Saying that I love my kids’ teachers is an understatement. I don’t think I fully grasped the importance of a great teacher until this school year. Watching the indelible impressions made on my children day after day by the most caring, nurturing and thoughtful group of educators I have ever come across, is a blessing I shall always be grateful for.
One of my favorite things about Kenya and Chloe’s school is that they encourage both the teachers and families to share the traditions and celebrations that are meaningful to them. One of Kenya’s teachers is from India and a holiday that is special to her is Holi. Holi, which is also known as the Festival of Colors, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. For the Holi celebration, each family was asked to bring something for everyone to eat pot luck style. There were a wide array of delectable Indian dishes including potato curry, mango lassi, rice, lentils, (Masoor dal) tandoori, samosas and several different chutneys which kids and parents alike devoured.
I was asked to make Kulfi, a frozen dessert that has a base similar to ice cream, but without all the air whipped into it, so it is dense and solid. Kenya’s teacher said it was one of her favorite treats growing up as a child, so I felt a lot of pressure to not botch it! Kulfi comes in all sorts of flavors like pistachio, cardamom and mango, but Kenya’s teacher really wanted her all time favorite, plain, which is simple and sweet.
Realizing it might be challenging for me to try to make kulfi for so many kids and adults in my popsicle molds (hunting down 40 sticks after the party was not my idea of a good time), I just poured the mixture into individual Dixie cups, placed wooden sticks in the centers, popped them in the freezer and a few hours later they were ready. All the kids had to do was peel off the paper cup and enjoy.
As good as the pops were, the party was even more amazing. It was a blast watching the kids run around, paint their bodies, put on bindis and enjoy a host exciting dishes, many of which they had never tried before. It was a beautiful, bright day full of color, magic and flavor that I will never forget. Here’s to the teachers!
Here’s a few sweet faces that visually describe how yummy they can be on a warm summer day_
Kulfi Ice Pops
- 1 can (12-ounce) evaporated milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
BTW we boil milk on low flame for very long time, till milk reduces, and have to constantly keep an eye on it and keep stirring. Can’t believe we just have to mix the ingredients, and it tastes even better than the long process.
I am from India, and live in US now. This tastes so original. It tastes like the authentic kulfi we get in India. Very nice recipe. Catherine you are awesome. I added approx, little bit of ground almond and pistachio powder to it, it gives a nice taste.
I’d never heard of these before, but they’ve become a big hit in our house. I think the can sizes differ in Canada and the US, so I do approximations and the results have been great! We’ve added vanilla and mint extract, and it’s hard to choose a favourite. 🙂
You could try whole milk, but it will be a different consistency and flavor.
Any substitution for heavy cream? Have all the ingredients but that.
Amazon has food-safe ice pop sticks for $5!! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B000MMKPEC
anyone know where to get popsicle sticks? went to publix and walmart and they only sell craft ones.. when i called the company they said they should not be used for food purposes
One of my favourite dishes in summers!!! My mom used to make it at home everyday with variations!
I made these and the kids loved them. I added a bit of vanilla extract, they were the perfect size, and not as “drippy” as popsicles according to my daughter. thanks
Thank you for another great recipe!
So I made these with my daughter 2 nights ago and we sampled them last night! SO good! My daughter loved them! We put in concentrated grapefruit juice to make them pink and give them a little tang. Perfect!
Made these last night. So easy and the family loved them. Made two batches and we actually couldn’t wait for the first to freeze completely, so we had a kind of kulfi soup.
So yummy though!
So excited. We too, are from India. Never knew how easy this dish was to make. I take my kids to the Indian grocery store every friday to have it as a summer treat. Now, I can just make it!
Pistachio kulfi-delicious! This is a great base that you can add a ton of different ingredients to like mango, fresh fruit or even chocolate pieces, decadent!
i miss kulfi…it is my fave..esp pistachio… didn’t realize it was that simple to make.. Thanks Catherine!!
My little guy is gonna love these! He’s really into home-made popsicles these days, and enjoys plain flavors like this one. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
these sound like the perfect summer treat. love that they’re so easy to make.
I wonder if anyone has tried popping pops like these into cupcake liners once ready to eat for the smaller kiddos? (drips have their place but you might not want them to melt everywhere on a warm day)
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Hey for the gluten free version im sure if you tried coconut milk and almond milk and added some whipped egg you’d get the same result! i make ice cream this way for my kids and its smoothy creamy and would definatly freeze into a popsicle nicely! 🙂
Catherine thank you for all your recipes.
it may be possible to make this with SoyMilk, SoyYogurt, and honey. I’ll try that with a thick fruit like a mango. I am GFDF also.
Oh that looks good! If only there was a dairy free version lol 🙂 I have managed to make a lot of your recipes GFDF but this is one i will have to look at longingly from the sidelines…
I have only made the original, plain version myself which is sweet and creamy on its own!
Can’t wait to try this! Have you experimented with any other flavors? Ie Mint chocolate, or is it too sweet?
That sounds and looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.
It’s a good one b/c you only need three ingredients!
Looks tasty. Next time I’m shopping I’ll get the ingredients and make it.
Oh my……this looks wonderful for the summer heat in Florida! Thank you for all your awesome and nutritious recipes!
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Oh! I will be making these for my husband on Father’s Day! He will be so happy!! I didn’t realize how easy they were! On a side note, have you announced the winners for the last couple of giveaways?
My school is like that too. Apparently it is state law here in NC… I guess it was created due to allergy sufferers, but I’m sure there’d be plenty of lobbying against it from retail if it were attempted to be changed. 🙁 I hate not being able to make Weelicious goodies for the kids.
How cool! My son’s school only allows pre-packaged commercially prepared food (read: processed crap) to be brought in. It’s sad that that kind of food is considered “safer”. We live in a crazy backward world. Thanks for sharing, those look yummy!!
You just mix in pureed mango, or finely ground pistachio. Whatever flavor you want!
Sounds yummy and simple to make! How do you add flavor?
Thank you for this recipe! My family is from India and kulfi is a favorite treat. Didn’t realize how simple it is to make!