Mango Kulfi

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A Mango Kulfi recipe that is quick, easy and a cheat’s version made with milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream and sweet tasting mangoes. Make this super simple summer treat with my easy step-by-step photos.

mango kulfi sliced and whole on a white plate on a dark brown napkin

About This Recipe

Kulfi and ice creams are in demand during Indian summers. Kulfi is basically a frozen Indian dessert traditionally made with thickened sweetened milk known as Rabri or dried milk solids called Khoya (Mawa).

The traditional method of making kulfi with rabri takes lot of time as the milk is slow simmered and reduced. You have to frequently stir the milk that gives you a good arm exercise.

The texture of kulfi is not similar to that of Ice Cream. While an ice cream is light, fluffy and soft, a kulfi has a denseness to it. This difference in texture makes the ice cream melt in the mouth while for a kulfi you have to bite into it.

I have already shared Malai Kulfi and the traditional Kulfi Recipe. As compared to these traditional recipes, this no cook mango kulfi is an easy breezy recipe. Quick to whip up and then freeze. You do not need to whipping it the second time.

I have an ice cream book from Dollops which was a gift, for many years. This book has many quick ice cream and kulfi recipes. This mango kulfi recipe is adapted from this book.

In fact, I make kulfi many times during the Indian summers, both with condensed milk and khoya. This quick mango kulfi is made with whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream and of course mangoes.

Add mangoes which will yield a smooth non-fibrous pulp. I used two varieties of Indian mangoes – kesar and alphonso mangoes. Hence the color of the kulfi is a pale yellow. You could make this mango kulfi with any sweet varieties of mangoes.

Since this is a cheat’s version of kulfi, you may find a bit of ice crystals in the kulfi. But you wouldn’t really mind the ice crystals, considering the ease of this recipe.

mango kulfi sliced and whole on a white plate with a steel spoon
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Mango Kulfi

Make the Kulfi Mixture

1. Add 1.5 cups whole milk, sweetened condensed milk (200 grams or 200 ml) and 1 cup chopped mangoes in a blender jar.

TIP: You can use a immersion blender as well to make the mango kulfi mixture.

mango kulfi ingredients in a blender

2. Blend everything until smooth.

blended mango kulfi ingredients

Blend Cream and Flavorings

3. Then add ½ cup cream. You can include light cream, heavy cream or whipping cream.

cream being poured in the blender with a red measuring cup

4. Sprinkle the cardamom powder and crushed saffron. Blend again until the cream is mixed well.

TIP: Do a taste test and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk if you find the sweetness to be less.

If the sweetness is more for your liking, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cream. Give a quick blitz again in the blender.

crushed saffron and cardamom powder added

Pour and Freeze

5. Pour the kulfi mixture in kulfi moulds or small bowls. Cover tightly with a lid or seal with aluminum foil and keep in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours for the kulfi to set.

mango kulfi mixture in moulds

Serving Suggestions

6. To remove the kulfi, place the moulds under running water for some seconds or rub them between your palms. With a butter knife, gently remove the kulfi. Then slice it on a chopping board.

Serve mango kulfi slices In bowls or plates, sprinkled with cardamom powder or crushed saffron.

It can also be paired with cooked falooda sev (thin vermicelli) and soaked sabja seeds. You can also add some rose syrup on the mango kulfi slices while serving.

While serving kulfi you can add some rose water or kewra water (pandanus water) or serve it as it is.

I served mango kulfi plain and made Kulfi Falooda too. We usually have kulfi with falooda sev.

Storage

The leftover mango kulfi can be frozen for a few weeks. You can also make a big batch and freeze mango kulfi for a month.

mango kulfi falooda topped with rose syrup, red cherries, tutti frutti in two bowls on a cream jute cloth
Tips

Expert Tips

  • Milk: I suggest to make the mango kulfi with whole milk. It is best to avoid skimmed or low fat milk. Whole milk has more fat proportion that helps in giving a creamy and rich texture.
  • Cream: You can make this mango kulfi recipe with light cream, whipping cream or heavy cream.
  • Mangoes: Always use sweet tasting mangoes when you make desserts or sweet dishes with it. Slightly tangy or sour mangoes can give stomach-aches when mixed with dairy products. For a smooth, creamy kulfi, ensure that the mangoes are not fibrous.
  • Flavorings: Customize and make flavor variations in this recipe. Add some vanilla if you fancy. A mango essence or extract would be great too. Omit cardamom or saffron if you do not have it.
  • Scaling: Make a small portion or a large batch of this recipe easily. You can even make ahead a large batch and freeze the mango kulfi for a month.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Any brand of sweetened condensed milk works well here.

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Mango Kulfi (Quick, No Cook Recipe)

Quick, easy and a cheat's version of making delicious Mango Kulfi with milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream and mangoes.
4.82 from 22 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Desserts
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 5
Units

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups milk (whole milk)
  • 200 grams sweetened condensed milk (milkmaid) – ½ a can (tin) or a bit more than ¾ cup
  • ½ cup cream – light, whipping or heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or 4 green cardamoms crushed finely in a mortar
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1 pinch saffron strands – crushed (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Blend everything except the cream, cardamom powder and saffron in a blender till smooth.
  • Then add the cream, cardamom powder and saffron.
  • Blend until the cream is mixed and incorporated well in the mixture.
  • Do a taste test and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk if you find the sweetness to be less. If the sweetness is more for your liking, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cream. Blend again.
  • Pour the kulfi mixture in kulfi moulds or small bowls.
  • Cover tightly with a lid or seal with aluminium foil. Keep in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours for the kulfi to set.
  • Once set, serve the mango kulfi.
  • To remove the mango kulfi, place the moulds under running water for some seconds or rub them between your palms. With a butter knife, gently remove the kulfi.

Serving suggestions

  • Slice and serve the kulfi In bowls or plates, sprinkled with cardamom powder or crushed saffron.
  • It can also be paired with cooked falooda sev (thin vermicelli) and soaked sabja seeds. You can also add some rose syrup on the mango kulfi slices while serving.
  • While serving kulfi you can add some rose water or kewra water (pandanus water) or serve it as it is.
  • I served mango kulfi both plain and made Kulfi Falooda too. We usually have kulfi with falooda sev.

Storage

  • Any leftover mango kulfi can be frozen for some weeks. You can also make a big batch and freeze mango kulfi for a month

Notes

  • Milk: Make the mango kulfi with whole milk and not skimmed or low fat milk. Whole milk has more fat proportion that gives a creamy and rich texture. 
  • Cream: Add light cream, whipping cream or heavy cream. The recipe works with any of these types of cream. 
  • Mangoes: Use sweet tasting mangoes when you make desserts or sweet dishes. Slightly tangy or sour mangoes can give stomach-aches in combination with dairy products. For a smooth, creamy kulfi, make sure that the mangoes are not fibrous.
  • Flavorings: Customize and make flavor variations in this recipe. Add some vanilla extract if you like. A mango essence or extract would be great too. Skip cardamom or saffron if you do not have it.
  • Scaling: Make a small portion or a large batch of this recipe easily. You can even make ahead a large batch and freeze the mango kulfi for a month.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Any brand of sweetened condensed milk works well in the recipe.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Mango Kulfi (Quick, No Cook Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 321mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 932IU19%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 3µg3%
Calcium 216mg22%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 23µg6%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 23mg6%
Phosphorus 182mg18%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This mango kulfi recipe from the blog archives (Jun 2014) has been republished and updated on 2 April 2021.

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55 Comments

  1. I just want to say I follow ur receipes and they are simply over by my family!!!You r a superb cook and hats off to you! So we’ll explained step by step receipes shows your immense passion and talent in cooking. Also I admire the due credits you give to anybody when you share or follow their receipes keep up the good work & stay blessed always!!!

    1. Thanks Suwarna for your kind words and appreciation. I believe that it is always a good practice to give credit links. Its ethical as well as honest way of blogging.

  2. Hello dear,
    Thanks for sharing such a nice & quick recipe. I tried yesterday and result was quite good. Only one problem was there that ice crystals were there in the kulfi. What would be the reason? what we can do to avoid ice crystal? Should we remix the half set kulfi in the mixer or should i use milk powder instead of milk (as mentioned in one of the previous comment), please tell the quantity then.
    Anupam5 stars

    1. anupam, ice crystals happen when there is some water content in the kulfi or ice cream mixture. firstly not much space should be there between the lid and the kulfi mixture in the kulfi moulds. also you can beat the kulfi mixture after its half set. it does reduce the probability of having ice crystals. you can use milk powder or khoya (mawa) also. since condensed milk is already used in the recipe, 1/3rd cup of milk powder should be fine.

  3. Tried this out and the result was totally heavenly! Thank you so much for this recipe Dassana!5 stars

    1. nice to know purnima and thanks for sharing your feedback. welcome ????