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Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

Pista Kulfi

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Freezing time 1 min
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 4 cupa whole milk
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground cardamom ilachi
  • 10 pistachios sliced


  • Remove the crust from all sides of the bread and cut the bread in small pieces.
  • Blend bread pieces, cornstarch, and a 1/2 cup of milk, making smooth paste and set aside.
  • Boil remaining milk (3.5 cups) in nonstick frying pan on medium high heat. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Next add sugar and pistachios and cook for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder.
  • Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl,
  • Take cellophane wrap and place it right over the milk covering it completely. Note: It is important that the cellophane wrap touches the milk.
  • Put it in freezer. It will take about 7 hours for the kulfi to be ready to serve.


Replace pistachios with almond or coconut powder.
Replace pistachios with finally chopped fruits like mangos or strawberries. Add fruits in the end after turning off the heat.
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.
Keyword Home made Ice Cream, Milk Ice Cream, Pista Ice Cream, Summer Dessert
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164 thoughts on “Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

  1. Your kulfi is Amazing
    I finally find the same taste as my mom’s kulfi but she passed away and i didnt have her recipe.

    If i do for 20 persons, should i do one batch or you suggest i do three Times?

  2. I make kulfI often in summer as popsicle. I have never added slice bread could you tell me the purpose of slice bread. Love your recipes lovely lady. You are awesome and you make cooking with family so much fun.

  3. Dear Manjula ji… This recipe seems to be perfect. ..pls suggest me one thing…I am inviting 25 guests..so how much quantity of ingredients would I need to make it

  4. Hi Manjula aunty,

    could you help in the amount of milk that you are using in this kulfi?.. 4 cups means how many litres…

    Please tell the amount in litres.

    I love all your recipies and its all yummy with presentation as well.

    Stay healthy 🙂

  5. Hi Manjula Mam
    Your pistachio kulfi looks very delicious and easy to make . I just have a question for you for this recipe i.e. when you put cling wrap to cover the milk mixture do you put the lid on bowl too after putting cling wrap please advise as I would like to try your yummy recipe, thanks

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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


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  10. 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..

  11. 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 …

  12. 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.



  14. 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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