May 7, 2009

Mango Kulfi (An Indian Ice-cream)


By now, you all must be heartily tired of my saying how hot it is here these days. After all, in most parts of the world where it is summer it must be hotter than it is in Goa. So I really should be feeling good about it, but all I'm looking forward to is the monsoon rains which will bring down the temperatures in about a month's time.

In the meanwhile, we try cooling ourselves down with chilled fruity and non-fruity drinks, milk shakes and ice-creams. In India, we have our own version of ice-cream called "Kulfi". Kulfi is made from sweetened and flavoured thickened milk and therefore much lighter than regular ice-cream.



Now that mangoes are here, a mango kulfi is one more way to have your mangoes, and that too as a frozen dessert. During my last trip to Mumbai, I also bought a set of kulfi moulds and this was the perfect time to inaugurate them.



Ingredients:


500ml milk (4.5% fat or less, but higher fat content makes a better kulfi)

300gm sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/2 cups puréed mango

1 tsp powdered cardamom

2 tbsp finely chopped pistachios

* I didn't add sugar as the condensed milk and mango purée were sweet enough. Add sugar if you feel you need your kulfi to be sweeter.



Method:


Dissolve the cornstarch in about 1/4 cup of milk. Keep aside.
Place the remaining milk, condensed milk and sugar (if you are adding some), in a heavy bottomed vessel and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the cornstarch-milk mixture and stir further till the milk is quite thick.

Take the thickened milk off the heat. Add the cardamom powder and chopped pistachio nuts and mix well. Allow the mixture to cool till warm. Now add the mango purée and whisk lightly till everything is well mixed.

Pour the mixture into kulfi (or popsicle) moulds and freeze. The kulfis should be frozen just hard enough to be firm but not too hard.

To unmould the kulfis, just rub each mould backwards and forwards between your palms to slightly warm it. Turn the mould upside down onto a plate and tap a couple of times. The kulfi should slide out. Serve immediately.

This recipe makes 8 kulfis.


I shall post the round-up to Tried and Tasted in a couple of days. Blogger has been being its usual self and giving me a lot of trouble with uploading the pictures and that is the reason for the delay. Please bear with me.


41 comments:

Arundathi said...

Looks delicious, Aparna. Quite perfect for this hot summer we're having!

jayasree said...

Kulfi looks perfect with a lovely color.

Nags said...

U make it sound so simple! I love kulfi but have only ever had the ones from the street and never mango kulfi!

Prathibha said...

lovely kulfi aparna..even i hv posted this recipe in my blog recently..

mona said...

Delectable click! Looks sooo good :-)

sra said...

Well, at least rains in a month for you, me, nothing of that sort! I'm on to summer till October!

Have never been keen on kulfi because it tastes more or less like payasam. However, in Calcutta, we had some Aam doi which I found really tasty even tho' it wasn't v different from other milk-mango sweets.

Indhu said...

yummy kulfi... summer or no summer... I want this kulfi :)

Pavithra said...

wow thats so lovely kulfi lookin great... feeling thirsty want it now

Parita said...

yummy kulfi...looks delicious :)

Lavi said...

Kulfi's Look's Yummy and Perefct!

Sharmila said...

I know what you are saying ... we found Goa hot in December too. :-)
The kulfi looks so soothing. :-)

Happy cook said...

Wish we had some real hot weahter here, but then i might also say t istoo hot :-)
Love the kulfi, i am so jealous that you ll are anjoyin the mango eason there.

Priya said...

U made it too simply, love anything with mango and kulfi looks tremendous!

Lien said...

Sounds delicious mango, cardamom and sweetened milk... I'm sold!
(That warm weather sounds very good too... it's still cold here and raining too)

Ben said...

hmmm nice! I love anything with mango in it, and it's even better when it's ice cream :)

Asha said...

Lovely dessert to have, looks divine!:)

Suparna said...

Hellllllllllllllllllllllllllo,
Hope u r doing good!lol englufed in heat!...yup that's how I too feel here in Chennai, here through out the year it's just hot/hotter/hottest :( can't think of anything else to describe the heat here. V get baked inside the house and fried outside the house...lol God! feel like sending Suryadev on a short break ;)

Hey Aparna, cute kulfi moulds. Those look creamy and rich..tempts me to bite into those cool..fi's :) Good one.
Enjoy!

Soma said...

This is a piece of heaven... I wish I could have some now.. I do a cheater's version:-)

Curry Leaf said...

Heavenly.Aparna.Great summer treat.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

mmm, very refreshing and a nice presentation... I havent tried cornstarch shall try it though...

Ashwini said...

Lovely kulifs..Ya great for this summer.

anudivya said...

Looks so creamy, I wish I had the kulfi mould... I remember those from the time I had them in India, the frosted cups taken fresh out of the fridge, tapped and unmoulded... on a hot summer day it was what I call bliss.

Alka said...

Can't ask anything more than this ,in this sultry summers of Mumbai.Do pass on some here,it will be really refreshing :-)

Ivy said...

It sounds delicious and easy to make.

Simran said...

Perfect for summer. Does Arife sell kulfi moulds too?

Vanamala said...

wow simple ...looks tempting

jayasri said...

hi, aparna, kulfi looks to lovely, I love kulfis, I must try these, even my children love it, its been quite sometime i have looked into ur blog, as i was on holiday......, u must have done lot of baking....which i would love to go through......

Lisa said...

Aparna, I love the idea of that ice cream! It looks so cool and refreshing, not to mention the presentation is lovely :)

Bharti said...

Yummy yummy!
I was just thinking of making kulfi today..I make my version in a blender.

Jude said...

I always make a point to grab a tiny container of this whenever I can. Bigger tubs scare me because I might eat it all in one sitting.

A_and_N said...

Ayyo I miss Kulfi. I never ate them when I was in India you know?

And mangoes, let's not get there ok?

And I will bake any day for you, Aparna :) I will send A across. He is my secret weapon ;) And we love love DBs. Its a dream for us. And - we love vegan/vegetarian DBs. We try hard to do the same failing each time :(

And I use too much and. I never stop no?

Jamie said...

Lovely Kulfi Aparna. I bet it tastes good on a hot day!

pigpigscorner said...

Using cornstarch..interesting. Lovely flavours!

Raaga said...

yours is richer... mine is a plain jane version... suited for the lazy me ;-)

it looks great.

Mine is:http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2008/07/mango-kulfi.html

Aparna said...

Thanks. After all ice-cream in any form is just as good. And better with mango!

Nags, the street variety of kulfi is usually plain, but absolutely delicious.

The more the merrier, Prathibha.:)

I know, Sra :(
Mango in ice-cream is as good as in yogurt where I'm concerned.

Sharmila, Goa was hotter than usual this last December.

You would, if you were here, HC. :)

Its good Lien. Warm weather is good, but its hot here. ;)

I'm with you there, Suparna.

How do you make your cheater's version, Soma? I'm interested.

Anudivya, nostalgia huh? :)
Maybe on your next trip home...

I would, Alka. Just wish you were closer. This wouldn't last the trip! :)

Yes, Simran. Arife sells them as you can see. :)

Welcome back, Jayasri. Yes, I have been baking a bit.

Blender version, Bharti? How do you do that?

Bigger portions are difficult to eat, Jude. Kulfis looks deceptive and can be quite rich. :)

No problems N. I enjoy listening to you.;)
And I shall wait in anticipation for that day when you shall bake for me. :D

Raaga, I liked your version too. Looks delish!

Bong Mom said...

You make it look simple. I will try this for sure

Dazy said...

Delicious looking and delicious tasting and quite simple to make! Kulfi is just too much in this blistering summer. These were pure delight and I'm sure to make them again.

Aparna said...

Do that, Sangeeta.

Dazy, that's good. Helps beat the heat for sure.

ARUNA said...

This looks so delicious and also easy to make.......will try ur recipe!

Divya said...

Tried the recipe...it was perfect!
thanks for sharing!

Aparna said...

Divya, am very happy to hear that.