Indian dairy dessert: Kesar badam kulfi

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Indian dairy dessert: Kesar badam kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen creamy dessert with milk and nuts as base.It’s traditional Indian ice-cream

Indian dairy dessert: Kesar badam kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen creamy dessert with milk and nuts as base. It’s traditional Indian ice-cream. It is very much popular throughout the subcontinent. Kulfi means "covered cup" in Persian. 

This royal Indian dessert is a mixture of dense evaporated milk flavoured with pistachios and saffron, packed into metal cones and immersed in slurry ice. Kulfi is similar to ice cream in appearance and taste but denser and creamier. 

Kulfi can be enjoyed in various flavours. The more traditional ones are rose, mango, elichi, malai, kesar and pistachio. There are newer variations such as apple, orange, strawberry, peanut, and avocado as well. This is a custard-based ice cream and takes a longer time to melt than Western ice cream.

The rich, creamy and delicious texture of badam kulfi is not only tempting, but at the same time, it is the best thing to prepare when you are in a hurry. Badam kulfi is a popular North Indian dessert recipe, which is savoured by people of all age groups! 

So, whenever you have friends coming over, serve them this yummy indulgent Indian dairy dessert  and surprise them with your culinary skills. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup blanched & peeled, ground almonds

  • 2 cup condensed milk

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup fresh cream

  • 15 strand saffron

  • 6 pieces pistachios

  • 3 tablespoon blanched almonds

How to make: 

Add ground almonds, cream and condensed milk in a large bowl. Whisk them together until thick. Keep it aside. Then, take a saucepan and add milk to it. Heat it over a high flame and boil the milk. When the milk starts to boil, add the saffron strands. Mix well and remove the pan from the flame and allow the mixture to cool.

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Once it has cooled down, add it to the almond mixture and stir well. The consistency should be creamy and thick. Take another pan, heat it over moderate flame. Add coarsely chopped pistachios and almonds in the pan and dry roast them for a few seconds. Once done, add them to the kulfi mixture, reserving some for garnish. Mix well and pour the mixture into the kulfi moulds.

Now cover the top with a lid (if available) or with butter paper. Keep them in the freezer for 4 hours or until set. Once done, remove the kulfi from the mould and sprinkle some of the reserved pistachios and almonds. Serve this delicious dessert recipe with chilled falooda for an even better culinary experience.

Pro-Tips

Make sure while reducing the milk keep stirring it, so that the milk does not stick to the bottom of the vessel.You can also make this kulfi with whole fat milk by reducing it to half and adding some fresh cream. If you want to make it more creamy, you can make a smooth paste of almond, this will make it more indulgent. This frozen delight tastes best when served with chilled falooda, you can also add some rose syrup to accentuate the taste and aroma of this dish. 

To make it more delightful, add some finely chopped dry fruits and sweetened cherries. In fact, you can also serve it with finely chopped fruits of your choice and give it your own twist. 

Badam kulfi can easily be prepared at home with some easily available ingredients.This easy and quick dessert recipe will save on a lot of your effort and time. So, try this delicious recipe and impress your loved ones with your culinary masterpiece. If you're planning to host a dinner party at home and don't have the time to prepare a fancy dessert, then this should be your go-to recipe.