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Friday, 20 March 2009

Cool Kulfi!

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Recently, I've been on a kulfi bender, much to my husband's delight. He loves the taste and texture of the frozen Indian ice cream,
and a little bit of what you fancy does you good, right?
Kulfi is easy to make, and an added bonus is the fact that you don't need to use an ice cream maker.

This great recipe has been adapted from the fabulous food blog Passionate About Baking, written by my good friend Deeba. You know how it is when you just 'click' with someone? Well we've both got loads in common and I'm not just talking about food, although that is always a good place to start! One of the things I particularly love about her blog is the way she puts her photographs together, even adding little notes to them, and don't get me started on her food styling. That girl knows how to use colour!

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Kulfi with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries

Adapted from Passionate About Baking

1 litre whole milk (full fat milk)
6-8 whole green cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
3-5 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you want it
¼ cup pistachios, chopped finely, plus a handful for garnishing
¼ cup dried sweetened cranberries, plus a handful for garnishing

Put the milk and sugar into a large, heavy bottom saucepan & boil until reduced to a third - making sure you stir it frequently. The mixture should be thick & creamy.

Add the crushed cardamom and chopped pistachios and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the dried cranberries. Turn the mixture into a bowl to cool.

When the mixture is cold, spoon it straight into little moulds. If you do have an ice cream machine, use it to churn the kulfi. Keep an eye on it and just before it gets to the 'too frozen to pour' stage, spoon the kulfi into the moulds. Cover the moulds tightly with foil and freeze overnight.

Turn out onto serving plates and garnish with the reserved pistachios and cranberries.

Note: I don't have kulfi moulds, I just used an all purpose silicone mould instead. You can use any kind of mould, even Popsicle moulds.

(Printable Recipe)

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32 comments:

Elyse said...

I've never tried Kulfi, but after reading this post, I really want to! It looks delicious, and I love that you don't have to use an ice cream maker to make it!! Mmm, can't wait to try this one!

Sophie said...

I ladore Kulfi!!! I love your lovely version!! Yum Yum :)!!!!

Happy cook said...

I totally agree about Deeba, i love visiting her blog, the desserts are just great there and her pictures are so so fabulous.
Kulfi looks really yumm.
Love the way you improvised by using the mould like this one as you don't have a kulfi mould.

Lisa said...

So pretty! The side of your kulfi looks like ice candles. I love the texture, even though the kulfi itself sounds so smooth. You do make me want to try this. I don't love the taste of milk but I do like cardamon and I always love to try something new.

Jan said...

Now your kulfi is looking good - But then again, everything you make looks good!

bee said...

that is gorgeous. here's a very very quick kulfi. in the indian store you'll get canned sweetened mango pulp (preferably alphonso mango pulp). use 1 part sweetened mango pulp (it's already sweetened) and one part heavy cream. mix and freeze. that's it. you can try it with any fruit puree.

Nicisme said...

Elyse - you must give it a go!

Sophie - thank you!

Hi Happy Cook, thanks so much. Aren't Deeba's desserts fab?

Lisa - it doesn't really taste that 'milky' to me, just sort of creamy smoothy, lol!

Thanks Jan!

Bee - I'm going to look out for the mango pulp next time I go to the Indian shop, sounds so easy and delish!! Thank you!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I've been wanting to try kulfi for a long time, but it is impossible to find here. This looks like a great recipe, and not difficult. It also looks very creamy and delicious! Well done!

☾ Ash ♡ said...

MMMMMMmmmmmmmm! When I lived in Queens, NY I used to get these from the street vendors all the time. I've never tried to make them myself. My son is going to be So happy :D

Holler said...

Wow, that looks so good! I will have to try this, you have made it seem very straight forward, with beautiful results :)

Passionate About Baking said...

High five Nic...you seem to work magic into everything! Love the dried cranberries & pistachio combination. Now can see what the 'naughty' bender was all about...LOL!!Dig your silicon moulds...how cool are they! BTW, you've embarassed me bigtime...what more can I say! Oh yes, have a good weekend
:0)

Ricardo said...

Very Nice indeed and has an amazing presentation. :D xxx

cathy said...

i've never had kulfi before... hmmm! I think it is time to hit up the indian grocery store! it looks delicious and perfect for summer!

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Grace said...

sadly, i've never even heard of kulfi--how can that be! it's a stunning treat, and i think combining pistachios and cranberries is brilliant. where's the hot weather when you want it? :)

C said...

Wow, that looks amazing. I've never tried Kulfi, but it may be time to dig out the ice-cream machine again! I love the idea of an ice-cream made with just milk rather than a custard base.

Love the photography, as always!

Kevin said...

Those look really good. I like combining pistachios and dried cranberries.

Vanille said...

I can't say no to Kulfi ! That looks so good...

bbaking said...

This sounds and looks delicous! I have never heard of Kulfi before, I like the idea that an ice cream machine is not needed too!

Parker said...

Never heard of Kulfi before, but it looks great. I love that i do not need and icecream maker to make it.

Margaret said...

I've never tried Kulfi but you have certainly sold the idea to me. They look wonderful.

Katie said...

These sound wonderful Nic. I love kulfi but never attempted to make it myself. Love the photos too

Patricia said...

Yum, this looks really good and simple to boot. I REALLY like the idea of reducing the milk and sugar down to thick and creamy....it's only 11:30 pm maybe I should go and make it now!!! Thanks, Patricia

Sam said...

I'm just about to start making ice cream again now it's finally getting warmer! I really like the flavours you've put into this, it sounds really good.

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Nachiketa said...

WOW!!!!you make Kulfi look really nice....

Deeba mentioned you while i was at her place. Thanks for stopping by at my blog and the kind comments.

Have been reading your blog for a bit and also had you on 'My Blog List'. Love your blog's mast head.

Check out Zebra Cake for the Rajpals
Lunch at Deeba's
Cups of Magic ~ Vanilla Cupcakes @ Deeba's

Bellini Valli said...

This is amazing and clourful too Nic:D

Venus ~ Vi said...

I am mad crazy about anything Indian! I love the way you served it! Yum!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Kulfi rocks if made properly - as yours most evidently is! Those rock hard deep frozen things that bad Indian restaurants often have on offer should be banned.

Perhaps you should sell them yours?

Nicisme said...

Thanks so much everyone! I hope some of you try making this delightful ice cream, it's really good.

Cynthia said...

This seems simple and easy enough to make and your pics as always, makes it looks yummy!

Jeanne said...

I've only ever had kulfi in Indian restaurants & never made my own - but I do love it and I ADORE your/Deeba's version! Love the idea of using popsicle moulds :)