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Mango Kulfi - Indian Ice Cream

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Mango kulfi is an Indian ice cream made with mango pulp and, evaporated milk. This is an easy homemade recipe to make mango kulfi in an ice cream maker without condensed milk.
Cubes of mango kulfi in a plate and garnished with pistachio.

Mango kulfi is a popular Indian ice cream which is a great make-ahead dessert option for a party or potluck. This is an easy no-cook, gluten-free mango kulfi recipe made in the ice cream maker.

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What is kulfi ice cream?

Kulfi is Indian ice cream and a very popular dessert. Traditionally it is made by boiling and reducing milk and adding a variety of flavors ranging from fruits, dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Each of the flavors is unique in its own way.

Kulfi is denser than ice creams and has higher milk content than cream. It is popularly served during special occasions and celebrations.

What is mango kulfi made of?

Mango kulfi is made with 4 ingredients - evaporated milk, sugar, heavy cream, and mango pulp. This is a no-cook mango kulfi recipe without condensed milk.

Fresh mangoes can be used to make the pulp or canned ones can be used as well. Mangoes come in many varieties and my favorite is Alphonso mango.

Cubes of mango kulfi in a plate and garnished with pistachio.

I have used canned Alphonso mango pulp but any other variety can be used as well.

Optionally, cardamom powder, saffron, and sliced pistachios can be used for garnishing and enhancing the flavor.

How to make mango kulfi in ice cream maker?

Making mango kulfi in an ice cream maker is a breeze. Add sugar and a pinch of salt to evaporated milk and blend it well using a hand blender or Vitamix until the sugar is dissolved.

Mix the evaporated milk and mango pulp and, blend it well using a blender. Gently mix in the heavy cream using a spatula or a spoon. Mango kulfi mixture is now ready. It is best to chill the mixture for 2 hours before churning in the ice cream maker.

Mango kulfi being churned in ice cream maker collage of 4 images

If you are looking for an ice cream maker then you may find more details in my blog on which ice cream maker to buy. I have made this ice cream in the Cuisinart compressor ice cream maker.

Before pouring the mixture into the ice cream machine bowl, give it a quick stir for an even consistency. Churn the mixture in the ice cream maker preferably using the gelato maker paddle for about 35 minutes.

Kulfi will be of soft-serve consistency. Transfer it to kulfi moulds and freeze it for about 6 hours before serving.

Cubes of mango kulfi in a plate.

What can I use instead of kulfi moulds?

Kulfi is popularly frozen in kulfi moulds which are usually made of aluminum and are conical in shape. If you do not have kulfi moulds, you can freeze it in popsicle maker or clay pots.

However, the easiest option is to freeze kulfi in a freezer-safe container. Once kulfi is set, you can scoop it, slice it, or cut it into cubes.

How long should we freeze kulfi?

Once kulfi has been churned it will be of soft-serve consistency and must be frozen before serving. You can freeze it in kulfi moulds, clay pots (matka kulfi), or in air tight freezer-safe containers for at least 5-6 hours.

It is also best to lower the freezer temperature to -5 °F to ensure that kulfi freezes and sets well.

How is kulfi served?

Mango kulfi is absolutely flavorful and can be served as is. You can chop the kulfi into smaller chunks and optionally garnish it with some saffron, sliced pistachios or some boiled vermicelli (known as falooda).

Mango kulfi is a crowd-pleaser dessert and to take it a step further, you can top mango lassi or basundi shots with some mango kulfi!

How long to store kulfi in freezer?

Kulfi can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. It stores best for a week to 10 days as any homemade ice cream without any preservatives.

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Cubes of mango kulfi in a plate and garnished with pistachio.

Mango Kulfi Recipe

Mango kulfi is an Indian ice cream made with mango pulp and, evaporated milk. This is an easy homemade recipe to make mango kulfi in an ice cream maker without condensed milk.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Chilling and Freezing Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

For garnishing (optional)

  • 1 tbsp Pistachios (chopped)

Instructions

  • Blend sugar, evaporated milk, and a pinch of salt with hand blender or Vitamix until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the mango pulp, cardamom powder, saffron, and mix it well.
  • Add the heavy cream and mix gently with a spoon or spatula.
  • Chill the mixture for about 2 hours.
  • Churn the mixture in the ice cream maker for about 35 minutes preferably using a gelato maker paddle.
  • Transfer the mango kulfi into a freezer safe container and freeze it for 5-6 hours before serving.
  • Optionally garnish the kulfi with chopped pistachios while serving.
Nutrition Facts
Mango Kulfi Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
169
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
34
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
52
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
118
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
910
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
103
mg
10
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Chander

Saturday 10th of July 2021

If we don’t have ice cream maker? Then we cannot make it?

Alpa Jain

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Hi Chander,

I have not tried making it without an ice cream maker, however, you can follow these steps: - Blend evaporated milk, sugar, and salt until sugar dissolves - Add the heavy cream and mango pulp and blend until it increases in volume. - Freeze it for 2-3 hours - Blend once again for a few seconds and then freeze again for 5-6 hours.

In general, to make ice cream without an ice cream maker you must blend twice else it can become hard and rocky.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa