Quick-and-easy kulfi

April 12, 2007, midnight | By Priyanka Gokhale | 15 years, 2 months ago

A simple way to enjoy this frozen treat

In India and other parts of South Asia, "kulfi" is a dessert used to stave off the heat of summer. Children are often seen licking calorie-rich kulfi that has been molded into popsicles, but this dessert is often served as a finale at the end of a full-course meal. Cold and creamy, this dish is similar to ice cream but contains no air. Kulfi can come in many flavors, if the right fruit purees and spices are added, but the best kulfi is sweet, rich and plain.

Usually, this dish is made through the elaborate process of evaporating milk. But, if you don't want to spend an hour in front of the stove waiting for the milk to reduce and thicken, there's no need to fret. With the aid of a few ingredients found at any grocery store, you can make your own kulfi with little time and preparation.

Photo: Garnishes like nuts and fruits will make the presentation of the kulfi as nice as the taste. photo courtesy of www.saffronkzoo.com

Makes 8 servings

- 1 large bowl
- 1 medium-sized glass pan (or, for a more interesting shape, a gelatin mold)
- Electric hand mixer

- 1 14-oz can of condensed milk
- 1 12-oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 8-oz tub of whipped topping (Kraft's "Cool Whip" works well)
- Saffron (optional)
- Cardamom powder (optional)
- Crushed pistachios (optional)
- Sliced fruits (optional)

1. Put the condensed milk, evaporated milk and whipped topping into a large bowl
2. With an electric hand mixer, blend the ingredients in the bowl until smooth
3. Add saffron, cardamom powder and other spices as per your taste
4. Spoon the mixture into a pan and let it set in the freezer for six hours
5. Garnish with crushed pistachios or sliced fruits
6. Cut the kulfi into small squares and serve

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