Although pandanus trees grow almost everywhere in tropical Asia, kewra water is still mainly a Northern Indian flavouring that is not used anywhere else. In Western cooking, kewra water makes a fine alternative to the flower essences like rose or orange essence. It can be substituted with kewra essence, which is more concentrated.
It is used to flavor meats, drinks, and desserts in India, specially the northern part and Southeast Asia. The Khus Ka Sherbat uses kewra water. Sweets like Rasgullas, ras malai and many more bengali sweets can be dipped or soaked in kewra water to give it a floral flavor. Another application is in the highly aromatic rice dishes, specially of the Moghul cuisine.