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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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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


  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Next add sugar and pistachios and cook for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder.
  7. Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl,
  8. Take cellophane wrap and place it right over the milk covering it completely. Note: It is important that the cellophane wrap touches the milk.
  9. Put it in freezer. It will take about 7 hours for the kulfi to be ready to serve.

Recipe Notes


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.Β  Before freezing, pour the milk mixture in to a Popsicle mold.Β  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.

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164 thoughts on “Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)

  1. Hi Manjula

    I have made this recipe a few times now for friends and they, and I, love it! The flavour is great, but could you please tell me what the texture should be like – mine seems to have ice crystals inside the kulfi, is this correct or am I doing something wrong?

    Great videos and recipes, by the way.

  2. Hi
    Firstly, so nice of you to take so much bother to make your recipes available.

    Could you please explain why we need to cover it touching with cellophane ? ie what is the purpose of this step ?

    Thanks You.

  3. What is cardammom??plzz tell me , bcause I luv your dishes…and I want to make your kulfi ice cream too…It looks so yummy.

  4. u r simply amazing. ur dishes r 2 gud mam…………….. no words…………. mouthwatering………………… god bless u…………

  5. Hi there, just wondering can you substitute regular cow’s milk with goat’s milk in this recipe? Thanks.

  6. To prevent the kulfi from becoming hard
    Then once the mixture is all done, you put the mixture in a food processor and add 1-2 bread slices cut them up and grind it together then freeze
    The bread stops it from becoming rock hard

  7. Munjala I appreciate the effort it must take for you to share your recipes with everyone. More folks are able to utilize your cooking skills because you speak English. You also say “Namastey” in your videos which is exclusive greeting for Indian/hindu culture. It would have been different if your program was in your native language and targeted to Indian audience only. Your program is for English speaking audience who are from all cultures and all walks of lives and feel excluded with your greeting. I hope you can consider something more inclusive. Thank You

    1. I believe Manjula merely wishes to greet the viewers in a customary manner. If you are interested in Indian food, there is no reason why a bit of exposure to the culture should insult you. Criticizing her for saying ‘Namaste’ is like watching a video on Japanese cooking and being horrified when the host says ‘Konnichiwa’ or other Japanese terms. So who really should be worried about not being inclusive enough…?
      Just relax and enjoy the food!

  8. i make kulfi really in an easy way…
    one can condensed milk 250 ml appraximately
    one can evaporated milk 300 ml apx
    one half and half cream 200 ml apx
    Add these in a bowl, add pistachios and a bit of crushed ilaichi….
    put them in molds n freeze….
    it comes out so creamy n without ice pallets….
    my kid loves it n can be made witout any hassle of boiling anything…

  9. i made kulfi on the weekend.came out real good. however i had two problems
    1) there were ice crystals in the ice cream, and
    2) it was rock hard when frozen
    i did a second batch with whipping cream instead of whole milk
    was a little better but still rock hard
    what did i do wrong for it to be so hard that i could not even scoop it out of the bowl?

  10. Hello manjula aunty:
    I liked your recipes. I like the simplicity in your recipe. Thanks for such wonderful and great recipes. Can I use 2%milk for Kulfi / ice cream recipe. Please reply.

  11. Hi Manjula, I’m an italian fan of yours. I like the Indian food and the way you use to cook it. I would like to congratulate you on the semplicty with whom you explain your recipes and as I want to try to cook your dishes, I would like to know the grams-weight of the plastic and glass cups that you use.
    thank you for you reply and have nice days.

  12. I hope Manjula ji will reply to you for this problem because I’m sure she has made this dish more often that I have and offer suggestions for corrections.

  13. hi jaya, eventhough i could cut the kulfi with a knife, yet i couldnot cut it with a spoon while eating. ultimately i had to hold it in my hand and eat. dont know where i am going wrong

  14. hi jaya or manjulaji,
    there were tiny ice crystals in the kulfi i made. i had pressed the plastic firmly in the mix. when i took the mixture out of the stove, it still looked a bit watery. i kept it in the freezer for more than 24 hours at the coldest point. can u pl advise. your kulfi looks creamy and yummy in the video. i could cut the kulfi with a knife after taking out though.

    1. Swagatika, I wouldn’t worry about small ice crystals. It’s hard to prevent them completely. Did your kulfi taste good otherwise?

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  16. as some have suggested i used silicone muffin molds…all your recipes are always tastier….this is just an other one.

  17. mam can u tell alternate for cellophane wrap i am in india can i use polythene cover or aluminium foil ?

  18. hi madam.i dont know cornstarch .what is that.it is easy to buy in indian grocery stores or not.with out mixing cornstrach kulfi comes good or not.what is the alternative.please reply me .tomarrow is my sister birthday

  19. I live in India in a small town. cellophane strip is not available here. what can i use instead of cellophane strip. plz help

      1. Thanks jaya for the prompt response. I have an old ziplock bag. can i use it to cover the kulfi. is it important that the bag should touch the kulfi mix? or can i just tie the mouth of the container. another option is that I can put the container in the ziplock bag and seal it. what should i do. please help. thanks

        1. Sorry Swagatika, I missed your question before. The plastic should be in contact with the kulfi. Press the plastic all around and gently pat it down on the kulfi. This keeps ice crystals from forming on the kulfi.

          1. thanks jaya. I made it y day and taste was very good. but there were tiny ice crystals while eating. i have a feeling i should have reduced the milk more. i kept it in the freezer for more than 24 hrs. when i took the mix out of the stove it still looked watery. i had pressed the polythene firmly. can u please advise.

          2. thanks jaya. I made it y day and taste was very good. but there were tiny ice crystals while eating. i have a feeling i should have reduced the milk more. i kept it in the freezer for more than 24 hrs. when i took the mix out of the stove it still looked watery. i had pressed the polythene firmly. can u please advise. thanks

  20. I made the kulfi yesterday and it was AWESOME! I did not have any crystalizing problem like others. To freeze it, instead of using a bowl, I used a silicone muffin pan to make individual kulfi. I covered it really well with a plastic wrap like the recipe. Unmolding was easy too as it was silicone. I just had to push each kulfi from the back after few minutes or so. Superb! thanks Aunty! πŸ™‚

    1. Forgot to mention one thing….the recipe made 6 invidual kulfis. It will be fantastic to serve this decorated with few pcs of pista on top and a mint sprig!

  21. Hello Manjula auntyji,

    Happy new Year!!

    I tried making kulfi using exact measures and ingredients that you have mentioned. But unfortunately, it has still crystallized when frozen. I poured some in pop moulds (no cellophane paper used and the rest in a freezer dish covering with cellophane paper touching the liquid. It tastes perfect but the ice crystals are making it disappointing. Pl suggest!!


    1. For Indian sweets, always use the unsalted version of whatever the nut is. Generally, the unsalted nuts are easier to find in Indian grocery stores. American grocery stores usually sell the salted kinds for snacking.

  22. Hello Aunty,

    Can we use half and half instead of wholemilk for this recipe? Does it make the recipe richer and does it also reduce the boiling time of milk? Please reply me aunty. Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and I want to surprise him with Kulfi. Thank you.

  23. Dear Manjula aunti

    What is cornstarch, is it referred to as cornflour?? If not can u buy easly cornstrach in market??? Thanks a lot.

  24. Manju Madam,

    Can you please explain cake and Home made choclate with out using oven, as i didnt have oven in my home. Awaiting for your reply.

  25. Dear
    Manjula madam,

    You were simply great. the dishes your making is very very easy to do. I made rasagulla and aloo paratha. My husband admired a lot and my in laws enjoy. Thanks a lot, I am newly married and need your blessings.

  26. hello manjula ji, i am a big fan of yours..! just wanted to let you know that this kulfi was amazing !! i followed the exact recipe and it turned out just perfect !! thank you.

  27. Hi, I am a high school student and I love desi food. Your recipes make
    cooking so easy. I admire your cooking method and keep up the good work.
    I tried pista kulfi and ras malai recipes, they were great.

  28. Hi, Aunti
    I made kulfi with almonds and also bundi ladoo both were good and my husband liked it,
    he loves sweet,all credits goes to you. Thank you for helping me,i dont know cooking since i am just married and
    getting into kitchen now only and i am now away from my mother so some days i will be struggling in kitchen,
    you are now just like my mother who teaches me,you are doing a great job.Thankyou.

  29. hi aunty ji i have one more question…what do you mean by saying whole milk? is that regular milk or what?? i wanted to make kulfi but then i didnt know what you ment by saying whole milk. thank you manjula aunty

  30. Namastay Aunty

    Mein Kal aap ka Kulfi ka recepie dekh kar mein try kari thi wo bahut achi tarah aya aur bahut tasty bhi tha. Mere Husband
    aur Mere friends ko bahut acha lagha. thanks for ur recepie

  31. Hi aunty,

    I am very big fan of u aunty. I tried ur kulfi. But it came out with ice crystals. I followed exactly same as u said. only one thing i changed is i used kulfi moulds. pls give me any suggestion.

  32. hai Manjulaa aunty…..ur recipies r too gud..n very simple….Thanks 4 sharing wit us……..Thanks a lot….Iam trying each one of urs…its comng very gud…

  33. Dear Manjula ji,

    A big fan of your “Difficult recipes made easy” πŸ™‚ Yes they really are giving minute details of everything one need. I discovered your website by chance and now a lot of my friends are your fan.

    A query- can I use cornflour instead of cornstarch for the kulfi? Actually don’t know the difference so asking.

    Thanks in advance

  34. Hi manjula,

    I like your recipes a lot, it has been helpful to me a loooot.i have a Q about kulfi recipe, can i substitute 2tsp of maida with 2tsp of water instead of cornstarch?


  35. hello’
    manjulaji, how are you
    i am monika
    staying in Noida, india
    i liked your recipes very much.
    they are so easy to cook and they are less time consuming.
    well i want to know the recipe for the cake can you give me that

  36. hello aunty,
    kulfi was really great but I would like to request u on behalf of my daughter as she also liked your gajar halwa recipie a lot ,can u give recipie of home made mawa sweet I will be thankful as she ate in india since then she’s been asking me to ask u.
    love & regards

  37. hi manjula aunty,

    your recipes rock..they are so0o0o0 easy to make and i can find all the ingredients here in singapore…..! i can’t wait for more… i love the masala french fries the most… they taste extremely nice… thanks aunty…

  38. Hi Sarika,
    In USA it is sold under the name “Saran Wrap”. Just ask a clerk when you go to the American grocery store. It’s sold along side things like aluminum foil. Saran Wrap is a brand, you can buy other brands of this cling film also. Good luck.

  39. Hi manjulaji,
    I tried upma recipe and it came out very nice…Thanks a lot
    manjulaji ,why pista kulfi recipe video is not available….I dont know where i can find cellophane wrap .Can u please help me out.I live in usa..can u please tell me where can i find it.

  40. Hello, This looks every good. Will try it soon. As diwali is on its way I am getting ready to preparing for it andI am looking a recipe for Gugaras not sure if this is the correct spelling. If you can help it would be great.

  41. Hello, Manjula ji I really like you and your recipes I am a pakistani .But now I live in Germany. I have learned too much recipes from you thank you very much for giving us too much love and you teach us very well thank you and god bless you.
    Shamaila Sheikh from Germany.

  42. hello aunty
    i am amazed… completely amazed… after seeing this recipe…
    the simplest kulfi recipe i hav ever come across… and the best past… no fancy ingredients… i guess i hav everyth handy… so m gonna try this tmrw itself…

  43. Hi Anita,
    corn flour is a flour and corn starch is a thickener and this work really good with milk, provides the creamyness and thicken the milk. Check in the grocery store where they keep baking thing.
    If you really cannot find it, then just omitting it and use half more slice of bread.

  44. Dear Auntie,
    I watched your video and will try it soon.I have a comment I hope you won’t mind.You are looking really nice in this video.

  45. Hi Yameen, have you checked the grocery stores for it?

    If you really cannot find it, then just omitting it is probably the best solution. There are not substitutes for everything. Although there are various kinds of starches and thickeners, they have different properties depending on what you mix them with.

    Some work better with dairy, some work better when heated, etc…

  46. Hi Tam, I have know found the cellophane wrap it is called Cling Film,
    here in UK,

    Thanks for describing the item

  47. Hello Manjulaji
    Yesterday i tried this recipe and it came out very well. Thanks for the simple and delicious recipe you gave us. My family also enjoyed this recipe very much.

  48. Hi Yatin,

    U can find it wth the name of Saran wrap / plastic wrap sheet roll..it comes in a box similar to aluminium foil sheet roll.

    Hope it is of some help to u .

  49. if the people want they can add vanilla flavour powder which is also like starch and and easily find like other ice cream falvours,or we can use gelatine powder its also availabe in store and its also easy to find….m i right aunty…?

  50. Corn flour is the British term for the American corn starch, and so I’m betting that the same is true in Commonwealth countries. Hope that helps.

  51. Hi Jayanthy, then go with Manjula’s advice. I had looked around on the internet and the terms can get confusing. There is something called corn flour which has no resemblance to corn starch – I should have caught that when I wrote my reply. You can tell true corn flour because it’s yellowish in color.

    I had read that in some places corn flour can be a local term for corn starch. Corn starch is a fine, silky white powder. Is that what your corn flour looks like?

  52. Hi Jaya,
    Thanks for your response.
    Aunty has already mentioned in one of her comments that corn starch and corn flour are different hence i looked for corn starch. But if corn flour is suffice for this recipe then i have it with me and i could go ahead try this recipe.

  53. Hi Jayanthy,
    Corn starch is also called “corn flour” or “maize corn flour”. It must be available in Singapore because it is a common ingredient in Chinese cooking used to thicken sauces.
    Potato starch is another type of thickener, but I don’t know if it will give the same result in this recipe as the corn starch/corn flour.
    I would try a few more stores and ask for either corn starch or corn flour. Let us know if you can locate it. πŸ™‚

  54. Hi Aunty,

    I’m from Singapore.I looked for Corn starch in the baking section of the grocery store i want not able to find it , instead i could get potato starch can i use it.

    Thanks in advance.

  55. Dear Manjula Auntie,

    You cook wonderful recipes I really enjoy making them, You have told us a wonderful new way to make Kulfi, I really enjoyed making it,

    Auntie Ji, I live in the U.K and I don’t know were to get Celleopane Wrap from, I used a normal food bag before but it did’nt come out perfect, please tell me.

    Keep it up Auntie ji,

  56. Awesome & cmpltly new technique of mking kulfi tht I hve come across so far.
    Will gve it a try tomorrow.One question :-

    Is corn starch same as corn flour ???

    Thanks in advance.
    Post more recipes cant wait for long !!

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