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Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

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Pista Kulfi is a very popular Indian ice cream. Kulfi comes in a variety of different flavors. Traditional kulfi is flavored with cardamom; this recipe is flavored with cardamom and pistachios.

Serves 6.

Pista Kulfi

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 slice of white bread
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom (ilachi)
  • 10 pistachios sliced

Method

  1. Remove the crust from all sides of the bread and cut the bread in small pieces.
  2. Blend bread pieces, cornstarch, and a 1/2 cup of milk, making smooth paste and set aside.
  3. Boil remaining milk (3.5 cups) in nonstick frying pan on medium high heat.
  4. Stir milk as needed to keep milk from burning on the bottom of the frying pan. Stir the sides of the pan to avoid scalding.
  5. After milk comes to boil, let the milk boil for another 12 minutes. The goal is to boil the milk from 3 1/2 cups to 2 1/2 cups.
  6. Add the bread mixture to the milk in frying the pan and cook for another 4 minutes, reducing the heat to medium. Bread and cornstarch are added to reduce the water crystallizing in kulfi during freezing.
  7. Next add sugar and pistachios and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder.
  9. Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl,
  10. Take cellophane wrap and place it right over the milk covering it completely. Note: It is important that the cellophane wrap touches the milk.
  11. Put it in freezer. It will take about 7 hours for the kulfi to be ready to serve.

Variations

  1. Replace pistachios with almond or coconut powder.
  2. Replace pistachios with finally chopped fruits like mangos or strawberries. Add fruits in the end after turning off the heat.
  3. Many people enjoy eating kulfi like a Popsicle.  Before freezing, pour the milk mixture in to a Popsicle mold.  If you don’t have Popsicle mold use small paper cups and place cellophane wrap on top of the milk and place a Popsicle stick in center of cup and freeze.

152 thoughts on “Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

  1. This looks delicious!
    Could you please suggest an alternative to using bread as a thickener, for gluten free version?
    Thanks.

  2. can i cover kulfi with aluminium foil? ur recipe is so delicious.im convinced that it’ll come out great definitely. im gonna try this for 0ur family reunion tonight. i dnt have that wrap on hands right now.
    pls reply asap. thanks.

  3. Dear Manjula
    I replaced corn starch with all purpose flour and I tried to blend bread with it.I found clumps.But then I strained it and added to the boiled milk.

    Even after cooling I found the consistency was liquid and not gluey.Now it’s in the freezer.Fingers crossed ..Can you tel how to improve consistency

    Thank you

    Regards
    Priyaa

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  5. Manjula aunty – you are great the more I look at your cooking and after 20 minutes I go prepare to make the Indian style french fries..I tell you THANKS A LOT it came out fantastic..

    Last nite I made the Kulfi I never eat yet..I wil try it tomorrow afternoon after lunch…

    You are such an Angel ..I love the way you give us so much ..
    A billions thanks..

  6. Auntiji,

    I love you so much.

    I love all your Kulfi so much…plus good instructions so clear and helps me understand so I can make for dinner tomorrow…u are so good in cooking …

  7. Made the kulfi yesterday. It tasted yummy and we liked it very much. I think I hadn’t heated the milk enough which made the kulfi too icy with the frozen water. I”m sure it will taste even better next time when I heat the milk enough. Thank you very much for your lovely recipes.

  8. HELLO, MANJULA I JUST START WATCHING YOUR EPISODE AND I REALLY LIKE , I JUST WNAT TO MAKE THE KULFI BUT I COUDN’T FIND THE CORNSTRACH IN HERE UK

    THANKS

  9. Thanx for the wonderful recipe. I have made this 3-4 times already. It comes out always wonderful….my family now calls me KULFI EXPERT….courtesy you :-))

    Ingredients are just perfect….!!

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