Kulfi is a traditional Indian dessert that is similar to ice cream. I'd never heard of it before, but came across the recipe when I had a gift subscription to The Spicery. This gets you a 'spicebox' every month, where you receive a variety of packets of spices along with the suggested recipes to use them with. I thought this was a great idea as nothing puts me off trying new recipes like having to shell out on expensive jars of spice only to use a pinch, or even worse, not being able to get my hands on them at all. Plus it's a great way of trying out lots of new weird and wonderful spices you've never heard of! (Not a sales pitch by the way, the subscription was bought for me as a gift. I would have continued it, but just can't justify it with house buying and wedding saving!)
I thought the Kulfi looked great on the recipe card - so pretty and pink, and seemed quite simple to make to boot. Here's the recipe - unfortunately not the most helpful, as the spices were provided ready measured in the kit, I don't know the quantities! However, it might be useful for anyone who knows their spices, or who just wants to see how it's made!
800g roughly chopped strawberries, plus a few handfuls for serving
juice of 1 lime
397g tin condensed milk
Long pepper, crushed finely in a pestle and mortar
Pink pepper, crushed coarsely in a pestle and mortar
1. Place 800g of strawberries in a blender and blend to a smooth puree
2. Place the condensed milk, 1 tbsp sugar, cardamom and 3/4 of the long pepper into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent it from catching on the bottom of the pan.
3. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the strawberry puree and half the lime juice.
4. Pour into 4 ramekins and freeze for at least 2-3 hours.
5. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar, the remaining lime juice, a pinch of pink pepper and the remaining long pepper over the remaining strawberries.
6. Remove the ramekins from the freezer around half an hour before serving, and serve with some of the chopped strawberries on the side and a sprinkle of pink pepper.
I've not made this again due to not being bothered to look out for the spices, but writing this up has made me want to! It was such a unique flavour, the sweetness of the strawberries contrasted so well with the warmth of the spice, and even though it looks like a summery dessert I think it would work just as well in winter too.
I've had this post kicking around in my drafts folder for some time now, and as soon as the Alphabakes September letter was announced I was on to it like a shot! Alphabakes is hosted by Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes, with Ros being this month's host. As you might have guessed, this month's letter is K.
I'm also sending this over to the Spice Trail, hosted by Bangers and Mash, with the September theme being A Taste of India.