afza (Urdu: روح افزا‎; Hindi: रूह अफ़ज़ा; Bengali: রূহ আফজা) is a concentrated squash. It was formulated in 1906 in Ghaziabad, India by Naqi Ali Shah,[1][2] and launched from Old Delhi, India. Currently, Rooh Afza is manufactured by the companies founded by him and his sons, Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories, India, Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan and Hamdard (WAQF) Laboratories, Bangladesh. Since 1948, the company has been manufacturing the product in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Other companies formulate the same un-patented recipe in these countries as well. The specific Unani recipe of Rooh Afza combines several ingredients popularly believed to be cooling agents, such as rose, which is used as a remedy for loo (the hot summer winds of Northern India and Pakistan and Bangladesh). The drink is commonly associated with the month of Ramadan, in which it is usually consumed during iftar. It is sold commercially as a syrup to flavor sherbets, cold milk drinks, ices, and cold desserts such as the popular falooda.[3] The name Rooh Afza is sometimes translated as "refresher of the soul".[4] It is said that this name was made up by the original formulator of the drink, with possible cultural influences.[5]


Indian actress Juhi Chawla at the 2009 promotion launch of Rooh Afza.
A bottle of Rooh Afza.
A sharbat drink made from Rooh Afza syrup.

Rooh Afza was founded by Hamdard's founder Haqim Hafiz Abdul Majeed. Following the partition of India in 1947, while the elder son stayed, the younger son migrated to Pakistan and started a separate Hamdard from two rooms in Karachi.[4][6]

In 2010, chef Nita Mehta was hired for promotional activities by Hamdard Laboratories to create new mocktail and dessert recipes for Rooh Afza, their all-season summer drink, which was used in a new marketing campaign.[7]


Its original formulation included:[8]



  • 1 glass cold water or milk
  • 2 tablespoons Rooh Afza
  • 2 ice cubes


Rooh Afza syrup is generally served mixed with cold milk and ice; the closest Western equivalent is strawberry milk.[9] Rooh Afza is often prepared as part of Iftar (the evening meal for breaking the fast or roza), during Ramadan[10] (the holy month of fasting for Muslims). The concentrate can also be mixed with water, which is a common preparation in the hot Pakistani summer. When mixed with water, the final drink is a type of sharbat. Rooh Afza syrup is often mixed with Kulfi ice cream and vermicelli to make a similar version of the popular Iranian dessert Faloodeh.

Suit and fine[edit]

On the complaint of false information, misleading advertisements and publication of false information on the web site, safe food inspector Kamrul Hassan filed a case against Mayfair on May 30, 2018, against Hamdard. In the case, he mentions that the information published in the advertisement with 'Rooh Afza made with 35 fruit juice' is not correct. [11] On June 12 of the same year, Pure food court judge AFM Maruf Chowdhury fined him four lakhs taka for publishing misleading advertisements. If unable to pay the fine, then the Hamdard chairman and managing director for three months' imprisonment. [12]


  1. ^ [1][2] Introduction-history Hamdard Rooh Afza
  2. ^ "How Hamdard's Ruby-Hued Refresher Became an Indian Summer Staple". The Better India. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  3. ^ H. Panda (2004), Handbook on Ayurvedic Medicines with Formulae, Processes and Their Uses, National Institute of Industrial Research, ISBN 81-86623-63-9, ... When we keep in mind the many qualities Rooh Afza's ingredients described above, it is easy to understand why it has been found to be an exceptionally appropriate summer drink ...
  4. ^ a b "Rooh Afza, the syrup that sweetens the subcontinent's summers". The National (Abu Dhabi). April 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Rooh Afza History English". Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  6. ^ "1907 Rooh Afza: Lal salaam". Mint. August 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Hamdard gives century-old Rooh Afza a facelift". Hindustan Times. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  8. ^ Rooh Afzalː The unique composition of Rooh Afza
  9. ^ Monica Bhide (June 3, 2009). "Spicing Up The American Diet". NPR. Retrieved August 12, 2012..
  10. ^ Roohafza reigns supreme in Pakistan during Ramzan
  11. ^ "The case against Ruh Afza". Jago News. May 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "'Ruh Afza' fined four lakh taka". Bangla Tribune. May 31, 2018.

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