Mango Kulfi (Ice-Cream)

Kulfi is a popular Indian milk-based ice-cream available in multiple flavors. Unlike Western ice-creams, kulfi is not whipped resulting in a dense solid frozen dessert similar to ice-cream. It also takes a longer time to melt as compared to a normal ice-cream.

Kulfi is supposed to be stumbled upon by people living in the Himalayas who learnt the art of frozen food. Noorjehan, the wife of emperor Jehangir (son of the great Mughal King Akbar), is said to have transported great quantities of ice from Himalayas to the palace where it was stored in the underground storage of the royal palaces in Old Delhi. The ice was naturally insulated by the earth and so melted slowly. Noorjehan would serve the ice, crushed or shaved, with fruit pulps and sweetened milk as a unique dessert. However, the advent of modern refrigeration actually popularized this frozen dessert in India.

Mango is an all time favourite flavour that never fails to please. All the goodness of the juicy alphonso mangoes comes together in a sinfully rich and creamy kulfi. In case alphonso is not available, any other variety of mango can also be used. Vary the sugar content based on the sweetness of mango used.

Preparation Time – 20 mins + 2-3 hours for refrigeration

Servings – 8 kulfis

Ingredients

2 ½ cups milk (500 ml)

¼ cup milk powder

½ cup condensed milk (Milkmaid)

¼ cup sugar

1 cup alphonso mango pulp

¼ cup almonds and pistachios

A few strands of saffron

Mango Kulfi

Combine milk, milk powder and condensed milk and bring to a boil. Add sugar and saffron and let it simmer for 10-15 mins till the mixture thickens. Let it cool completely.

Blanche almonds and pistachios. Remove skin and chop coarsely. Mix the mango pulp with the milk. Churn for 15 seconds in a mixer if required. Add the chopped nuts. Pour into individual kulfi moulds and freeze till set. Normally it will take 2-3 hours for the kulfi to set. Unmould and serve.

Tip: Tinned mango can also be use if mango pulp is not available. However, do not add the syrup in the kulfi.     

Amras – Mango Shake the Indian Way

Now that I belong to a Marwari family (post marriage, that is), I am getting to learn a lot of typical Marwari dishes. Marwar is the desert area of India now known as Rajasthan. It has its own cuisine influenced by the extreme variation in climate and the availability of seasonal vegetables. Mango is a much treasured golden fruit among Marwari custom and is used in a variety of dishes. One of them is what we call “Amras” meaning the juice of mango. Being a seasonal dish, it is much sought after.

Preparation Time – 15 mins

Servings – 4 people

Ingredients

2 Mangoes

1 cup milk

2 tblsp sugar (or to taste)

Almonds

 

Yummy amras to add a delicious twist to your meal

Yummy amras to add a delicious twist to your meal

Peel the mangoes and discard the seed while retaining the pulp. Churn the mango pulp with milk and sugar in a mixer grinder. If the mango is too sweet, you can leave off the sugar. Chop the almonds finely and keep aside. Once the amras is ready, chill it for a couple of hours. Just before serving, garnish it with almonds.