Mango & Pistachio Kulfi

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Makes 20 small cups

Kulfi is basically the traditional Indian equivalent to ice cream. Although similar to ice cream in taste and appearance, Kulfi is known to be denser and creamier. It usually comes in different flavours.

1 tin
evaporated milk
1 tin
condensed milk
1 cup
heavy/whipping cream
1/2 cup
pistachio, coarsely crushed into small pieces
few strands saffron, optional
1 tsp.
vanilla essence
ripe sweet mangoes, pureed
(or 1 can of mango puree)
dixie cups or popsicle molds

Mix together the milks and cream in a jug and set aside. Puree/blend the mango pulp into a paste in a blender. Add in the flavourings and the nuts into the mango puree and pulse a couple of times. Then pour in your milk and cream mixture and pulse 2-3 times for just a few seconds. Don't over-mix otherwise the kulfi will not set properly.

Pour in your popsicle molds/ dixie cups or an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 6-8 hours or overnight. (If using dixie cups, once you pour the kulfi mixture in, cover the cups with aluminum foil and pierce a small hole in the foil right in the center with the skewers sticks, this will keep the stick standing upright in the center of your kulfi).

Freeze until solid, preferably overnight.

When ready to serve, remove the molds from the freezer and just roll them between your hands. The heat will melt the kulfi a bit and it would be easier to remove the kulfi from the molds. Or run the base of the molds under the tap and then turn them out and serve. You can garnish with pistachio flakes if you want.

The mango is optional, you can leave it out and add a slice of bread instead to give texture. Tear the slice of bread into little pieces and add it into the milk mixture, then pulse together a few times and proceed with the rest of the instructions.

If you are using up the leftover milk/cream mixture from my Tres Leches recipe to make this recipe, you will only need to add a quarter cup of whipping cream, quarter cup of regular milk and the pulp from 1 ripe mango (or 1 slice of bread), plus the flavourings of pistachio and vanilla to your leftover milk/cream mixture. Then proceed with the recipe as directed above. This will give you 8 popsicles.

Enjoy! :)



is it okay to skip the whipping cream?
thanks to reply asap :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, the cream is necessary in this recipe, do not omit it.

salamz sister what is evaporated milk

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, heavy milk that is not sweetened, it is sold in cans.

samia naz nisha's picture

what can be used instead of evaporated milk??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Please check my tips section on how to make evaporated milk. It is necessary for a rich result to this recipe.

Salam Baji can we use frozen whipped cream or not?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, have never tried frozen whipped cream, not sure on how the results will be.

salam sister, what a lovely site
I wanted to ask you, in this recipe can we not include the mango as I would prefer just plain/pistachio kulfi. If I do disregard the mango with the other ingredients remain the same or smaller quantity?

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W/Salaam, thank you! Please refer to the tip I have given in the recipe for mango replacement.

will definately try this. Jazakallahu Kheiran.


When you've made the mixture, is it Initially runny-ish??
I was expecting it to bea lot thicker (I have made pistachio only and used your bread tip)

I have just stuck it in the freezer so lets see how we go m

Also, my Popsicles were already in use so just whacked it into a container. Will the be ok?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, did you blend the ingredients together? If you followed the ingredient list exactly and the instructions, then it should be fine. And yes just cut out squares of the kulfi and serve.

salam sis. Can I use brown bread in this recipe?

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W/Salaam, you can but it may change the taste. Best to use white bread for this recipe.

As Salam alaikum, thank you for putting up a great website.
I wanted to try the kulfi. I had seeing Sanjeev kapoor making kulfi on master chef India. Where he boiled the milk and added grinded nuts (all) with saffron.
I was looking at ur recepi and its being instructed that it should be blended and not boiled. Now I am wondering what to do.
It's great idea to replace mango with one slice bread. I think the paste it all nuts is doing the same thing in his recepi. Now should I boil it or just blend the mixture.!

Your thoughts please.

Thank you

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you! I've actually never boiled the cream for this recipe so am not sure on the outcome with that extra step.

As salaam alaikum, I did boil it. The kulfi turned out great.Though removing it from popsicle is difficult. Thank you for awesome recipe.


Salaam. When u say 1 can of mango puree, is it 30 oz one that we get in US? Thanks a lot.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, I use the smaller 14 oz cans. So maybe you can split the contents in half and it should be fine inshaAllah. :)

How long can the ready kulfi be freezed for?

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Up to a month.

Can we pour kulfi in dessert glasses or small matkas? Will it freeze like the same in popsicles?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is fine.

Can we add a slice of white bread to the whipping cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk mixture before adding the mango puree? Will that help solidify the kulfi?

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Yes that is fine.

Salams can you please advise me how much mango pulp I need to use because in uk we get very big tind of mangos pulp jzk Allah

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, about 2 cups of mango pulp.

Me n my family really likes your recipes. Thanks for giving us such a wonderful yummiest website :).
Ive questions for kulfi.
What does heavy/whipped cream means.
Can I use dairy tetrapack cream what will be the ratio.
What does pulse means?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks! Heavy cream means cream that has a higher percentage of fat in it, like double cream or whipping cream. Pulse means to blend but in short bursts instead of blending continuously for long. I do not know what dairy tetrapack cream is.

Whipping cream and milk should b blended with blender or in a normal mixer

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In the blender.