A Peachy Mango Milkshake And A Mango Coconut Kulfi (GF)
This is a recipe which started out as with a different end result in mind. I gathered all these ingredients planning to make a mango fudge when halfway through I realized that the fudge wasn’t going to materialize. So I froze the custardy mixture and to make it a kulfi. This recipe could qualify as a gelato as well but it had all the classic features of a kulfi (milk, sugar, cardamom and pistachios).
A kulfi is an Indian frozen dessert some what like an ice cream. Traditionally, kulfi is made with full fat milk, sweetened with a lot of sugar and boiled to reduce it to a thick creamy custard. It is then flavoured with cardamom, saffron and pistachios and frozen. The best kulfi is the one that comes in matkas (small earthenware pots) with no other flavour additions.
This kulfi has mango and the coconut milk in it lends a barely discernable flavour but gives the kulfi a very creamy taste and texture. And needless to say a lot of calories! I haven’t mastered the art of photographing frozen desserts and the temperatures here don’t help in this matter. So please don’t be driven away by this picture. This kulfi is absolutely delicious, especially on a hot summer day.
Sweetened condensed milk (I used Nestle Milkmaid)1 can (400g)
- For mango kulfi : Put the condensed milk, milk, mango puree and salt in a heavy bottomed pan. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes. Now turn down the heat and add the coconut milk and mix well till blended. Make sure the mixture does not boil as the coconut milk will split. Take the pan off the heat. Add the chopped pistachio and cardamom. Mix well again and allow to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin forming on the kulfi custard.
- Pour into kulfi or popsicle moulds and freeze. If you don’t have either, pour into a metal/ plastic container and freeze. Serve like ice cream.
- Kulfi becomes very hard when frozen like icecream. So you may have to keep it at room temperature to soften slightly before serving.
- Peachy Mango Milkshake : There's no real recipe here so you can pretty much wing it as you go along. Chill the mangoes and peaches till quite cold. Peel and chop the peaches and mango. Put all the ingredients into the blender/ liquidiser and blend into a smooth milkshake. Serve immediately. This would make 3 large or 4 small milkshakes. This is great with breakfast.