Kesar Pista Kulfi Recipe

Make this creamy and delicious Kesar Pista Kulfi for the festival of Holi Or Diwali and serve as a indian dessert for parties when you have a great indian spread.

Archana Doshi
Kesar Pista Kulfi Recipe
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Kesar Pista Kulfi Recipe is one of the most delicious frozen Indian desserts that can be had anytime of the year. It is very similar to western ice cream but since kulfi is not whipped it results in a solid, dense, but rich, luscious creamy indian dessert.

The best Kulfi I have tasted are on the streets of Kolkata  where they sell the flavors according to seasons - Lychee Kulfi, Sitaphal (custard apple) Kulfi, Mango Kulfi to name a few. These Kulfis are set in the earthen pots and sealed to be frozen. The earthen pots lend a special flavor to the kulfi which makes them deep and earthy.

If you do plan to make kulfi at home and get hold of earthen pots to make them, go ahead. Else like me you will have to stick to popsicle molds that make an equally good kulfi, but just lack the rustic taste and finish.

Serve the Kesar Pista Kulfi for your Holi or Diwali Party or when you have an elaborate Indian Dinner Menu planned for your parties. You can also serve it to your guests during festival with some delicious appetisers like Paneer Tikka and Chaat items.

If you like looking for Indian Dessert Recipes for parties, you can try some of our favorites.

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  5. Orange Rasmalai Recipe (Indian Cottage Cheese Pudding)

Course: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

60 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

95 M


4 Servings


  • 3 liters Milk , (I use 2% fat)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron strands
  • 2 teaspoons Cardamom Powder (Elaichi) , freshly pounded
  • 1/2 cup Pistachios , finely chopped

How to make Kesar Pista Kulfi Recipe

  1. To begin making the Kesar Pista Kulfi, we will first have to condense the milk. For this heat milk in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring the milk to a boil.

  2. Once the milk comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer the milk with almost continuous stirring and reduce the milk to more than half its quantity. 

  3. It is important to note that during the initial stages of milk condensation frequent stirring is important, but as it begins to start condensing and reaches less than half the quantity it is absolutely important that you stir continuously.

  4. This is because condensed milk tends to get stuck to the bottom and sides of the pan and burn; leading to a very unpleasant taste. Burning of milk is also toxic so you want to be extra careful.

  5. Once it is reduced to about more than half of its quantity stir in the sugar until it dissolves completely. Finally stir in the cardamom powder, saffron and chopped pistachios into the Kulfi milk mixture.

  6. Turn off the heat and allow the kesar pista kulfi mixture to cool completely. Pour the kesar pista kulfi mixture in the moulds until 3/4th full, seal them airtight and freeze them in the refrigerator. The Kesar Pista Kulfi takes a good fifteen hours or more to freeze.  If you get wooden ice cream sticks in the market, you can insert them in and freeze the Kulfis.

  7. Once frozen you can run the kesar pista kulfi moulds under water to enable easy release onto the plate and serve.

  8. Serve the Kesar Pista Kulfi for your Holi or Diwali Party or when you have an elaborate Indian Dinner Menu planned for your parties. You can also serve it to your guests during festival with some delicious appetisers like Paneer Tikka and Chaat items.

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Last Modified On Monday, 01 October 2018 13:21
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