Mango Kulfi ( Indian Ice cream): A Wonderful Summer Treat You Can Make Without an Ice Cream Maker

My favorite summer treat, Mango Kulfi

As the summer heats up here in Michigan and around the USA, god knows its sweltering in India already, I thought I would share one of my favorite summer treats, Mango Kulfi. This recipe is so simple and easy anyone can make it. The best part, no need for a fancy ice cream machine. Mango Kulfi is a yummy Indian ice cream that helps cool you down in the sweltering heat. It can be made in a Popsicle mold or just a pan or dish, both tastes wonderful it just depends on preference. The first time I saw this recipe I thought that using bread was weird , but it really works wonderfully to keep the kulfi a nice consistency and not develop ice crystals. I hope you enjoy this recipe and the Kulfi it makes! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 slice of white bread
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar, adjust to taste
  • 1 to 2 mangos skinned and blended, depending on strength of mango taste desired

    Kulfi can be made in a simple baking dish like this or into Popsicles

Method 

  1. Remove the crust from all sides of the bread and cut the bread in small pieces.
  2. Blend bread pieces, cornstarch, and a 1/2 cup of milk, making smooth paste and set aside.
  3. Boil remaining milk (3.5 cups) in nonstick pot  on medium high heat.
  4. Stir milk as needed to keep milk from burning on the bottom of the pot. Stir the sides of the pan to avoid scalding.
  5. After milk comes to boil, add blended mango. Let the milk boil for another 12 minutes. The goal is to boil the milk from 3 1/2 cups to 2 1/2 cups.
  6. Add the bread mixture to the milk in pot and cook for another 4 minutes, reducing the heat to medium. Bread and cornstarch are added to reduce the water crystallizing in kulfi during freezing.
  7. Next add sugar and cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat.
  9. Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl,  baking pan, or Popsicle mold
  10. If using bowl or pan take cellophane wrap and place it right over the milk covering it completely. Note: It is important that the cellophane wrap touches the milk.
  11. Put it in freezer. It will take about 7 hours for the kulfi to be ready to serve. It tastes wonderful with Pistachio or almonds sprinkled on top! I Hope you enjoy!

    Great for kids and can be made into Popsicles

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