Easy Kulfi Recipe with Condensed Milk, a quick and simple version of the classic Indian ice cream. It has a rich and dense texture, and it's flavoured with cardamom, saffron and pistachios. A delicious summer treat that can be enjoyed all year around.
That I love ice creams it's surely an understatement, I absolutely love them, any kind of flavour, and time of the day. But I must say this kulfi ice cream is not something I have tried often. If you like cardamom and saffron, this is definitely a frozen treat for you!
What is Kulfi?
Kulfi is a frozen dessert that is often described as an Indian ice cream. Traditionally it is made by slow cooking the milk until it reduces its volume by at least half, resulting in a rich and sweet condensed-like milk. Cardamom, saffron, rose petals or dried fruit are commonly added to it.
Now, although I love the idea of having a traditional kulfi recipe, the process of making it is far too long for my liking. I don't have time nor patience to wait around for the milk to slowly evaporate while stirring almost continuously. So, I went for the cheat version, and used evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream.
It might not be the original recipe, but it's so flavourful, indulgent and rich, that I declare myself more than happy with the final result. If we can make our lives easier, why not do it then?
How to make kulfi with condensed milk
It's super simple, and super quick, and it needs no boiling or cooking whatsoever. So, it's like having homemade no-churn ice cream made with condensed milk.
- in a jug, combine the condensed milk, evaporated milk and double cream (heavy cream)
I did not beat the cream, which would have resulted in a lighter texture. In this way we get a rich, fudge-like kulfi.
- add the finely crushed or ground cardamom and the pinch of saffron
- chop the pistachios and divide half of them between 5 plastic cups (or more depending on how much or little liquid you add to it)
- pour over the condensed milk mixture in the cups, to fill about a quarter of each cup
- top with the remaining chopped pistachios
- cover the cups with kitchen foil, make a small cut at the top and insert ice cream sticks into each cup of kulfi
- freeze for at least 3 hours
- to remove from the cups, dip the cups into hot water for a few seconds, before pulling the ice cream out
Other ice cream recipes
This Indian ice cream might be different, but I personally love it. It's a different flavour from what we are used to in an ice cream, although technically kulfi is considered more of a frozen dessert rather than ice cream.
So, if you are looking for more traditional ice cream recipes, why not check these ones out?
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Easy Kulfi Recipe with Condensed Milk
- ⅔ cup condensed milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup double cream (heavy cream)
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (or crushed cardamom)
- a pinch of saffron threads
- ½ cup chopped pistachios
- In a jug, mix the cream with condensed milk and evaporated milk.
- Add the cardamom and saffron, and give it a stir.
- Divide half of the pistachios between 5 disposable plastic cups, then pour over the condensed milk mixture to fill about a quarter of each cup.
- Top with the remaining chopped pistachios.
- Cover the cups with kitchen foil, then use a sharp knife to make a cut in the middle of the foil.
- Insert ice cream or popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 3 hours.
- To remove the kulfi from the cups, dip the cups into hot water for a few seconds, the ice creams will come out easily.