Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kulfi Popsicles

I saw this recipe from Aarti Party and before I made this, I had NO idea what kulfi was but it is very popular in India just the same as melona bars are popular in Korea or gelato is popular in Italy.  The exotic flavors and floral notes of these popsicles meld so well together.  It's the perfect hot summer treat! 

I adjusted the recipe so that it is lighter and not as sweet as Aarti's version.  I also tweeked a couple of instructions that I thought were important to mention.  This recipe made about 7 popsicles for me.

Adapted from Aarti Party

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
4 Earl Grey tea bags
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half and half
Handful chopped pistachios, plus extra for garnish

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer until small bubbles form around the circumference of the pot. Meanwhile, snip the tops of the tea bags and add to the milk. Whisk in cardamom. Once the milk is simmering, turn the heat off, cover and let sit and steep for 30 minutes.

Strain the evaporated milk into a large bowl. Whisk in the condensed milk and half and half.  Pour the mixture into ice pop molds.  Divide the chopped pistachios by the number of ice pop molds and sprinkle into ice pop molds.  Remember to leave 1/2 an inch of space in ice pop molds since liquid expand when frozen.  Pop them into the freezer and freeze overnight.

When you're ready to serve, run the ice pop mold under hot water to loosen it.  Garnish with more nuts if you like and serve.

Just in case you were curious, I bought these popsicle molds on Amazon here.



Kathy said...

I love how you're playing with Indian flavors...that looks perfect for summer!

vicki said...

i had these popsicles at a party recently, also from Arti Party. But when I heard the ingredients (i shouldnt be so surprised), i was kinda grossed out cause its so heavy! We need to find a way to make a healthier version. Perhaps using soy or almond milk??

Monica said...

the half and half helps because the original recipe has heavy cream. i chose half and half because i read through the reader reviews and someone recommended it. i recently made it again and used regular 1% milk to dilute the creaminess and sugar and they turned out ice-y. i'm not sure what the trick is!

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