Malai Kulfi, An Indian Popsicle



It’s starting to warm up here in the good ole Ham. We had a couple of days it got up to 80 last week, but then it got cold again. Today it is supposed to be around 77. I am dreading the moment where it will be nothing but nasty sweaty humid heat. I think one day last year it got up to 111, and that was just not fun.

So for all you people out there looking for ways to beat the heat, or if you just want a sweet treat, here is a recipe for a typical Indian popsicle, Malai Kulfi. Milk with cardamom. Yum yum. They won’t be exactly like the kulfis you get in India, but they will taste delicious.


  • popsicle molds
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup dry milk powder, such as mawa
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • a little less than a tsp of cardamom powder, and if you like actually biting into cardamom, go ahead and set some seeds aside
  • 1/4-1/3 chopped pistachios, you can also use almonds
  • rooh afza, optional

To Make:

In a large pot, bring the milk to a boil along with the condensed milk and mawa. When it is at a rolling boil, add the sugar and cardamom. Stir and reduce the heat to a steady simmer. Stir frequently for 10-13 minutes, making sure milk doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and let it cool until it is at room temp.

Divide the pistachios evenly into the popsicle molds. Do the same for cardamom seeds, if adding. Pour the milk into the molds. Freeze for several hours until they are solid. You might need to run them under warm water for a few seconds to get the popsicles out.

If you like rose flavor, you can add a dash of rooh afza to the molds and stir in milk. IMG_20130421_170000



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