Thursday, 29 March 2018

Dry fruits Kulfi / Homemade creamy ice candies with nuts

Kulfi or ice candies are favorite of kids. Without age limit and anyone will like if one gets it in the hot afternoon. I can have ice cream & candies anytime during any season and they take me to evergreen childhood memories. It reminds me my best primary school friends. Four of us used to buy ice candies sold near our school after lunch and have it together. Today scene has changed. We are scared off to give these candies to our kids unless we trust the brand manufactured them. Obviously, it is important to check if it is safe to have. What if we can easily prepare mouth-watering kulfis at home with healthy ingredients? We need not stop our kids from enjoying them. This is one such recipe and the recipe credit goes to my friend Sowmya. Interesting point is she is one among four of us having candies together!! Thanks Sowmya.

Preparation time: 6 hours
Serves: 6-8 regular kulfis
Full fat milk: 250 ml
Sugar/ powdered Jaggery: 4-6 tsp (Adjust as per your taste)
Horlicks powder – 2 tsp (optional)
Unsalted Dry fruits (Cashew, almonds, pista) – 8-10 each, any two is must
  • Soak dry fruits of your choice in warm water for an hour.  I used cashews & almonds here. You can try various combinations or add other dry fruits as well.
  • Boil milk and keep aside.
  • Take the soaked dry fruits, Sugar (or jaggery) & Horlicks powder in a mixer jar and grind to form smooth paste. Add cream of milk from the boiled milk while grinding for better result.
  • Add the ground dry fruits & sugar paste to the boiled milk. Mix well.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil again. Keep stirring. Switch off the heat when it starts thickening. Allow cooling.
  • When it comes to room temperature, pour the mixture to kulfi mould, close with its lid having stick. Keep in freezer.
  • You can relish the kulfis guilt free after 5 – 6 hours.
  • You can grind the dry fruits coarsely in order to achieve the crunchy texture if you like so.
  • If Kulfis don’t come out cleanly attaching to its stick while unmoulding, dip the form in a glass of hot water and then try.