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.