Kulfi is a very popular and traditional ice cream dessert from India made with sweetened and flavored boiled milk, nuts and spices and is very easy to make. The Kulfi can have different flavors and flavored with pistachio, malai, mango, cardamom, apple, peanut, rose and saffron. Kulfi differs from western ice creams in that it is much sweeter in flavor and has a creamier texture, because it has no air inside, giving it a more dense and milky appearance.
It is usually served fresh alone or in combination with Falooda. Kulfi is also popular in Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and the Middle East. It began as a dessert that was served on special occasions such as weddings and other banquets, but now its consumption is widespread and it is common in the streets to see the positions of its sellers called kulfiwala.
They store their kulfis in clay pots called matka filled with salt and ice, where the molds of this ice cream remain frozen until they are served on a sheet, with a stick incorporated. Traditionally it is prepared by cooking milk until it evaporates at half the initial amount, which makes it a concentrate with a large proportion of fat, protein and lactose density.
Finally this semi-condensed mixture is poured into special molds and after a slow and non-aerated freezing, results in a creamy uncrystallized dairy dessert quite different from ice cream. After the milk has been reduced, spices and nuts are added to give it the final taste. The classic kulfis are also known by Kesar Kulfi, Pista Kulfi, Malai Kulfi or Mango Kulfi among others.
To this day the kulfi, thanks to Indian restaurants, has already reached North America and Europe where it has been installed with great acceptance due to its soft and creamy taste that almost everyone likes. Sometimes a simpler manufacturing process is carried out from condensed milk and evaporated milk, which causes a shortening of the cooking times, although the original kulfi needs a lot of time and pampering, to be tasted as it has been handcrafted in India.
If you want to try to make the homemade kulfi, here you have the recipe of a delicious kulfi that we have prepared.
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per serving: 205 calories per 100 gms
1 ltr milk
250 ml liquid cream
1 slice of bread
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp green cardamom
1 tbsp pistachios
1 tbsp almonds
1 tsp cornstarch
1 pinch saffron
Cut the bread in small pieces. Blend bread pieces, cornstarch, and half cup of milk, making smooth paste and set aside.
Boil remaining milk in a pan and bring to boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cook the milk, stirring constantly, until it has thickened and reduced to half. Add the bread mixture and cardamom powder to the milk in pan and cook for 5 minutes, reducing the heat to medium.
Add the sugar, cream, pistachios, almond and the saffron and stir well. Turn off the heat. Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl. Pour the mixture into Kulfi molds, distributing evenly. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and freeze until set for 8 hours.
To serve, remove the ice-cream from the molds by running a sharp knife around the edges of the pista kulfi. Slip each kulfi onto a dessert plate, cut across into slices, and serve.