How to Make Kulfi at Home| Indian Milk Icecream

by Bhawana on June 6, 2011 · 53 comments

Yummy Healthy Kulfi

My husband has a huge sweet tooth and he especially loves desserts made from milk. I love preparing his favorite recipes but in a healthier way. Here’s how I make one of his favorites, Kulfi!
Cooking Time: 3 hours
Serves: 6-8
2 liter’s toned milk
A pinch of saffron for color
3 tbsp sugar
A few golden raisins
4-5 green cardamom pods (elaichi)
9 special spoons Sugar Free Natura (it comes with its own special spoon. 1 special spoon = 1 tsp sugar)
For setting the Kulfi
8 Kulfi moulds
Cooking the recipe
I use 2 liters of toned cow milk. Full fat milk does give an added creaminess but I save calories by using toned milk. I also think that if cooked well, the taste difference is not that huge.
Begin by taking a heavy bottomed vessel. It is important that a pan with a thick bottom is used to avoid burning as we are going to cook the milk for a long time. Pour the milk in it and bring it to a boil.

milk milk

Once the milk comes to a boil, let it simmer on a very low heat until it reduces to about 1/3rd its original quantity.
In the meantime, dissolve saffron strands in some warm milk and add to the boiling milk for great flavor and color.
After about an hour, the milk should have reduced by 1/3rd as below:

boil milk step 2 boil milk step 2


Make sure you stir the milk every few minutes to avoid burning. You can also scrape the sides of the vessel and add to the milk.

Here’s how it looks like after about 2 hours on a slow simmer (it has reduced to about half of the original quantity):

milk after 2 hours milk after 2 hours

Until now, all we have done is stirring the milk at regular intervals and letting it reduce on its own.
Once it reduces to half the quantity, take a few raisins and add to the milk. The raisins will soak up the milk and plump in size by the time we are done.

raisins raisins

Once the milk reduces further, take about 3-3.5 table spoons of sugar and toss in the pan. Make sure you don’t add the sugar too early in the process or it will burn.

sugar sugar

Keep stirring every few minutes and in the meantime, take your cardamoms out of their pod and add to the milk once it has reduced to about 1/3rd of the original.

elaichi elaichi

Don’t throw away the outer cardamom pods. I add them to my tea container for extra flavor and aroma.

tea container tea container

Switch off the gas and remove the pan from the heat and add the 3 table spoons sugar equivalent (or 9 special spoons) of Sugar Free Natura and stir (we need about 6-6.5 tbsp of sugar in the whole recipe).
We have substituted half of regular sugar with artificial sweetener to save on the calories. I have tried substituting the whole quantity of sugar with Natura but the taste no longer remains the same and is a little off. I have found the perfect balance in using 50-50 but feel free to use any ratio you like.
Also, we don’t need to cook the artificial sweetener so add it only when you have removed the milk from the heat.

kulfii kulfii

This is how it looks like when the milk has been reduced well and is ready to be put into the moulds. Remember to invest that extra time in letting the milk reduce well. Thicker milk makes creamy, rich and smooth kulfi’s.
Let the milk cool down a bit before spooning it into the moulds.

moulds moulds

Put in the freezer for about 4-5 hours or more until these are set.
Once it’s ready, take it out with a butter knife (try loosening the sides with the knife and it will come out pretty easily). Yummy Kulfi is ready to eat!

ready ready

If you want to have kulfi on a stick, take small bamboo or wooden sticks and halfway during the freezing time, when the kulfi has begun to set but not completely firm, insert the stick in the mould and let it set until it completely solidifies. Take out the same way using a butter knife and voila! Kulfi on a Stick is ready!

Do you make kulfi at home?

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

komal June 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I LOVE you Bhawana :) :jiggy2: :jog: :jog: :jiggy2: :jiggy2: :jiggy2:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

:happydance: :jiggy1:


komal June 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This is really amazing :)


Fly Girl June 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm

ye ice ceem sirf mahilaye apne pati k liye pyar se banaye.aur meri jaise single kanyaein pani mein dub ke marr jayeee :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:


Nupur June 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

:lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:


sugisoni June 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

no no fg… wat r friends for.. u make for them.. them give u duwaee.. and u mingle from single soon soon…. :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Making kulfi this easy, never knew!! :drool: :drool: :thanks: :thanks:


Sudha June 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Hi Bhawana…I have been taking kulfi for the past 2 days…. i know how to make them. U have explained really well. Will try for sure and update u… U need to post more of these receipes. :thumbsup:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

i will! and let me know how it turns out :)


Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Yo know dear, I also boil milk,then add sugar, ten add Complan kesar badam flavour wala 2 tablespoon and set it in the fridge, it comes out superb,this flavour contains saffron and badams,so need to add extra, you also try this one!


Sudha June 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

wow Tapaswini..U make it healthy by adding Complan :stars: :stars: :stars:


Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Ya dear !! :D Do try this one,you will love it !!


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

oooh need to try this


Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I meant no need to add extra


Nupur June 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

i love kulfizzzz wid falooda…. i make it often in summers…n yea, i also make faloooda at home :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:


Sanjeev June 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Right. You bring the falooda, Bhawna shall bring the Kulfi, I shall bring the hunger. O:)


Nupur June 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

:toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: ji ji ji :D :D :D


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

good idea :lol:


Anuradha June 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: seriously superb recipe!!! and so easy to make!!! I too once tried making icecream by freezing fruit squash in plastic cups :) :) :) :party: :party: :party:


Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I used to do it when I was a child, i used orange squash like this so many times !! :))


Anuradha June 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

hehehe r8!! Hey I read your post on streetwear mineral foundation today!! Gr8 article!!! They have also launched a mineral blush in a similar container-has 3 lovely shades-priced around 375 I was thinkin of tryin dat out :) :)


sugisoni June 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

i used to make jelly bellys when i was small girl…….


Tapaswini Swain June 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Anuradha I also have the blush, rose swirl, tht one is nice but other 2 I did not like


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

thank u!


komal June 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

you made it soooooooooo easy thank you


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

welcome komal :woot:


Preetha June 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

thanku so much..very useful


Tina June 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

wow…dyin to make this on cuming weekend……thanx bhawana for this wonderful recipe… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

u r welcome tina!


sugisoni June 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

me no like sweets…. i like chatpatas……… mmmmmmmmmmmm… like pani puri, chat, bhel, hot masala corn… specially in this rainy season………. :love: :love: :love: :love:
i love rains……. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


neha June 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

:bowl: :eat: the last pic is making me wanna go there n pick a peice up


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Fly Girl June 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

nu how can u make falooda at home?mera to fav hain app jante hoooooo


Nupur June 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

itss easyyyyy rauni…me will tell u :haanji:


Bee June 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm


FG- u want to make this??? humare liye bana do… Im ready to eat anytime!!! teri badhiya si tareef bhi kar denge.. hehehee


AyeDee June 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

Yummm…It looks so easy..Can’t wait to try this :)


Rati June 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

I had kulfi yesterday.. only because of this article. :tongue: :tongue:


Swati June 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

gud Morningggggg :teeth :teeth :teeth


Rati June 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

good morning swati. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

:) i am glad!


Rati June 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

And I also have the same knife… orange :toothygrin:


Swati June 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

:dumb: i also have the same sugar..white.. :huh: :huh: :huh:


Rati June 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm



Nakshatra June 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

looks so yummmmmmmmmmy :jiggy1:
Never thought making kulfi was so easy…. :silly:
thankuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu soooooo much :thanks: :yahoo:


Aruna June 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

can we use condensed milk instead or will the taste not be quite the same?


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

hv never tried it aruna….maybe next time i will and let u know!


akhila June 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

hey this is super easy of all the recipes, I know how to condense milk, :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: I generally leave the milk on sim flame and forget for an hour, :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: by chance if I step towards the kitchen, I switch off the stove and make tea/coffee with that condense milk….so this does half the job for me …. thanks for such easy peasy recipe … will try this weekend :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:


Bhawana June 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

yeah seriously it’s so easy and the result is really good :)


ramya June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

you make it sound easy….but my sweets usually turn :yuck: maybe this will turn my luck…. thank you for the recipe Bhawana :)


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