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Friday, January 3, 2014

Pista Kulfi | Indian Frozen Dessert | How to Make Kulfi


Firstly let me wish my readers, fellow bloggers and everyone in the blogosphere a very happy and prosperous new year. I sincerely hope that all your wishes and endeavors bear fruit in this year. As far as I am concerned for hamareerasoi,  I would devote more time to include varied recipes with a prime focus upon the reader who wants to enjoy his/her meal with a smile on  face. If my recipe could be a reason for that smile, I would consider my blogging to be of some use. So, this is the 1st recipe of mine for the year 2014, and in India we start our new activity with a sweet. So I thought why not prepare kulfis ( a traditional Indian dessert) and enjoy it in this winter.

 Personally speaking, kulfis taste as good as in winter like they do in summer. For those who are not too familiar with this dessert, the main differing  point between an ice cream and kulfi is that unlike ice cream,  Kulfi is not churned like a traditional ice cream or stirred like a granite, it comes in many flavours and poured into molds (mostly conical) and it’s  a hit Indian dessert on hot days. 

The variations are mindblowing. I have mixed with cardamom and saffron to give it a fragrant hint of taste. So starting off the year with a somewhat different kind of dessert not tried out earlier.
Mango Popsicle and Plain Kulfi are some other Indian Desserts which you can find here.

Ingredients:
1 ltr. Full Cream Milk (separate 1/4 cup milk to soak saffron strands)
1/4 cup Khoya/ Mawa
1/2 can Condensed milk
1/3 cup Pistachios, ground coarsely half and remaining for later use
1/2 tsp Saffron strands
Pinch of freshly pounded Cardamom powder

Besides the above ingredients you need one heavy vessel, few kulfi molds

Method:

Soak the saffron strands in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan and stir continuously till it thickens. This would ideally take 10-12 minutes. Add saffron infused milk and stir well. Cook on a low flame,keep stirring continuously else it might stick to the bottom. Stir again thoroughly.

 Add the ground pistachios and keep stirring otherwise chances are high that the dense nuts will stick to the bottom and spoil the taste. And believe me the slightest scorching at the bottom will ruin the taste and smell of kulfis ! So don't leave it unattended.

Add khoya and simmer for 3-4 minutes allow it to dissolve fully and finally condensed milk. As soon as you add condensed milk the link will be thick but pourable. Kind of smooth liquid add cardamom powder and stir nicely. Remove from heat and add remaining chopped pistachios.

Once at room temperature pour mixture into kulfi molds. Freeze for 10-12 hours minimum or for best results keep it for overnight. To serve demold the kulfis and serve immediately.



Tips:

  • Stainless steel molds with lids are most suitable for kulfis then come plastic ones. If you don't have any of them then you can pour the ready mixture in any aluminium tiffin box container provided it has a lid.
  • Don't leave the milk attendant or else you may regret it later ;-) 

24 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures Deepasri! Pista Kulfi is our family favourite! Great post:)

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  2. A delicious start to the new year..looks very yum

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  3. Awesome post for a great start :) love all your clicks Deepa, I think the new baby (cam) is doing a beautiful job and so is the lady behind the lens ;-) wishing you a lovely year filled with more surprises.

    Hugs

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  4. The kulfi looks mind blowing. As usual, you have made special and complex dishes so simple with your instructions. And the pics are getting more glamorous, just like some one I know ;-)

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  5. Delicious looking kulfi,awesome presentation and you captured it very well...keep rocking.

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  6. Happy New Year Wishes to You Deepa ! lovely post and delicious looking pista kulfi...loved all your clicks, so neat n inviting!

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  7. Kulfi looks tempting, especially that melting one captured my heart <3

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  8. Happy New year Deepa.Tempting Kulfi.Love your beautiful pictures.

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  9. Happy new year Deepa! Loved the blog header & of course the kulfi too :)

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  10. Happy New Year... That looks delicious!

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  11. Happy New Year,Kulfi looks delicious and mouthwatering..

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  12. Delicious Kulfi and nice clicks..one of my favorite indian dessert.

    Happy new year!

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  13. Happy new year to you and your family Deepa. Kulfi and the photographs specially the B&W one is absolutely marvelous.
    Sukanya

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  14. Drooling here.. You are so tempting me with yummy looking kulfi's.

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  15. That's a droolicious pista kulfi....kulfi is my fav...

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  16. Amazing clicks the kulfi looks super delicious.Inviting you to send it to Flavours of the world~grande finale event at simply.food

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  17. I just log en love n love kulfi, nicely done.

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  18. Looks so tempting.. Love to have it.

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  19. Happy new year to you too. Your pictures are so tempting, absolutely drool worthy.

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