Kulfi / How to Make Kulfi at Home


One of the most loved Indian desserts, Kulfi, is a favorite frozen dessert amongst children and adults both! It is extremely popular, well-loved and easy to make at home. For all the kulfi lovers, here is a quick and simple recipe for making your beloved Kulfi at home!

Prep Time: 15 Mins Cooking Time: 30 Mins Servings:2 to 3 Person

Note: The ingredients used in the products are provided below. It is advised to go through the recipe to follow the proper process.

Let’s Start Making Kulfi

Step 1: Use a wide pan or a kadai for this recipe. Heat 3 cups or 750 ml whole milk on a low flame for about 18 to 20 minutes, till it reduces and thickens.

Step 2: Grate or make Small Pieces  70 to 80 gms ‘khoya’ and keep it aside.

Step 3: Make Powder of  20 unsalted and shelled pistachios (Pista)  and 20 almonds using a dry grinder or manually using a mortal and pestle. Keep both aside for garnishing.

Step 4: Crush 4 green cardamom pods also, and discard the husks.In 3 tbsp of milk, dissolve 1 tbsp cornstarch or 1.5 tbsp rice flour and mix it very well. Keep it aside to be used later.

Step 5: After about 18 to 20 mins, add 3 to 4 tbsp sugar to the milk and stir it well. Continue stirring for 3 to 4 minutes. You will see that the sugar is dissolving. Now, add the corn starch or rice flour mixture to this.

Step 6: It is important to continuously stir this mixture so that no lumps are formed. The paste should have a good, pure consistency.

Step 7: Within 3 to 4 minutes you will find the mixture to have thickened. Now, add the khoya, almonds and pistachio crumbs to the mixture along with the cardamom powder.

Step 8: Stir this mixture well and allow it to simmer for a minute or two under a low flame.You must remember to consistently keep stirring so that no lumps are formed and the ingredients are distributed evenly in the mixture.

Step 9: Switch off the flame and take the mixture off the stove.Now, you can add your own toppings such as rose water or crushed saffron.Allow the kulfi mixture to cool.

Step 10: Pour the kulfi mixture into kilfi moulds and freeze it for about 7 to 8 hours for a good consistency.

Step 11: Once the kulfi is set, serve it immediately for a tasty, frozen dessert which everyone will love.

What do you need to make kulfi at home

Note: In this recipe, 1 cup = 250 ml.

  1. 3 cups or 750 ml of full fat whole milk
  2. 75 to 80 grams of khoya or evaporated milk
  3. 3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar or 3 tbsp of unrefined cane sugar (अपरिष्कृत गन्ना)
  4. 5 tbsp rice flour or 1 tbsp corn starch
  5. 3 tbsp milk to dissolve the corn starch or rice flour in
  6. 20 shelled, unsalted pistachios (Pista)
  7. 20 almonds  (बादाम)
  8. 4 green cardamoms ground in a mortar pestle (इलायची)
  9. 1 tbsp rose water or rose essence
  10. 2 pinch crushed saffron

Variations to Kulfi:

You can add toppings like flavoured falooda which can also be made at home. Mango falooda, kesar falooda or strawberry falooda are some of the variations to this kulfi dish. There are also other methods or slow cooking kulfi, according to your choice.

A very favourite way to end any meal in India, Kulfi is a mouth watering dish that brings joy to everyone. This frozen dessert is a perfect climax to a hot, summer lunch or dinner. Learn how to make this wonderful dish at home and surprise all your friends, family and relatives with your new kulfi making skills!

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