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The other day I had some friends come over for dinner. My friend told me she was going to bring over falooda. I love falooda, but I love it even more with kulfi. I thought why not make some kulfi to go with her falooda. For anyone that doesn’t know, falooda are vermicelli noodles that are soaked in a sweet cream base. It can be served over kulfi ice cream.
Traditional kulfi is eggless and is made with whole fat milk that is reduced over a slow flame with sugar. Nuts and saffron are added to enhance the flavor. Pistachio or mango are common varieties of kulfi. The high sugar content is what makes the kulfi soft without having to create a custard or slow churn the ice cream base.
Since my friend was coming over in the evening, I didn’t have time to make a traditional kulfi. Sometimes kulfi is made with condensed milk and corn starch to reduce the time it takes to slow cook the milk. I ended up making mine with almond flour instead of corn starch. Almond flour served as my thickener and gave it the nutty flavor that it needs. No cooking required! I froze it in popsicle molds. The result was amazing in flavor and it was quick and easy. Here is how I made it:
Quick and Easy Malai Kulfi
- 1 cup blanched almond flour/almond meal (can be purchased at http://amzn.to/2tXSjRP or at a grocery store)
- 1 can (14oz) condensed milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup whole milk (you can substitute lower fat but it won’t be as creamy or use 1 cup half and half)
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- a couple of strands of saffron
Almond flour can be made at home. Boil 1 cup almonds in water for a couple of minutes or soak in water overnight. Rub skins off of almonds. Wait until almonds are completely dry. Run in a blender, food processor, vitamix or coffee bean grinder for 30 second intervals until it is a fine powder. Do not over mix or it will turn into almond butter. I always prefer to just buy it from a grocery store because I can never get the fine consistency as store bought almond flour.