For Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, Dussera, Navratri or just any occasion this Matka Kulfi is perfect after a heavy meal. Nuts are ground to a paste and cooked with milk and saffron. Matka means pot and the ice cream is chilled in terracotta pots. Traditionally they were prepared in pots to cool them faster as they did not have refrigeration facilities. This recipe can be made and set in anything, including Tupperware.
I’m obsessed lately with making these delicious desserts in terracotta pots. Every time someone comes from India, I ask them to bring some back for me. Many Indian stores here in North America will likely also carry these beauties. Earlier I made a Phirni video and set the rice pudding in a flat terracotta dish. Check out that video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xKKduZQKkk&t=2s
Mango Kulfi is an easy non churn ice cream made with heavy cream and Mango puree. Traditionally a Kulfi is made with full fat milk and is stirred and stirred till it reduces down and achieves a thick consistency. In this shortcut recipe, I’m using canned, evaporated & condensed milk together with whipping cream and mango puree to achieve the same taste without the long process.
I used traditional Kulfi molds in this recipe, but feel free to use popsicle molds or even just set this ice cream in a freeze proof container.
This recipe brings back a lot of memories – I devised an International tasting menu in 2011 and competed in Come Dine With Me Canada. While my menu featured tasty treats from around the world, I decided to end on a not too sweet and creamy note Pistachio Kulfi.
Making this Kulfi connected me to my good friend Rosy Banwait-Sobratree who had also made Kulfi on another reality TV show – we were bonded by our victories and our love for this frozen treat. Sadly Rosy passed away last year after a battle with cancer. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and I’d like to dedicate this post in her memory.
This recipe originated in India but has gained popularity all over the world. I’ve since made this recipe many many times. I invested in Kulfi moulds, make a large batch in advance for a party and then simply throw it into a bag to serve later. If you don’t have a Kulfi mould, have no fear, this also works set in a popsicle mould, a cake pan or even tupperware. This is my shortcut version, I’m using whipped cream to get that creamy consistency and there is no cooking involved as well. You need to make sure that your equipment and ingredients are chilled so you don’t drop the temperature of the ice-cream.