Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mango Kulfi

Summer Treats : My earliest memories of kulfi are, when i used to visit my cousins in Badlapur ( a city in Thane district of Maharashtra) during summer vacations, and there used to come a kulfiwala shouting "Kulfiiiii" ( He had a peculiar accent and it took time to understand that he is saying the word kulfi, the pronounciation was always smudged, hehe ). We used to wait for this kulfiwala, who used to come in afternoons. A typical kulfiwala used to wear white loose pajamas and white shirt with a white Gandhi cap. His kit used to consist of a pot surrounded by a cane basket covered with a wet red cloth which he used to carry on his head. The pot had some ice cubes and salt and aluminium kulfi moulds in it. He used to easily take out the kulfi from the mould by rubbing the sides of the mould, and insert a stick and give to all the kids surrounding him and waiting for their share. And the best part!!! We only used to get it for 50 paise!!! Though getting a 50 paise during that time was a task for us. So we always had to catch hold of our elder brother ( who used to get pocket money that time ) to treat us with the kulfi :) Those were fun days!!! And my sister just told me , that though there are very few kulfiwalas left now, we still get it...the price having being increased to INR 10/- considering the inflation in mind. This kulfi was our summer treat along with Pepsi-colas, Golas, and Limlets and poppins :) Ahhhh those old days!!! Nostalgia...

Picture taken from the Google Images :

A Kulfiwala


Well, Kulfiwalas are replaced with ice cream corners now. And we get modern day kulfi's well-packaged, with different flavours, and MRP's written on them. Yes, there are a few places where kulfi is still made the traditional way and they have that authentic taste. One that i remember back home in thane is Sri Ram Ice-cream which sells amazing pot kulfi.There is also the famous  Roller Ice cream , the one i had in Delhi at the National Street food festival and how can we forget the Tillewali kulfi . 

Kulfi is basically a frozen Indian dessert made with full cream milk. The thickening of milk is an important factor while making kulfi. A lot of people make kulfi these days with condensed milk or even milk powder to save on the time and energy of reducing the milk. But i have made this kulfi the traditional way, by reducing full cream milk to 1/3rd. Add any fruits or dry fruits or fruit pulp of your choice to make it more exciting :) The process is very simple, the time consuming factor is only the milk-reducing process. So here's how i made Mango kulfi :


Ingredients:

Full cream milk - 1 litre
Mangoes - 2
Sugar - 1/2 cup ( adjust according to taste )
Cardamom seeds - 5
Pistachios - 8-10
Almonds - 8-10
( You can add any fruits or dry fruits of your choice, and choose the amount according to taste )

Recipe:

Boil milk and reduce the milk till 1/3rd. Stir from the very bottom after every 5 minutes or so, so that the milk doesn't stick to bottom. This process takes about an hour or 1 n half hours. The milk will thicken, and change colour too. 

Now add the sugar and boil till the sugar dissolves.

Now remove from the stove top and let the milk come to room temperature.

Remove the pulp from mangoes and make a smooth paste in the blender. Keep some chopped pieces of the mangoes separately, to add in later ( about 1/4 cup )

Make powder of the cardamom seeds using a mortar and pestle.
Once the milk comes to room temperature, add in the mango pulp and mix well or you can even use a blender.

Add in cardamom powder, chopped pistachios and almonds, mango pieces and mix it all well. 

Pour the mixture into kulfi moulds or whichever mould you want to se the kulfi in. I set it in a large bowl.

Keep it in freezer for 7-8 hours.

Cut the kulfi into pieces an serve along with chopped mango pieces or garnish with some pistachios or almonds.

This summer dessert tastes is unbeatable, and am sure everyone in your home would love it.

Note : If you want to make this recipe quick, then you can boil 1 cup milk with 500 gms khoya, rest of the procedure is same. And if you want to use condensed milk to add thickness to the kulfi, use 3 cups milk and 1 cup condensed milk ( Since you are adding condensed milk, which is already sweet in taste, check before adding sugar and adjust according to taste )

Happy Cooking :)


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18 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog (a bench with a view) and your kind comment about Koda :)

    This was interesting to read about kulfi and the memories of your youth of the Kulfiwala. I don't think we have anything close to this type of dessert here, but it does sound yummy!

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, Thanx for visiting and appreciating :)
      Well, kulfi is mostly found in the Indian subcontinent...It's is Indianised ice-cream :))

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  2. I really enjoyed reading about kulfiwala...Nice memories!
    Mango kulfi sounds great and a good treat for summer...
    Thanks for visiting my blog and I am your new G+ follower...Keep in touch!

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    1. Hi Amila, thank you for visiting :) Glad that you liked the post...Yes, Summers is incomplete without mango dishes in the kitchen, right? :))
      Best wishes !

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  3. Such a sweet post Gauri..Loved your blog..Following you too :)

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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  4. Hi Gauri... thanks for dropping by at my blog and for your nice words. This recipe looks good, I'm definitely going to try it out.

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    1. Hi Shalini, glad that you liked it. Please do try and let me know how it works out for you :)

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  5. I'll always remember a quote from a man in Belize. "I don't mind a mango falling on my head. But never a coconut"

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    1. Hahahha, absolutely!!! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  6. I'm going to try to make this. Love Mango Kulfi :)

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    1. Hi Wendy, that's awesome !! Let me know how it turned out :)

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  7. well who can resist kulfiwala, i wish i can go back and enjoy , this looks absolutely yummy and thanks for stopping by at my blog. lets connect.

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    1. Yes so true...:) Thanks for stopping by... following you :)

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  8. Looks very tempting and awesome pics... I am your new follower would be glad if you visit my space @ http://delectableflavours.blogspot.in

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    1. Hi Ree, thanks for visiting and appreciating :) I will surely visit you blog... Happy cooking :)

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  9. I once stole 100 Rs when i was a kid just for Kulfi and was beaten up pretty bad by my Father...but it was good for me since i never stole thereafter.

    Nice to read about Kulfiwalas :)

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    1. Haha, we all have our own little sins for food, don't we? Thank you for stopping by and glad you liked the post! :)

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