October 18, 2011

Kesar Malai Pista Kulfi ~ Frozen Milk fudge with Saffron and Pistachio | Diwali special



Kulfi is something I eat very rarely. Somehow the sting of the harsh frozen dessert doesnt appeal to my tooth - I avoid ice creams also for the same reason. But mom and S to an extent like kulfi - in fact at a local restaurant in Mumbai, I saw kulfi served as roundels (frozen, demoulded and cut into 1/2 inch roundels).. I was sceptic at first, thinking the food would have been adulterated. And then as i popped a piece of it into my mouth, I realised that the reason was simple - cuttting it into roundels (just before serving) allows air to permeate around the frozen dessert making it more palatable. It was also a challenge coz I was making this for the first time, and wanted it to be perfect. I was paired with Deepali this Blog Hop, and noticed that she has an interesting array of dishes...


Adapated from Deepali's recipe , and with 5 very simple easy ingredients, I started on my journey to make my first kulfi.. 


Wikipedia tells me :  
Kulfi or Qulfi (Hindi-Urdu: क़ुल्फ़ी or قلفی) is a popular frozen milk-based dessert from the Indian Subcontinent. It is often described as "traditional Indian Subcontinent ice-cream".[1][2] It is popular throughout neighboring countries in South AsiaBurma (Myanmar), and even the Middle East. It has similarities to ice cream (as popularly understood) in appearance and taste, but is denser and creamier.[1][3]It comes in various flavours, including cream (malai), raspberryrosemangocardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar or zafran), and pistachio, the more traditional flavours, as well as newer variations like apple, orange, strawberry, peanut, and avocado. Unlike Western ice creams, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert similar to traditional custard based ice-cream. Thus, it is sometimes considered a distinct category of frozen dairy-based dessert.[3] Due to its density, kulfi takes a longer time to melt than Western ice-cream. 
Hope you would also make this at home and enjoy it.. The only modification I have made from the original recipe is to reduce the condensed milk by more than 3/4 (as I was trying it out for the first time) and also adding a few strands of saffron and some sugar :-) Now, off to the recipe, shall we ?

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Last 6 editions of Bloghop Wednesdays saw me dishing out: 


  1. Herby Cheese Pizza , with an Indian twist
  2. Sugarfree Dates n Almond Muffins , and its eggless too :-)
  3. Baked Samosa for Blog Hop Wednesdays
  4. Aama Vadai ~ Paruppu Vadai ~ Spiced lentil fritters ~ Dal Vada - a step by step recipe
  5. Sugarfree Fruit Ginger Mocktail
  6. Bharwa Bhindi (Jain Style) ~ Stuffed Lady's finger - a picto tutorial


Prep time : 35 mins. Chilling time : 12 hours or overnight. Makes : 3 medium sized cones.



Ingredients:

  • Cow milk - 1/2 litre (500 ml) 
  • Condensed milk - 2 TBSP
  • Sugar - 3 TBSP
  • Saffron - a few strands
  • Elaichi (Cardamom) - 1 no.
  • Pistachio - a handful

Method:
1) Boil milk on very low flame for 25 - 30 mins stirring continuously till it reduces to half and a light cream forms on top. You may use full cream milk for best results, but I am still watching my waistline. 
2) Meanwhile, soak saffron strands in warm milk.
3) Powder sugar and cardamom to a fine powder. Then add half the pistachios and pulse just once to get a chunky coarse powder.
4) When the milk is reduced, add the condensed milk. Stir for 2 mins. Now add powderred sugar + pistachio mixture, saffron strands (along with the soaked milk) into the milk and stir for 3 -4 more mins. 
5) Cool completely. 
6) Pour into Kulfi moulds. Freeze for 12 - 14 hours (I opted for freezing them overnight as the refrigerator is operated minimally then). 
7) Unscrew the Kulfi moulds and with a sharp knife, run it along the inside edges to free up the trapped air. 
8) Unmould and serve immediately. yummy Indian frozen dessert is ready to serve.



23 Foodie Comments:

Alpana on October 18, 2011 said...

I ma just drooling at the sight of this lip smacking kulfi.......beautiful

Kalyani's Platter on October 18, 2011 said...

looks tempting and wonderful clicks .......

Sumee on October 18, 2011 said...

Looks yuummmmmmyyy... I love kulfi, especially kesar pista one..

Priya on October 19, 2011 said...

Omg, kulfi looks extremely divine with all those pistas and rich..

Vidhya on October 19, 2011 said...

This looks so yummy and rich in flavors.

R on October 19, 2011 said...

one awesome looking kulfi u made there, luv the clicks.

Sravs on October 19, 2011 said...

wow looks so tempting !! I love kulfi !!

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MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. on October 19, 2011 said...

Lip-smackingly good dear Yumm Yumm Malai Kulfi.Luv it.

Rinku Naveen on October 19, 2011 said...

Yummy Kulfi. Never tried it before. Tempted to do it now.

pinksrecipediary on October 19, 2011 said...

Lovely clicks and so very tempting.

Vardhini on October 19, 2011 said...

Lovely .. so inviting and looks yummy Kalyani. Hope your kid is doing better.

Vardhini
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Santosh Bangar on October 19, 2011 said...

yummy loking gorgeous.

Deepali on October 19, 2011 said...

thanks for visiting my space... saffron is an ultimate addition to kulfis... :)

Radhika on October 19, 2011 said...

I love to have them while visiting the beach. The chill air and chill you feel in your tongue would be just heaven. Is your daughter OK now? The saffron has done wonders to the kulfi color.

Ammu's on October 20, 2011 said...

Yummy kulfi with beautiful clicks..

Seema on October 20, 2011 said...

Hi Kalyani, tempting kulfi...yummy..love your space..wonderful recipes...lovely clicks...Am your happy follower now..:) do stop by mine sometime..
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veena krishnakumar on October 20, 2011 said...

Drooling here!!!Kulfi looks so inviting. BOOMARKED!!!

Sanctified Spaces on October 20, 2011 said...

Absolutely yummy recipe.Happy Diwali to you and your family.

Priya Sreeram on October 20, 2011 said...

looks soooo good kalyani !

Vatsala. on October 20, 2011 said...

Droolworthy kulfi.

Harini on October 20, 2011 said...

mouth watering kulfis!!

Susan on October 26, 2011 said...

Decadent and alluring. Thank you for your sepia-touched BWW photo, Kalyani. I love kulfi, but am having a hard time finding the molds. My two local Indian grocers don't have them. :?

Archana on November 02, 2011 said...

lovely delicious and mouthwatering.
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