Kulfi is mother of western ice cream and sold in many part of India. It is a popular dessert in north India. In summer my kids ask me for various Popsicle (Kucchi Ice) and this season it starts with Malai Kulfi. Kulfi making is documented as part of Indian history during Mugal period (Source:Wiki).
I prefer eating Kulfi over ice cream because of the nutrition. Kulfi is only condensed form of milk and normally it has very less flavoring and is almost free from additives. Of late I am seeing lot of Kulfi franchisee around my area. But nothing can beat home-made kulfi.
It is an easy dish to make. It does take time to make, not effort. I normally keep it in a burner along side morning cooking so that I can finish base version with morning cooking.
Here is a recipe for simple malai kulfi.
- 1 Ltr Milk Full creme, recommended
- 6 Tbsp Sugar
Boil milk in a wide bottomed pan or kadai till it reduces to one third of the quantity. To do this quickly, I collect the malai in a vessel parallely. It helps to evaporate milk faster.
Add the collected malai with residual milk along with Sugar. Stir till sugar blends well with milk. Allow the mixture to cool. Pour in popsicle mould and freeze for atleast 8 hours.
*Milk might get burnt at the bottom and hence stir often. To prevent this, I add a spoon to the kadai. Spoon helps in balancing heat, avoids spill as well as burning to large extent.
*I boil milk in low flame to prevent burning.
*There are many molds available in market. Choose ones that have tight lids but flexible bottom. I use Tupperware brand, but others are also good. The tight right bottom ones do not easily de-mold.
* To remove the kulfi from mold, show the kulfi mold under running water parallely pressing the sides so that it loosens up. Do not make hard pull, instead push the kulfi from the sides and top.
*Kulfi stays fresh in fridge for few days, but in my house they finish it at a go.
*Kulfi should have set firmly for it to de-mold. Adjust fridge setting if needed.
*For some reason, if the stick alone comes out, close and set in the fridge for couple of hours and repeat the above steps.
Actually de-molding is not a difficult task but it does require some practice.
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