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Saffron and Cardamom Frozen Dessert Recipe (Kesar Elaichi Kulfi)

Saffron and cardamom frozen dessert (kesar elaichi kulfi)

Saffron and cardamom frozen dessert (kesar elaichi kulfi)

What Is Kesar Elaichi Kulfi

Kulfi (also spelled qulfi) is a traditional Indian sweet.

At first appearance, it may resemble ice cream, and indeed both treats are frozen, but kulfi is made with thickened milk without the cream.

Traditionally, full-cream milk is used to prepare kulfi. Nowadays, however, some people prefer low-calorie foods, so kulfi can be prepared with skim (nonfat) milk.

Kulfi can be made with different flavours. Some of the more popular ones include saffron, pistachio, mango, rose water, and malai.

Natural food ingredients, natural colours and natural flavours are used to prepare this delicious sweet.

Since no cream is used when making this sweet, it does not melt as quickly as ice cream does.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

40 min

1 hour 10 min

4 servings


  • 1 litre full-cream or low fat milk
  • 5 to 7 strands saffron
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 green cardamom pods, powdered
  • 10 almonds, finely chopped


  1. Boil the milk in a thick-bottomed vessel, and then reduce the heat to the minimum. Keep stirring until it reduces to half the quantity. Make sure that the thickened milk does not stick to the bottom or the sides of the cooking vessel.
  2. Add the sugar and stir for more time. Add the powdered green cardamom and saffron strands. Remember to remove the cover of the green cardamom before grinding them.
  3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Pour the mixture into a container to go in the freezer. Make sure that the container has an airtight lid. This is to prevent the ice crystals from forming on the surface.
  4. After about 30 minutes, take out the mixture and mix thoroughly by hand or in the electric mixer. The mixture should have frozen to almost half by this point. Return the mixture in the freezer. This is an important step, as it breaks down the ice crystals. You should repeat this process at least three times. This helps to make the mixture smooth and creamy.
  5. Finally, let the mixture freeze completely. It takes around 1 hour before it is ready to serve. The freezing time of the mixture may vary. Before serving, you may check by inserting a toothpick to see if it’s completely frozen or not.
  6. Serve with chopped almonds or any other dried fruit of your choice. You may top it with some honey.
Ingredients for kesar elaichi kulfi: milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom, chopped nuts.

Ingredients for kesar elaichi kulfi: milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom, chopped nuts.

The prepared mixture is ready to be frozen

The prepared mixture is ready to be frozen

The saffron and cardamom kulfi is ready to serve

The saffron and cardamom kulfi is ready to serve

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Stainless steel kulfi moulds

Stainless steel kulfi moulds

The Grand Finale of the Meal

Desserts are an essential part of a lavish meal. No meal can be complete without a sweet dessert, whether it be ice cream, cake, pudding, chocolate, or another type of sweet.

We may consider the dessert to be the grand finale of a wonderful meal.

Indians love their sweets, and there are a great many that are especially meant for auspicious occasions—or even no occasion at all.

Kulfi is also a popular street food in India. Traditionally, hawkers used ice blocks rather than freezers to keep their kulfis frozen. Nowadays, however, kulfi can easily be made at home with metal or plastic moulds that can be ordered online.

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