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Kulfi Recipe

Kulfi is a creamy, dense and rich frozen dessert from the Indian subcontinent, rightly called as the traditional Indian ice cream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time6 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 1 litre full cream milk
  • 200 gram khova/khoya/mawa grated
  • ¼ Cup regular white sugar or to taste
  • ¼ Cup unsalted pistachio
  • ¼ Cup almond
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 – 4 green cardamom pods crushed
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 3 – 4 strands of saffron optional


  • To make Kulfi, first in a blender grind sugar, pistachio, almond, fennel and half of cardamom pods to the powder. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Now in a heavy bottomed saucepan heat milk over low heat. Add remaining cardamom pods and saffron strands to the milk, keep on stirring the milk occasionally.
  • While the milk is simmering, start roasting khoya, in a heavy bottomed pan heat ghee over medium heat, add grated mawa and turn the flame to low.
  • On low flame stirring occasionally let mawa turn into light golden in color. At this stage mawa will leave it’s own ghee and start leaving sides of the pan, keep on stirring the mawa to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Once mawa turn pale golden in color, turn of the heat. Set it aside until it cools down.
  • Once mawa cools down mix in sugar and nuts powder to the mawa. Using your fingers mix all the ingredients nicely crumbling to a coarse texture powder.
  • Now add the mawa and sugar mixture into the milk, stir nicely to evenly combine the mawa and the milk.
  • Keep on stirring the liquid mixture in the saucepan at regular intervals over the low heat.
  • Once the milk is reduced to almost half in quantity, turn off the heat. Let the kulfi mixture cool down to room temperature.
  • Pour the liquid into the Kulfi moulds or in an airtight stainless steel or plastic box.
  • Set Kulfi in the freezer for 6 – 8 hours or best overnight.
  • To serve, scoop out Kulfi into the serving balls or to unmould the Kulfi, allow the
  • moulds to remain outside the refrigerator or rubbing between the palms for few seconds, then unmould by inserting a wooden skewer stick and pulling it out.
  • Garnish with fine chopped pistachios and almonds, serve chilled.