Saturday, May 14, 2011

White Chocolate Matka Kulfi


Kulfi is a very popular milk based dessert from Indian Subcontinent. Kulfi has similarities to ice cream in appearance and taste, but is denser and creamier (Source: Wiki). Unlike ice cream, Kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert similar to traditional custard based ice-cream. Thus, it is sometimes considered a distinct category of frozen dairy-based dessert. Due to its density, Kulfi takes a longer time to melt than a regular ice-cream. Most popular flavor for Kulfi is Pistachio & nuts based.

Traditional Pistachio Kulfi served like Ice Cream here.

I like doing my Kulfis in a Matki (Little earthen pots) & this is a regular feature of our summer meals. Freezing the kulfi in an earthen cup (Matki) is the traditional way of doing it, if you don't have these available you can use easily available moulds for Ice pops.

This time I tried a fusion & added white chocolate to my recipe & the result was great. Apart from complimenting the flavor of milk & nuts, White chocolate adds a bite & increases the mouth feel of our wonderful dessert.


Ingredients
4 cups whole milk 
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar 
6 Cardamom Pods
1/4 cup Chopped almonds
1/4 cup Unsalted/Shelled Pistachios chopped 

Little Matki's do the Magic

Method
Crush cardamom pods in a mortar. 
Heat milk and crushed cardamom pods together in a pan; bring to boil, then simmer vigorously until liquid is reduced to 1/3 of original amount. Strain the liquid into a heat-proof bowl filtering to remove cardamon, then stir in the sugar and chocolate chips until melted.
Add the almonds and pistachios to the mix & let it simmer for 10 mins on low heat, then leave to cool.
Pour the Kulfi mix in freezer for at least until firm, stirring every 30mins (should take ~1.5 to 2 hrs to firm up)
Pack the firmed up mixture into each of 5 cups (Matkis), cover tight with Aluminium Foil and tie it with a thread to make sure foil doesn't come off. Let the Matkis freeze for 8 hours and the mix would turn completely solid.


To serve, Leave the Matki cups out for 15-20 min to thaw, 
Sprinkle with some crushed pistachios and almonds and serve in Matki itself.

An inviting bite of Kulfi is all you need this Summer !!!

White Chocolate complements the flavors of caramelized milk really well.
And the nuts add the crunch to our Kulfi.
This can sure be a star of your Dinner Party, Hope you give it a try & let me know how you like it !!!




34 comments:

  1. They look awesome....am drooling here..

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  2. delicious looking kulfis can't wait for the weather to get better to start making kulfis and ice cream
    lovely addition of chocolate

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  3. wow....
    looks delicious dear :)
    nice clicks....

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  4. Love this kulfi...my favourite, and adding white chocolate chips is a nice idea..the matkis are looking so cute.

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  5. I love kulfi but a lot of restaurants only have ones flavored with mango, and I can't eat it. I love the idea of adding white chocolate, and I also love your little pots.

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  6. I hv d same pots..kulfi looks sooooper delicious in those pots..yummy

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  7. What an absolute beauty! Must taste divine

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  8. So exotic & divine!!!! Looks so so good!!!
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  9. Holy smokes. That looks sooooo good. I can just imagine how lovely the cardamom and the white chocolate taste together. Love the little earthen pots, too. So cuto!

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  10. Fantastic presentation and photos are amazing making this even more delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday!

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  11. MArvellous and beautiful presented fabulous looking addictive kulfis..

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  12. This looks like a tasty ice cream recipe. Yum!

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  13. This looks like a tasty ice cream recipe. Yum!

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  14. Kufi looks so yummy and the matki looks so beautiful.

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  15. I love Love Love when you post dishes like this. Ones I have never heard of before and ones that inspire me to try something new. I can't tell you how good this looks! AMAZING and so pretty!

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  16. I'm with Kitchen on this post, Sonia. I simply adore discovering new dishes especially when they are shared in such a gorgeous presentation such as this.

    I will save this recipe and perhaps try it when the summer heat arrives.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  17. Yes please! I'll take about three of those little pots. :)

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  18. The matka is really nice sonia, looks so appealing this kulfi!definitely a must try!

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  19. Thank You so much for loving the matkis and the kulfi !

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  20. I love Kulfi..esp when they are served in Matkas...the addition of the white chocolate is really tempting me to try it out. ANd beautiful matkas u got there :)

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  21. I love the cute little pots! This sounds as good as icecream to me :)

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  22. I've enjoyed kulfi from the store before and loved it -- been wanting to try my own for a while. Love yours in their cute little pots!

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  23. Wow so yummy kulfi..and so cute lil pots..

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  24. ohhh wow .. hubby will LOVE LOVE those. I don't have those matkas :( looks soooo cute gurl!

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  25. Hi Sonia! When you take pictures, even the picture of simple containers looks like a piece of art. I've never tried Kulfi, but oh it looks so delicious! I will know what it is next time I heard about this, and I can't wait to try this one day...

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  26. It's really delicious when you add white chocolate chips on ice creams. Where did you buy those Little Matki anyway?

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  27. This recipe is awesome. So milky and creamy and refreshing... wonderful for hot summers. I did not have matkis so I used small round canning jars. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  28. I know they're supposed to be dessert, but I can eat so much of those it would count as the main dish.

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  29. I have to agree with Kartika. I love the gratuitous amount of milk and cream in this recipe.

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  30. The matkas look beautiful. Can you let me know where you buy them from?

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  31. This ice creams are pretty appetizing, where can I buy them? Those pot containers are the give away for this to be a good additional menu for long island clubs.

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