Mango Kulfi

Okay. So about that moment of summer vacation every day thing.

It escalated, unexpectedly.

My beautiful friend-since-tap-dance-class-in-grade-two Jaclyn came to visit in Vancouver, and we have been enjoying the following:

  • long bike rides on the seawall
  • lazy afternoons cloud-watching at the beach, working on our freckles
  • indulgent hours at the spa, pampering our toenails into polished bliss
  • epic swims in the gorgeous kitsilano pool (former swim teamers – go Seabees!)
  • meandering through the city, stopping only for food or booze
  • monumental movie nights, with too much wine and lots of Kettle Corn
  • road-tripping to Whistler to take in breathtaking mountain views
  • pondering the ten years that have gone by since we were joined at the hip in high school…

Hence the lack of blog posts.

But I figure I can make it up to you with Mango Kulfi.

Kulfi is Indian ice cream. Easy and delicious. No ice cream machine required. The mango variety is a beautiful shade of pastel orange, with lots of mango flavour and creamy texture.

The unique flavour of Kulfi comes from cooking down the milk. It concentrates and becomes sweeter. Yum.

Ready for how easy this is?

1. Boil milk & sugar.

2. Stir in pureed mangoes.

3. Freeze.


You also have the option of stirring in pistachios, commonly used in Kulfi. I added them but didn’t love them, so I didn’t include them in the recipe. I found they were an interruption to the creaminess. But feel free to toss in a half cup with the mango if it toots your horn.

Traditional Indian Kulfi is made in little molded metal cups. You can imitate this by freezing the Kulfi in individual serving sized paper cups, running them under warm water for a few seconds to unmold them onto plates.

I churned mine in my ice cream maker this time to see if it made a difference to the texture. It didn’t. You don’t need it.

Cool, creamy kulfi is a perfect finish to a spicy Indian dinner.

Mango Kulfi

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups mango chunks, from 2 large, very ripe mangoes
  • 2 tbsp water

Whisk together cornstarch, whipping cream, milk and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened and slightly reduced, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, puree mango chunks in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Stir mango puree into cream mixture and freeze in individual cups, or you may churn in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Helen Shideler

    yummy – so in about tw and a half week you will make some more? here – on the east Coast?

  • Unhip Squirrel

    Yummmyyyy! I love mango anything!! I really liked meeting Jaclyn… she’s very much an east coaster. Super friendly :)

  • Rmlbrown

    Yuuuummm, I think I some…….

  • The Steaming Pot

    The kulfi looks delish – and I love those blue bowls!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, I love my bowls too. :-)  They were a gift!

  • Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Yum. This kulfi looks scrumptious! I am definitely going to try this. And the no need for an ice cream machine is a nice perk. 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Russell! Hope you like!

  • carswell

    You can skip a couple of steps and ingredients by using sweetened condensed milk. That’s how I do it.

    • Anonymous

      uh… YUM?! Great idea!

  • Tina Francis


    So pumped about this! :) And thrilled that you are getting quality time with your gal pal. You girls look like you are having a blast! Gonna use this for the TGIF sign-off tomorrow! xoxo

    • Anonymous

      Thanks teenbug!! XOX

  • Digital Printing

    Oh la la! A perfect dessert and snacks for a hot day especially when summer. I’m a mango lover ever. It is my favorite fruit since when I was in first grade. Anyway, I’m going to duplicate your recipe and going to present it to my mom.

    • Anonymous

      Great! Let me know how it turns out for you :-)

  • Michelle

    Sounds wonderful.  My son and husband love mango anything, so this will surely be a hit with them.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Michelle, I love mango anything too!

  • Lynn at Southern Fried French

    Well now that is easy, and pretty too.  So is your tap-dancing friend, under the parasol.  Happy rest of summer to you. 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Lynn! Happy summer to you too!

  • loreleiwey

    Oh yum! This looks so easy and tasty!