Every child’s favorite~Kulfi is Indian Ice-cream like dessert, which is richer in taste and firm in texture. It can also be served as a snack during summers. Kulfi reminds me of my childhood during those endless sultry and humid Hyderabadi summer days.
Traditionally it is made by boiling milk until reduced by half, which is then flavored with nuts, aromatic spices or saffron. This is then cooled and poured into aluminium Kulfi molds with tight lids (can be bought online here, or they are also available at local Indian stores) and frozen until solid, and served sliced garnished with edible silver foil called as varq.
In Season: Pomegranates~Anaar
The typical flavorings that are added in Kulfi are Pistachio, Saffron, Mango and Cardamom. They is no churning required unlike in ice-cream preparation. The reduced milk imparts the creamy attribute to the Kulfi. You can also use sweetened condensed milk instead, but I have used evaporated milk so that I can control the amount of sugar I am adding.
A few months back, the folks at POM Wonderful were kind enough to send me a few coupons to sample out their products. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice ia available in cute curvaceous bottles at many stores I have been enjoying this antioxidant rich totally natural Pomegranate juice in various ways. But I really loved this POM Kulfi that I had tried out. It was creamy, and absolutely delicious.
POM Wonderful Pomegranate Kulfi – Pomegranate Ice-cream~Indian style
Juice from large fresh Pomegranates to make 1 cup (or) 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
Granulated white sugar – 1/3 cup
Evaporated Milk – 370 ml
Coarsely chopped almonds – 1 tbsp
1. In a saucepan, pour the pomegranate juice and add sugar. Mix well and let it boil until reduced to half cup. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool completely. Once cool, add the evaporated milk and chopped almonds and mix well.
2. Fill the mixture in Kulfi molds. Alternatively you can line a freezer container or a freezer proof plastic food container with plastic wrap, or you can also pour the mixture into an ice-cube tray, or use ice-pop molds, and place them in the freezer overnight until solid. Later, remove from the freezer and lift the plastic wrap away from the container, invert onto a platter, cut and serve immediately.
Flavor alternatives for Kulfi: Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistachio, Mango, Saffron, Cardamom, Khoa, Malai/Thick Cream, Coffee, Lemon zest, Rosewater, Dried figs, Sapota, etc.
I sign off wishing that the current chaotic political conditions back home in Andhra Pradesh settle down as soon as possible, and the right decision is made for the betterment of the general masses.