September 17, 2016

Imli ki Kulfi - a street food delight :)

Imli ki kulfi (or spiced tamarind Popsicles) conjures up vivid memories of street food, elbow-licking exercises to draw out the juices trickling down and a sharp contrast of flavours of heat-spice-tangy-sweet that comes from the base syrup. When I made this, I was kicking myself why it took so long to imitate Vaishali's recipe - down to earth easy and quick to put together and refreshingly different.

Yes we have all had the kala khatta, nimbu (lemon), naarangi(orange) flavoured golas (Popsicles) made out of crushed ice , but somehow eating that from a street vendor is something I don't relish - atleast in mumbai / bangalore where I live / grew up, the quality of the ice is quite suspect.

So like most street foods that we make and relish at home, we LOVED this ! The first time I made this, it just wouldn't set ! I even pinged Vaishali and as with me, she was also surprised that it's flavoured water - what's not to set & altho she was in a vacation she kindly gave me tips to set them in aluminium kulfi moulds. 

I told her I had already tried the second batch in another set of Popsicle moulds, and hoped it wud set this time.Believe it or not, we must have checked the freezer at least 6/8 times during those 12 hours and I put the phone down and checked after 1/2 hour and they were absolutely set ! 
{{Perhaps the kulfis are afraid of Princi mam (as Vaishali is affectionately referred to, in our group!)}}

We couldn't wait to savour the madly-awaited treat. Make one (or many sets) and you would know what am talking about ...

Adapted from Vaishali's recipe, I have given a few personal twists and it was lip smackingly delicious.

If you have missed any of the Street Food series this week, here's a quick recap:

Samusa Thouk
Ghugni Chaat
Sowcarpet Murukku Sandwich 
Khakhra Channa Bhel
Chilly Cheese Sandwich

Prep time -10 mins ; freezing time - 8-10 hours, makes -6 Popsicles / kulfis

  • Thick Homemade tamarind chaat chutney (made with dates, jaggery, tamarind , salt and spices) - 3/4 cup
  • Ground Mint paste - 1/2 tsp or use a big pinch of dried mint powder (was my husband's idea to add dried mint powder and it tasted yummy!!!)
  • Ground saunf (fennel) powder - a pinch
  • Chaat masala - 1 tsp
  • Roasted jeera / cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Black salt - 1/2 TBSP
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cold water - 6 cups
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

  1. Mix all ingredients well, adjust spices to taste, add ice cold water, bring to pourable consistency and freeze in individual Popsicle moulds for 8-13 hours or till frozen
  2. Once done, run under running tap water with the mould on for 5-10 seconds
  3. De mould and serve immediately.

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  1. That is a nice tangy spicy kulfi. Even I have bookmarked it from Vaishali's space, but yet to try..

  2. Thanks dear for trying it..and if time permits we shall have it in Delhi..I like the addition of mint and sauf to it..must have tasted real gpood.

  3. Haha, off course, kulfis had to be frightened by Princi mam!! :) Addition of mint sounds good and must haev tasted great! I remember these form Vaishali's blog.

  4. Yea this kulfi rocks, even i tried it from Vaishali's space for BM and i still remember the taste of this kulfi, beautiful pick Kalyani.

  5. These sound like some spicy and strongly flavorful kulfis.

  6. Interesting kulfi there. Myl ittle one will probably love this. She is all for tangy stuff.

  7. omg yummylicious lipsmacking flavor.. I want to grab one for slurping

  8. Omg...the name itself activated my salivary glands and they are crying because of over exertion without any gains :)

    1. Ritu ! Thanks :))) lol ! That must be the funniest comment I have got in all these years of blogging :))

  9. LOL at Ritu's comment.Come to think of it its true.
    These kulfis are yum. Will wait for the girls to become alright then try. On second thought will make them now only. Will get to at least eat them!!

  10. Wow what a tongue tickling kulfi with imli. I just made a batch of sweet chutney and this is probably the best dish to make with it now.

  11. These kulfis look so delicious! I could devour them all :)

  12. These are the kulfis that I was craving after seeing them on Vaishali's space. I will remember to call Princi Madam if mine doesn't set :)

  13. lol at Ritu's comment..but surely its true..I have been wanting to make them ever since Vaishali posted it..very good one..I enjoyed your street food week!

  14. These look gorgeous! How did I miss them all my life? *rushes off to find imli right away*

  15. I have had bookmarked them from Vaishali's blog. Looks too sinful.

  16. yummy , we will love this , it is like panipuri frozen on a stick

  17. I m just smacking my lips kalyani! oh that looks so yumm, i have some readymade chutney, would love to try this with that!!!


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