Indian Mango Kulfi Ice cream recipe
One of the rarest advantages among the many not-so-good ones during summer is the ice cream. Especially, in the scorching heat of Indian summer, the one relief that I always used to look forward are these frozen treats! Among the many yummy cold desserts this variation of the Indian icecream is called as Kulfi or Qulfi. Its very similar to the traditional icecream having the same taste and creamy texture but is ridiculously simple to make. Its the type I dig. The other advantage is, it takes so long to melt that I had time to take a photo without fear of  it melting soon ;).
Indian Mango Kulfi Ice cream recipe
Wikipedia says the following "Unlike Western ice creams, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert similar to traditional custard based ice-cream. Thus, it is usually considered a distinct category of frozen dairy-based dessert." I cannot help but remember with a nostalgic smile at the Kulfi wala outside the house and we, the colony kids, troubling our parents to buy us some. There used to be this Kulfi man carrying this huge basket on his head and then there was this man with a cart full of Kulfi screaming "Kulfi Ice", "Kulfi Ice". The cart was the upgraded version of the basket ;) and such sights used to be common during the heat of the summer days! Made sense to sell these since as mentioned before these were not that easy to melt.
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  • Yields: Makes 6 kulfis (or as per the size your kulfi mold)
  • 2½ cups milk (about 500 milliliters)
  • ¼ cup milk powder
  • ½ cup condensed milk (I used sweetened condensed milk)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup alphonso mango pulp *
* I had regular mangoes on hand. I took the pulp of about 4 mangoes, processed them, strained them of any strings to make 1 cup of fresh mango pulp.
* If using canned mango pulp, you can either reduce the sugar or cut out the sugar completely since most of the canned ones I have enjoyed are immensely sweet. But depends on how sweet you like it. Though my fresh mangoes were sweet and I was using sweetened condensed milk along with the sugar, it wasn't that sweet when frozen :)
1. Combine all the ingredients except the mango pulp in a non-stick pan and mix well. Bring this mixture to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes till thickens. Cool completely.
2. Add the mango pulp and mix well.
3. You can set these in any container you want. But traditionally Kulfi icecream are served in these special moulds where the icecream is set. That shape has all the significance for me :) You might finds these here in local Indian stores (mostly in larger ones).
4. Pour the icecream into individual kulfi moulds
5. and freeze till set. Or you can wait till its half set and place a icecream stick in the center of it (the half frozen cream will help the stick to hold it in place). Refrigerate again till completely set.
6. Unmould the Kulfi. You can easily do that by placing it under running water for few seconds. Pull the stick gently and it will come out.
And Kulfi Icecream is ready! What are you waiting? Let's DIG in (or should it be 'licking'? ;)!) Indian Mango Kulfi Ice cream recipe

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recipe courtesy tarla dalal

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By Elise on Jul 22, 2012

I used evaporated milk instead of milk powder and reduced the sugar. I added 5 tbsp. of custard powder to help thicken it up as it didn't thicken to my liking.  I also sliced and puréed mangoes.  The kulfi tasted and turned out great!

By Chandni on Jun 17, 2012

Thanks for the recipe!  It came out really well. The hardest part was getting the milk/condesed milk mixture to thicken. I ended up having to cook it on medium for about 25 minutes, but otherwise the recipe was perfect!

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By MS on May 29, 2016

Excellent recipe - thank you. I also added about 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom. And made a second batch using ground pistachios instead of mango. They turned out delicious and very pretty. The cheap popsicle holder (which I had used for mango kulfi) isn't recommended - for some reason the stick came out before the ice cream and we had to spoon it all out. A more textured set of sticks on another set of holders (that I use for the pista kulfi) gripped the kulfis and pulled them out beautifully!

By Kristin Obel on Oct 15, 2015

Is it ok to use plastic cups to poor the mix into instead of kulfi molds?

Oh sure..why not. --DK

By Geff on May 12, 2015


By Kriti on May 19, 2014

Thanks for the wonderful recipe..itz really easy n helpful for first time makers...tastes awesome.. :wink: :-P

By Naimah on May 2, 2014

can i change the mango with something else like chcolate??? :?: :?: :?: :oops: :lol: :-D

By swati on May 1, 2014

Hi, looks lovely. I haven't tried but I would like I ad some other flavours thn mango as my hubby doesn't eat. Hope to hear bk from u.

By Aditya anand on Apr 6, 2014

:) the kulfi was freaking soo good nice recipe bro :-D

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By anne on Dec 5, 2013

Can I make Kulfi with just Alpro Cream, Sugar & Mango - my grandchildren are dairy intolerant???.

By anne on Dec 5, 2013

Will the Kulfi set with just Alpro Cream, Sugar & Mango puree, my grandchildren are dairy intolerant, so cannot use evaporated milk???.

By amlan on Jan 28, 2013

nice :lol:

By justin bieber on Jan 27, 2013

really nice but so cold :wink:

By Daniel Thomas on Jan 26, 2013

Just made this for some late night cooking. Really good fun to make and tastes delicious! Thanks :D

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By Ferdowcey Rahman on Jul 30, 2012

hello your mango kulfi ice cream recipe came out sooo juicy and nice i am a greedy girl i eat anthing i don't fast because i love eating food its the best thing i can doo :lol: sooo i am trying to tell you can you please put another recipe about junk food OMG!! junk food is soooooo lovely <3 :-D

By SCP on Jul 7, 2012

Question to Tanazz: Did you simply mix and freeze the ingredients without boiling first?

By tanaaz on Jul 3, 2012

even easier mix 1 can condensed milk 1 can evaporated milk 2 cups whipping cream and 1 cup mango puree mix all and place in kulfi cones

Awesome idea :) --DK

By Archana on Jun 20, 2012

Hi so amazing..:) Where do we get kulfi molds?Without mold i can t make and i ll link of ur tested recipes on above. i made this..:( Happy to follow u back..plz visit my site and awaiting to hear your comments :)

By sag on Jun 7, 2012

this is my favorite. never thought of preparing at home ,you gave me confidence. btw where did you bought those cones

Got them in my local Indian stores :) --DK

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By rusty on Apr 8, 2012

wow i made this MANGO KULFI n every! a home n myself too loved it....... :-D :-P thanks.......

By Ifan on Apr 7, 2012

No matter what I do, I can't get the milk mixture to thicken. Any tips on this? Stir? Don't stir? Help!

By Swa on Mar 6, 2012

Any substitute for condensed milk

By beena on Mar 5, 2012

Hi, Can I use instant dry milk instead of milk powder. I am unable to find milk powder in the grocery store. I live in Boston. Hopefully can get a response soon. I wanted to make this for Holi this week. Thank you!

Having never used it myself, I do not know - but I dont see why not. It should work! --DK

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By praveena on Feb 12, 2012

Hi.. Lovely blog and a beautiful kulfi.Unfortunately I couldnt these kulfi moulds in my local indian stores.Where in India did u buy these kulfi moulds? do you have any idea where i could find them in India?

By Amanda on Jan 11, 2012

How would this taste with strawberries or another berry? Or even chocolate?

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By mamta aggarwal on Apr 27, 2011

really it z very delicious . me and my family love it a lot . thanks to u . love u . :-P :lol:

By atiya tabassum on Apr 18, 2011

:-P wow mouth watering and i will make it today

By kadhyaa on Apr 17, 2011

8-O yummy my all time fav will surely give it a try...

By Priya Mahadevan on Apr 17, 2011

Incredibly appetizing pics :)

By Gary on Mar 17, 2011

I use your kulfi recipe regularly. It turns out absolutely fabulous. I use "sweetened" condensed milk because I can never find any unsweetened type in the USA but it works out fine. For the mangoes, I use mango pulp, I usually buy this off Amazon since its near impossible to find mango pulp in american stores. Always alphonso mangoes, and the cans seem to come from india itself which is great. Ive noticed a lot of websites have kulfi recipes which don't involve any boiling ! One of them in fact was basically just ice cream + mango, and many of them are yogurt + mango.. almost like a frozen lassi instead of a kulfi. Your recipe on the other hand is perfect - tried and tested. Also a tip for other readers, one time I put the mango pulp in with the rest of the stuff before boiling, and the milk separated (sort of like making cheese), so be sure NOT to put the mango in till after you've boiled, and let it cool down to room temperature. Also for the freezing part make sure you are down to room temperature first, if you put a warm mixture in the freezer it freezes too fast and you get some ice crystals like you do when you refreeze regular icecream. Thanks again for this recipe.

By Morgyn on Jan 29, 2011

Jessica, pineapple does not work. Kulfi is great. I wonder why some enterprising person hasn't brought it out commercially in the US . After all, "nobody ever went broke selling sugar to the American public"

By Ajmal on Nov 10, 2010

how many does this exact recipe serve?

By mandira on Jul 21, 2010

Can I use 2% milk or does it have to be whole milk?

I think it should totally work :)

By Bini Menon on Jul 20, 2010

I was totally against Canned condensed milk idea in the kulfi. I always had an aversion for the condensed milk. Yet I tried this Mango Kulfi according to the recipe.. & it came out just great. It was soo good that the whole 4 kulfis were over within no time. My kids loved it so much. Thanx for the recipe.

By mamta aggarwal on Jul 7, 2010

i love to eat kulfi and ice creams . when i try to make this desert .it z too much delious . :lol: reallyyyyy :-P thanks to Tarla Dalal,who gives us this recepi. 8)

By Kavi on Jul 5, 2010

:) I love Hakka Noodles. So was thrilled to see the recipe. I just added chopped chilli, mushrooms, baby corn and didn't get the sprouts on time to add. But it was yummy. This was my first try to make chinese. Thanx to u I succeeded. Next try on Manchurian and spring rolls! Looking forward to more trials with ur recipes.

By Edeth on Jun 11, 2010

Wow, Kulfi is an extremely unique twist on what I've come to know as ice cream! I had actually not heard of it until today, but now I must go try it out!

By Michelle on Jun 1, 2010

Sounds wonderful. A perfect treat on a hot day.

By Jessica on May 31, 2010

This looks delicious...and easy! I love easy! Would this work with pineapple as well?

By Winny on May 30, 2010

I like kulfis alot, and this sounds a very good recipe... I will try it and hope i will get the expected taste, rather thanks for sharing..........

By Priti on May 29, 2010

Lovely kulfi wow...drooling over now

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By sowmya on May 28, 2010

love it..

By AshaLatha R K Prasad on May 27, 2010

WOW!!!! This is awesome yaar!!!!! Hoo! hooooooOO! SLURPEE!!!! Ash......

By Happy Cook on May 27, 2010

Wowo Ilove kulfi, they look absloutley cold delcious. I love that pic with the kulfi ontop of ice cubes.

By Sonia on May 27, 2010

Thank you for sending me your parcel. Kulfis are really lip-smacking. Now, I'm not licking my monitor now. :mrgreen:

By Geetha on May 27, 2010

Hi Looks very yummy..I was wondering ifI do add the canned mango pulp,can I omit the 1/4 Cup sugar?

Yes, I think I would do the same since those canned ones are extremely sweet :) --DK

By deeba on May 27, 2010

That's awesome goodness on a stick Divya. Have to try mango kulfi this year for sure. I have kulfi molds that I bought from Old Delhi. Great post!!

By shannon abdollmohammadi on May 27, 2010

Wow, they make kulfi molds...that is sooo cool and they look like they would last forever. Where do you get them at? 8)

As I mentioned in the post near the moulds - "You might finds these here in local Indian stores (mostly in larger ones)." :) :) --DK

By Desi Soccer Mom on May 27, 2010

The kulfi sounds yummy. I recently bought an ice cream maker but this one doesn't even need that. Sounds so simple and delicious. Do you have any suggestions for milk pwdr substitution?

Normally I would have said Milk itself as an substitution but I think adding powdered milk adds something to the mixture (though not v sure ;)). But go ahead substitute it with milk itself - 1/4-cup of milk powder to 1 cup of milk is usually the substitute. :) Hope this helps --DK

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By shyam on May 27, 2010

500 litres milk, Dhivs? :) I love kulfi... I really think it's better than regular icecream, much as I love those too :) It does bring on the childish response in me as well!

LOL! trust me to write exactly whats in my mind ;) I wouldnt mind indulging shamelessly when it comes to Kulfi :) :) --DK

By Jagruti on May 27, 2010 to have one right is my far more fav,fruti and with mango I can have anything..:) I've posted one mango panna cotta recipe too just 3 days can come and have a look..