Kesar Pista Kulfi

August is almost ending, however there seems to be no respite from the summer heat. More than the heat, it is the humidity which is really unbearable. Even thinking about going for a walk for some bout of fresh air is like a horror! You will come back drenched and literally bathing in sweat even at nights! Hopefully, within the next couple of weeks, things should ease though summer officially stays in this part of the world till mid October at least!


After having made the Chana Dal Halwa as a part of the SNC – South vs North Challenge – a brainchild of Divya Pramil of You Too Can Cook, I was never able to participate in any of them that followed. A lot of factors contributed to not being able to participate in the challenges. However, this time when Shruthi of Shruthi’s Rasoi declared the challenge of the month, I just couldn’t hold myself. First of all it had been ages since I had made ice cream and then it becomes a chance to participate in the challenge after so long. So here it is!!! I absolutely enjoyed making it, pouring it into the popsicles and licking the pan I made the mixture in… It tasted too good then also! Since my cousins discovered the kulfi in the fridge and had eaten a couple of them, I ensured that I took a picture of at least one of it before the whole lot disappeared!!! πŸ˜‰


Kesar Pista Kulfi

Course Ice Cream
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 750 ml milk
  • 1/3 can condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp saffron streaks
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios chopped


  • Mix the cornflour into a smooth paste using 100 ml milk.
  • Heat 50 ml milk and soak the saffron strands.
  • Mix the remaining milk along with the condensed milk and sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to boil.
  • Keep boiling, scraping the sides to collect the cream till the mixture becomes 3/4.
  • Add in the cornflour mixture and mix well till the milk thickens.
  • Add in the cardamom, saffron milk and the shelled pistachios.
  • Cook for a couple of minutes more and switch off the flame.
  • Allow the mixture to cool. Pour into popsicles and freeze overnight till set.
  • To release from the popsicles, dip it in a glass of hot water for 30 seconds and pull it out. Dump it in!!! πŸ™‚


I didn't add the rosewater as mentioned in the original recipe, simply because I didn't have it. But I know it would have added a more yummy flavor into the kulfi if added. Nonetheless, the kulfis were lipsmacking!

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  1. Looks beautiful rafee.. Wish to have right away those mouth melting kulfis! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much sangeetha… πŸ™‚

  2. Awesome pic rafee…….

    1. Thank u so much shaai…

  3. No respite from the heat here too..:-) The kulfi looks delicious and perfectly done Rafee…

    1. Thank u so much rekha.. πŸ™‚

  4. My all time favourite kulfi, it has come out perfect… I too made this last week but did to get the chance to click….

    1. Thank u so much razina…

  5. Kesar kulfi looks awesome and tempting…

    1. Thank u so much priya…

  6. Looks delicious and yummy, nicely done.

    1. Thank u so much sona..

  7. yummy flavoured kulfi…

    1. Thank u so much preeti…

  8. wow..looks yumm and I wish to grab it now from the screen. perfectly done dear..

    1. Thsnk u so much suhaina…

  9. Its been raining quite often over here and I am enjoying the chilled atmosphere. I have to make this. My tin of condensed milk is sitting comfortably in my pantry for a long time and its time to make use of it.

    Only thing I don't have the popsicles but I can sort find another mold.Its delish especially the burst of cardamom, one of my fav.

    1. U can just pour them in2 plastic cups, dat shud work.. πŸ™‚ thanks a lot nava…

  10. Kulfi looks prefect and super creamy πŸ™‚ love to have this mouth melting kulfi's any time πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much manjula… πŸ™‚

  11. looks yum! can I hv one?

    1. Thank u so much veena…

  12. Wow kulfi looks yumm!I wish I got it right now as my place is also going through a heat wave.

    1. Thank u so much meena…

  13. a very yummy n temtping kulfi dear, made very well….

    1. Thank u so much nayana…

  14. It looks perfect. I also made kulfi day before yesterday but result disappointed me. you made perfect one

    1. Thank u so much resna… do try this, it turned 2 good!

  15. Looks very tempting dear! love its creamy juicy look!!

    1. Thank u so much suja…

  16. Very yummy and delicious kulfi..tempting:)

    1. Thank u so much usha… πŸ™‚

  17. Kulfi's have turned out amazing rafee…i am a big fan for this

    1. Thank u so much divya…

  18. You guys are pulling me to make some kulfi again, feel like relishing some.

    1. Thank u so much akka.. regret the temptation!!! πŸ˜€

  19. Bringing back the memories of childhood… Those late evening walks near by Kankaria lake n having kesar-pista kulfi every now n then!!! Super post, Rafeeda!!! Transported me back to those golden days… πŸ™‚

    Don't miss to participate in ongoing event with a giveaway @ πŸ™‚

    1. Glad 2 know shruthi… πŸ™‚

  20. Kulfi looks perfect for a sweltering day! It has been extremely hot here in Dallas too. I am sooo ready for fall now:)

    1. Me 2 sal… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much babitha…

    1. Thank u so much jeya…

  21. Wonderful delicious treat, looks fantastic. This reminds me of my kulfi recipe that is sitting in my drafts πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

  22. Pass me here. love to have it anytime

    1. Thank u so much chitra…

  23. Oooh, that is a lovely kulfi Rafee. We have been having a rather cold weather here for some days although the temperatures are tipping more towards a hotter scale now. Time to make a frozen treat πŸ˜‰

    1. 4 me, hot or cold, I'm always in 4 icecream!!! Thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  24. Kulfi looks beautiful ! wish i could grab it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much reni… πŸ™‚

  25. ha! This is interesting :D, have to says this delicious and perfect during the hot weather! yum

    1. Thank u so much shazzy… πŸ™‚

  26. yummy,even while it is raining we are tempted by the delicious kulfis you have made,makes us drool…so yummy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much preeta…

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  27. Perfectly made, looks so tempting dear !

    1. thank u so much chitz…

  28. kulfi looks very yummy…

    1. thank u so much rumana…

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