Homemade Kulfi Recipe to Beat the Heat

Passed down from the Mughal kitchens, kulfi is a great dessert on a stick. It’s creamy, sweet and oh so delicious. So instead of focusing on modern ice cream, we decided to go the traditional route and take a swing at making some delicious kulfi at home to beat the heat:

Ingredients: (This recipe serves 5)

  • Full fat milk 1.25 litres
  • Powdered Sugar 1/3 cup heaped
  • Cardamom 4, powdered
  • Pistachios or Almonds 8, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Saffron few strands, soaked in a tbsp of warm milk for 10 minutes


  1. Heat milk in a wide bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Allow the milk simmer on medium flame till it reaches half its original quantity. Keep stirring in between.

  2. Add powdered sugar, cardamom powder and roughly chopped nuts. Mix well and keep simmering on medium flame, stirring till it further reduces to almost one-third of its original quantity. It will have a rabdi consistency and like a very thick milk.

  3. Turn off flame and allow to cool.

  4. Once cool, place the mixture in the fridge for 2 hours. (This helps reduce the formation of ice crystals during freezing process).

  5. Place the empty kulfi molds in the freezer to chill.

  6. Next, remove the mixture from the fridge and whisk it well and place the mixture in the freezer. After an hour, take it out and whisk it well or keep mixing with a whisk/ladle to agitate it. Again place it back in the freezer.

  7. Remove it after 2 hours and again repeat the whisking process. At this stage, pour the whisked mixture into chilled kulfi molds and close the lids.

  8. Place the kulfi molds in the deep freezer and allow to set overnight or at least 8 hours.

  9. Once the kulfi sets, place the kulfi mold in lukewarm water for a few secs to help it unmould easily.

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  10. Insert ice cream stick or skewer in the kulfi and serve. You can garnish with more nuts if you want. 

Tips & Tricks:

  • Full fat milk is essential for the authentic flavor of kulfi.
  •  If you do not have kulfi moulds, you can use stainless steel glasses or small katoris.
  •  Kulfi expands on freezing, so do not fill to the brim.
  •  You can skip step four and pour the milk mixture that is at room temperature into the kulfi molds.

Enjoy this wholesome goodness – it tastes DIVINE.



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