Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi

July 18, 2021mayurisjikoni
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Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi is a creamy, delicious frozen treat flavored with almonds, saffron, pistachio and cardamom. Easy to make, it never fails to impress my family and friends. Homemade kulfi is the best as it has no artificial flavorings or colors. Trust me, all the patience of boiling down the milk to half its quantity is well worth.

Here’s a tip: use a wide pan like a wok or kadai to make the process faster.


What is a Kulfi?

Kulfi or Qulfi is a traditional ice cream from the Indian Sub Continent. Slightly more dense than the usual ice cream we know. But it is creamy and with a smooth texture and amazing flavour.  Traditionally made by boiling full fat milk and reducing it to half its quantity, with addition of spices like cardamom, saffron nuts and  sometimes rose water is added. Cream or khoya (mawa) is added to thicken the milk further.

Just using almonds, pistachio, saffron and cardamom you can create so many variations. Make it using just almonds, or only pistachios. If you don’t like cardamom then use only saffron. Possible variations are countless. Also can use other nuts like cashew nuts.

Modern versions are made with full fat cream and condensed milk. These days you’ll find a variety of fruity flavors like mango, strawberry, jackfruit, etc. Even chocolatey ones are so yummy.

After a spicy, tangy, chaat dish, we normally love to have a sweet flavorful kulfi.

Do I Need A Special Mould For The Kulfi?

Not at all. Use popsicle moulds that you have. Traditionally, kulfi is frozen in clay pots. So you can use clay pots too. But if you have kulfi moulds, definitely use those. Use small paper cups, cover with foil and insert a lolly stick. My kulfi moulds are over 40 years old.. yup inherited from my mother in law. Kulfi moulds are easily available online.. try Amazon.

Some Kulfi Recipes To Check Out

Chikoo Kulfi/ Sapodilla Kulfi – a kulfi recipe using fresh cream and fresh fruit puree.

Thandai Kulfi – using homemade thandai powder, khoya and fresh cream.

Mango Kulfi – here I’ve used fresh mango puree, evaporated milk and fresh cream.

Quick Kulfi Recipe – using condensed milk, milk powder and fresh fruit puree.


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Theme: Let’s Celebrate National Ice Cream Day.

This year the National/ International Ice Cream Day falls on 18th July, so make sure you enjoy a frozen treat of your choice, be it an ice cream, sorbet, kulfi or popsicles. I suggested this theme to the group and I think its come at the right time. Summer temperatures are soaring in Montreal and we definitely need something cooling. My contribution for the theme is Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi, a popular dessert with my family and friends.

This post was first published on 01/12/2012. While the recipe remains the same, I’ve added new photos and written the post in a more constructed manner.

Till a couple of years ago, I had no idea that there was a National Ice Cream Day. Yes it actually exists and if you google some even call it the International Ice Cream Day. Anything just to enjoy a frozen treat.. don’t you agree?

National Ice Cream Month and Day initiated by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky in 1984 is celebrated world wide. Furthermore, in the same year President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as the National Ice Cream Month and July 15th as the National Ice Cream Day. Nowadays National Ice Cream Day falls on the third Sunday of July.

Here’s How The Rest Of The Members Are Celebrating National Ice Cream Day:


Ingredients Required For Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi

  • Full Fat Milk – full fat milk or whole which is normally 3% and higher.
  • Khoya – or mawa. Usually made by boiling full fat milk till it becomes solid or milk powder is mixed with cream to make a solid milk mass. Khoya or mawa is what adds to the creaminess of the kulfi. Ready made khoya is easily available in Indian Stores.
  • Sugar – add according to your taste. Here I usually use normal white sugar.
  • Almonds – badam
  • Pistachios – pista
  • Nutmeg powder – jaiphal
  • Cardamom Powder – elachi
  • Saffron – kesar






Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi is a creamy, delicious frozen treat flavored with almonds, saffron, pistachio and cardamom. Easy to make, it never fails to impress my family and friends. Homemade kulfi is the best as it has no artificial flavorings or colors.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Freezing Time: 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 kulfis


  • 1 litre full fat milk
  • 1 cup mawa/khoya grated
  • cup sugar
  • 6-8 almonds
  • 8-10 pistachios
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp saffron


  • Put milk in a heavy bottom wok/ kadai or a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Remove about 2 tbsp of the hot milk and add to a small bowl. Add the saffron to it. Allow the saffron to infuse into the milk.
  • Lower the heat and let the milk simmer till it becomes half the quantity. In between don't forget to stir the milk so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Also keep scraping the milk solid that develops on the sides of the pan and add to the milk.
  • This will take about 10 -15 minutes in a kadai. It will take longer if you are using a saucepan.
  • While the milk is simmering, process the almonds and pistachios into a coarse powder. You can use a mortar and pestle, chop it up roughly using a sharp knife or use a food processor.¼
  • Add grated khoya and sugar to the reduced milk. Mix well.
  • At this point you will find that the mixture becomes more liquid. Don't worry it will become thick as you allow it to simmer for further 10 -15 minutes.
  • By now you should have a thick custard like mixture.
  • Add the coarsely chopped nuts, saffron milk, nutmeg and cardamom powders to the mixture.
  • Mix well. Allow the mixture to cool down a bit, especially if you are going to use metal moulds.
  • Spoon the mixture into the moulds.
  • Put the moulds in the freezer.
  • The kulfi will freeze within 4-6 hours.
  • To serve, dip the mould in warm water. Run a knife along the edges and the kulfi will come out.
  • Slice it up and serve.


  • Serve with chopped nuts.
  • Add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts instead of almonds, pistachios,saffron, cardamom and nutmeg.
  • Add ½ cup of thick fruit puree to the cold mixture.
  • Add about ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips to the hot mixture. Mix well. The chocolate will melt and you'll get chocolate kulfi.
  • Add chopped dried fruits like raisins, sultana, figs, etc.
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  • Colleen – Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

    July 18, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I’m definitely ready to try making this. It sounds absolutely amazing…and I LOVE PISTACHIOS!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 20, 2021 at 3:44 am

      Go ahead and make it Colleen a totally different kind of ice cream from the usual soft creamy ones.

  • Karen @Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    July 19, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I love the shapes and colors of these. I’m always learning something new reading your recipes. Thanks for the great theme.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 20, 2021 at 3:42 am

      Thank you Karen.

      1. Lata Lala

        July 28, 2021 at 4:16 pm

        5 stars
        The classic badam kesar pista kulfi is my favorite. Summer season is incomplete without these and what better recipe than this one to have on National Ice cream day. I could feel the taste of khoya, almonds and pistachios in this awesome kulfi recipe.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        July 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm

        Thank you so much Lata.


    July 19, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I have never made my own kulfi! I can’t wait to try your recipe, Mayuri. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Sneha Datar

    July 20, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    I love this creamy delicious Kulfi1

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 21, 2021 at 3:43 am

      Thanks Sneha.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    July 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    Nothing else could be a better recipe to celebrate National Ice cream day. Made with Almonds, pistachios and khoya, this kulfi makes such a rich and awesome combo that it’s hard to say No to them even if you are on diet…lol.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 24, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender, that is no true, simply cannot resist kulfi especially when on a diet.. but enjoy one and walk it off!

  • Seema Sriram

    July 27, 2021 at 7:15 am

    5 stars
    I am thrilled to have so many kulfis and ice cream to try for my summer. I am partial to kulfis in that I get the desi feeling and partly because they don’t melt so fast unlike the ice cream. I have never added nutmeg into the kulfi before so that surely caught my attention.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you Seema, adding a bit of nutmeg makes it taste so different. I too love making kulfi at home as given the extremely hot weather in Mombasa, ice creams melt so fast.

  • Uma Srinivas

    July 28, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    I agree Homemade kulfi is the best as it has no artificial flavorings or colors. This kulfi reminds my hometown, this looks so creamy and delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 29, 2021 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Uma.

  • Vandana

    July 30, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    I love kulfi but I have always used instant kulfi packs to make it at home. Your kulfi recipe sounds so amazing, I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2021 at 4:11 am

      Thank you Vandana, please do try out the recipe. It will definitely taste better than package ones.

  • Pavani

    July 30, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    5 stars
    Such a creamy, rich and decadent kulfi. Love the addition of nuts in there. Thanks for the detailed recipe, now I can make them right at home.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2021 at 4:10 am

      Thanks Pavani.

  • Avin Kohli

    July 30, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    5 stars
    What a yummy recipe. Perfect for this heat. Badam kesar pista is an ultimate combo. Too yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2021 at 4:10 am

      It sure is Avin, thanks.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    July 30, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Every summer, we love to make Kesar Badam Pista kulfi, it’s a ritual if I say so. However, this year we have left it as my entire family and I are following a low-carb diet. Can’t beat homemade kulfi, blissful.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2021 at 4:10 am

      Thank you Hayley.

  • Sapana Behl

    August 5, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    5 stars
    Kesar Pista is one of my favorite flavors in ice creams. Love the infused flavors of saffron, pistachio, and almonds together in this creamy ice cream.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 7, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you so much Sapana.

    2. Archana

      August 10, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely love kulfi of any kind but must say I am partial towards badam pista kulfi. Never realised making kulfi at home will be easy and so very delicious too.
      Thanks trying it over the weekend.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        August 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm

        Thank you so much Archana. Enjoy the kulfi.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    August 16, 2021 at 11:32 am

    5 stars
    There can be many different ice creams and kulfi available but nothing can beat the flavor of the kesar badam pista kulfi! I absolutely love this kulfi and it brings back so many memories from my childhood. We would wait for the street vendor to bring kulfi after dinner and it was so much fun. I personally like the kulfis frozen in the clay pot or the aluminum molds.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 16, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much, some childhood memories remain forever, which unfortunately our kids will not get to experience.

  • Pista

    September 11, 2021 at 5:51 am

    I really can’t stop myself from commenting. Well written! We are linking to this particularly great content on our site. Keep up the good writing.

  • Rakhi Rajput

    February 28, 2022 at 10:42 am

    5 stars
    Your recipe is awesome mam,definitely I’ll try it but could you please tell me any alternative of khoya can be replace it with milk powder.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much Rakhi. You can replace the amount of khoya used with condensed milk. Just make sure you adjust the sugar accordingly.Or watch this video to know to make khoya at home. Sometimes I save leftover barfi or peda and store in the freezer. You can use that also in place of khoya for this recipe. Again adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.

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