Friday, November 4, 2011

Kesar Kulfi

Vanilla ice-cream slice on a plate was our Sunday treat.There was a quaint little ice-cream parlour on M.G.road we used to frequent every Sunday after our outing in Children's park.Appa did not approve of having food from outside those days,so eating out meant dessert first for us:).We eagerly looked forward to it whatever season of the year it was.

Having ice-cream when it is pitch dark outside accompanied with heavy rains and thunder has its own joy.Do you like to eat ice-cream when it is cold outside too?
Everywhere in Chennai,there are carts selling kulfi and we are addicted to it.Every beach outing has to be accompanied with kulfi(Badam milk has taken a backseat:).Studded with nuts with the right hint of sweetness and not very rich and stuffy on the stomach,kulfi is a winner.

Got this recipe from a friend who in turn got it from a kulfi-wala.Since it was only an approximate recipe,I looked up a few videos on the net to make sure and have provided revised measurements.
Kesar Kulfi


Full fat milk - 1ltr -approximately 5 cups
Sugar - 1 cup heaped
Cornflour - 1 tsp
Saffron strands-a few,soaked in warm milk
Almonds - 15,sliced
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Badam essence - few drops(optional)


In a thick bottomed kadai add the milk and take out about 1/4 cup.Mix the cold milk with cornflour and keep aside.
Switch on the flame and keep on high till the milk boils.Then simmer and keep stirring for about 15-20 minutes when the milk starts reducing and very slightly changes in colour.
Mix in the cornflour paste as you keep stirring.The milk would thicken instantly,so make sure you keep stirring to avoid burning.
Add in the sugar,the kesar mix and the badam.Simmer for 2-3 minutes.Mix in the cardamom and badam essence(if using)and switch off the flame.
Let it cool to room temperature and then pour into kulfi moulds and freeze for 4-5 hours.
Remove from the moulds and serve garnished with some more sliced almonds for an extra crunch.

  • You could replace the almonds with pistachios or cashews too.Or use a combination of all the nuts-yum!
  • If the kulfis do not easily come out of the moulds,just place the moulds under running tap water and try again.Keeping it out in room temperature for a few minutes helps too.
  • If you do not have a kulfi mould(I don't have one too,this one is an ice-pop mould)set it in a tight fitting plastic box or a tupperware,scoop it out and serve.


  1. I love eating ice cream when it is cold (and when it is not cold too!). On the Beach must be even more fun!

    The kulfi looks really good, loved your ice-pop mould.

  2. i like your kulfi mould divya! and while iam craving for soup in this climate, you post kulfi..

    Perfect kulfi's!

  3. lovely pics divya and this is my fav .....i have not made this yet but lovely.

  4. My Favourite!! We would very eagerly wait for the bell sound in the night for this treat!!! Looks yumm!!!!!

  5. Homemade kulfis, hygienic and tastes heaven!

  6. Wow looks perfect..I luv kulfi and the addition of kesar sure will be yum....Luv the clicks too

  7. Hi Divya,

    I have been a silent reader of your wonderful blog for a couple of years now. Have tried your eggless choco walnut cake and it came out really nice considering the fact that i am a novice at baking.

    Thanks for this recipe.. Will try this for my 3 year old girl this weekend.

    Take care and keep up the good work:))

    Priya Arun

  8. My guilty free dessert all the time..looks great. thanks for sharing the recipe

  9. Ooooohhh, I love to have ice creams on a rainy cold day. Uff.. I cannot imagine the happiness while having this..:) Love these a lot.

  10. Yum yum rich looking kulfi,feel like relishing..

  11. Ithippo thanne kazhikkan thonunnu...Perfect kulfi..

  12. omg... looks so yummy...mouth watering ..

  13. wow...thtz an yummylecious kulfi with kesar....chowwww

  14. thtz an yummylecious kesar ka kulfi....chowwwww

  15. Yumm and colourful Kesar Kufi recipe Dear.Luv ur amzing recipe and ur beautiful blog.Glad to follow U.

  16. wow, its so nice. I make without adding cornflour. will try this way :)

  17. Your Kulfi mould is very attractive...


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