545. Thandai Kulfi (Ice cream)

March 14, 2016mayurisjikoni
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Bura na mano holi hai

   Its a bit early to post Holi recipes but I’ve just join a new  group #Foodiemonday #bloghop. Every Monday we post a recipe based on the chosen theme. The 31st theme is #Fusionthandairecipes. Its really really hot in Mombasa and the only thing I could think of was something extra extra cold. I decided to make kulfi with my thandai masala. Taking photos was not easy as the kulfi was melting too fast.
Holi, a festival of colors is celebrated by Hindus worldwide. In India its mainly celebrated by throwing, applying, drenching friends and families with different colour powders and coloured water. The true reason for celebrating is lost in all the colour throwing, drinking and partying. In reality, the eve of Holi also known as Holika is when an effigy of Holika is burnt to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Prahlad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu did not burn in the fire while his aunt did(who had a boon that she cannot be destroyed by fire). Many parts of India celebrate the eve of Holi as Phagwah. Putna the evil demon was summoned by Kansa (Lord Krishna’s mama) to breastfeed all the babies in Vrindavan and surrounding areas with poisoned milk. Baby Krishna sucked out not only the poisoned milk but also her blood and she burst into flames. Lord Krishna coloured the face of Radha to show his love to her. Since then, people colour each other with colours.

       I stay away from all the coloured water and powders as they make my skin itch and I hate it when the colour does not come out easily from my skin and hair. Traditionally all the colours were made from natural materials e.g, the green from mehendi leaves, red from palash flowers, yellow from turmeric, pink or purple from beetroot etc. Today’s synthetic colours are not only harmful for the skin and hair but are not environmentally friendly at all. Many plants die because of the coloured water.

We normally celebrate Holi by preparing some nice food to offer to Lord Krishna. Put a small tilak on the forehead and usually there are bhajans at the temple. So I go for that.

Lets strive to bring a more meaningful celebration of Holi by making the lives of near and dear ones more colourful with love, understanding, togetherness and tolerance.

updated 15/06/2016:
I didn’t have mawa (khoya) and wanted to make thandai kulfi for guests. I used condensed milk and milk powder to make the kulfi. Loved it and its so quick to make delicious kulfis. Check out the recipe below.




Makes 8
For the thandai masala:
1 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf, valiyari)
3-4 peppercorns
1 tbsp poppy seeds (khus khus)
a generous pinch of saffron (kesar)
6-8 almonds (badam)
8-12 pistachios
¼ tsp cardamom (elachi)
1 tbsp rose petals
For the kulfi:
2 cups milk
¼ cup sugar
½ cup khoya (mawa, milk solids)
½ cup fresh cream
1-2 tbsp thandai masala powder
1 tbsp rose water

1 tbsp coarse pistachio powder


2 cups milk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup milk powder
1 tbsp rose water
1 tbsp coarse pistachio powder

1-2 tbsp thandai masala

Preparation of the thandai masala:
  1. Roast fennel seeds, peppercorns and poppy seeds over very low heat in a pan or tawa. Roast till the poppy seeds begin to pop.
  2. Remove the mixture from the pan and put it on a plate or in a bowl. Add saffron strands.
  3. Using the same tawa or pan, roast the almonds lightly over low flame. Then roast the pistachios for a few seconds.
  4. Grind all the thandai ingredients to a powder.
Preparation of the kulfi using mawa or khoya:
  1. Heat milk in a pan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Grate khoya and add to the milk.
  3. Add sugar and heat the milk mixture till it becomes thick. Stir the mixture frequently so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the mixture becomes thick, a bit like custard, add the thandai masala, pistachio powder and rose water.
  5. Let the mixture cool down.
  6. Whip the cream lightly.
  7. Add to the milk mixture. Mix well.
  8. Pour the mixture into molds and freeze before serving.
Preparation of kulfi using condensed milk:
  1. Mix milk, sweetened condensed milk and milk powder in a pan.
  2. Mix and make sure there are no milk powder lumps.
  3. Put the pan over medium heat and let the mixture come to a boil.
  4. Let it simmer over low heat till it becomes thick. Make sure you stir the mixture frequently so that the milk does not get burnt at the bottom of the pan.
  5. Take the pan off the heat.
  6. Add thandai masala, rose water and pistachio powder.
  7. Mix well and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  8. Pour into kulfi or lolly molds and freeze it.
  9. Serve garnished with chopped pistachio and rose petals if you like.
  • Add rose petals to the cool mixture if you like.
  • Can freeze the mixture in an airtight container or lolly (pop) molds if you don’t have kulfi molds.
  • Use leftover thandai powder to add to cold milk.
  • Sprinkle thandai powder over vanilla ice cream before serving.
  • Can freeze the mixture in clay pots for a more traditional appeal.
  • I didn’t add extra sugar when I used sweetened condensed milk.
  • Using condensed milk and milk powder instead of khoya gives it a more ice cream texture.
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  • Amrita Roy

    March 15, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Happy Holi to you in advance…lovely thandai recipe

  • Preethi Prasad

    March 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Perfect to beat the heat!! Lovely twist by adding thandai flavour. Happy Holi !!!

  • Alka

    March 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Thandai flavoured kulfi …Happy Holi in advance

  • Mayuri Patel

    March 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Happy Holi to you too Amrita and thank you.

  • Mayuri Patel

    March 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you Preethi.

  • Mayuri Patel

    March 15, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    thank you Alka and Happy Holi to you too.

  • Rupal Patel

    March 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Thanda.. Thanda.. cool.. cool..!! awesome recipe. thanks for sharing.

  • Sujata Roy

    March 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Kulfi looks super yummy. Loved the idea.

  • Flavour Diary

    March 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    it's a mouthwatering treat to have anytime

  • waagmi Soni

    March 16, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Cool cool!!! As I said before I was craving for ice cream and this ice-cream us making me more crazy!!! Lovely share Mayuri!!!

  • waagmi Soni

    March 16, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Cool cool!!! As I said before I was craving for ice cream and this ice-cream us making me more crazy!!! Lovely share Mayuri!!!

  • Jolly Homemade Recipes

    March 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Kulfi looks super cool, wish I could grab one right now…beautiful share!

  • Saswati Hota

    March 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Delicious looking Kulfi Mayuri…and the Thandai is a perfect addition.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    March 16, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I love kulfi, especially danadar kulfi we used to get in India. With the thandai powder it makes more flavourful and adds texture.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Jagruti it does make it very flavorful.

  • chefmireille

    March 18, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I love thandai when I made it a few years ago – I think I am definitely going to prepare this masala powder to start having it again this summer. I love the idea of utilizing it in kulfi

  • themadscientistskitchen

    March 18, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I love kulfis. Takes me back to childhood when we had kulfi from a stall.
    Bookmarking this delicious recipe for kulfi. The thandai makes all the difference does it not?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 19, 2019 at 4:18 am

      Thanks Archana and it does as its an unusual flavor. Please try the recipe.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    March 18, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Wow.. thandai kulfi .. I must make this as thandai is my favourite drink .. we make it always in summer.

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