Kesar Pista Kulfi/Saffron Pistachio Frozen milk dessert

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

We are starting the 3rd week of Blogging Marathon and it is going to be Ice-cream all the way!! Oh yeah, mercury is on the high and we literally, literally want to soak ourselves in something cold other than sweat ofcourse!!! 
When i took this theme, my first choice was to do this delicious kulfi. We have warm memories with this kulfi. As a kid we used to get this from the road-side kulfi-wala, who comes every night, driving his little tricycle, ringing that little bell. 
We never questioned those days, whether it is hygienic, made using milk or water, whether it was using real ingredients or synthetic?? All we had was fun, waiting for that bell to ring, we would rush out, and look in awe, the way the guy takes the kulfi out of the bigg matka, push that little stick in, twist and take the kulfi out and hand it to us!!! Hmm, it was good, but i doubt whether we would like to try the same now, will be thinking all the hundred questions before buying a small kulfi. 
A homemade kulfi is no that tough, a simple recipe and all you need is an hour and lot of patience for it to set. If you have both then go and try it and enjoy this goodness.
4 cups of full fat milk
2 generous pinches of saffron
3 tbsp of pistachios, chopped
200 gms of condensed milk (i used 2 small 100 grams cans)
3 tbsp of ground almond & pistachios 
  • In a heavy bottom pan, boil milk. When it starts boiling, reduce the flame to simmer.
  • Add saffron, condensed milk  and stir well. Let it simmer around 15-20 minutes, stir frequently to avoid burning or spilling of milk. Stir well, and scrap the sides down and mix it back into the milk. 
  • When the milk is reduced to 3 cups, add the ground nut-mix powder to it. and add the chopped pistachios to it. Stir well. 
  • Take it off the stove and let it cool completely. Fill them up in kulfi moulds or in matkas/mud-pots. If using matkas, cover it well with a cling wrap first and then cover again with a wax paper and secure the wrap with an elastic band.
  • Freeze it for 6-8 hours. To unmould the kulfi, just show the mould, under running water. Open the lid, kulfi slides out easily. 
  • If you have any store-bough badam milk mix powder, you can try adding that instead of nut-mix powder. I have tried aavin badam mix powder, it gives a nice taste to the kulfi.
  • If you don't have kulfi mould, you can use paper cups. But see to that, you cover it well with a cling  well. you can also insert an ice-cream stick, after wrapping it with a cling-wrap.
  • If adding sugar, use around 1/2 cup and let the milk to reduce a little further, may be from 4 cups to 2.5 cups.

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  1. That matka Kulfi pic is soooooo inviting ! N kesar pista is my all time fav ;)) where did you get those pots from ?

  2. Wow Priya what a perfect shape, even I remember that bell of kulfi wala in ICF colony I use to finish my dinner so fast for that kulfi:). Now I am drooling yumm.. Lovely color and presentation.

  3. Wow kulfi looks so tempting. I am loving your clicks..

  4. Delicious am just loving these kulfi's

  5. It is so true, when growing up we never thought about hygiene when eating street food. In fact the street food tasted lot better than the homemade food. I use to eat chaat so much on the street side and now I can not even get myself to consider eating at street side stall.

    Kulfi looks so delicious!

  6. Love the matka, the pictures, the beautiful color and the recipe.

  7. Bookmarked right away.i am passionate about Kulfis and these are so gorgeous. Drooling dear!

  8. So true that first part, something that I pondered over in a post a couple of days ago when I posted the Paal Ice... can I come over after Iftar today, if you have some of that Kulfi remaining? :)

  9. Pictures are stunning Priya..and I love this kulfi!..

  10. lip smacking yum kulfi...what a lovely color...

  11. So true Priya, while growing up we really never bothered much about hygiene stuffs of street side food or other things associated with it! We just used to have so much fun na! And this kulfi surely did bring back a whole lot of memories! Beautiful presentation Priya.Superb!!!

  12. Omg, i want to relish some kulfi rite now.. That matka kulfi looks just simply out of the world.

  13. looks so pretty - must taste awesome!

  14. send me one potful of this decadent kulfi Priyasri...but i am more bowled over by your first are awesome with the details

  15. I am so tempted to eat some right now. Love how you presented it :)

  16. bachpan was so mimple right Priya? I am bookmaking this its beautiful.

  17. That is one creamy and delightful dessert. Love your clicks Priya, they are tempting me to make kulfis right away :-)

  18. OMG..this is my fav flavor of kulfi and I always stock the store bought one to indulge when the urge kicks in :)

  19. Takes me back to childhood and all those matkaKulfis we had during summer holidays....your pics make it look more tempting!

  20. So cool and temping, would love to have one.


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