Mango Kulfi – Falooda

The indian version of popsicle aka “kulfi “ sums up taste of home for me.The exotic flavors of saffron & rosewater and the luscious taste of mango combined with hints of cardamom powder takes me straight to those hot, humid days in Delhi when waiting for the kulfiwala [vendor] was our favorite way to kill summer vacations.The guy in question was fat & bald , always-smiling, middle-aged man with a hand driven cart who used to throng our colony in the afternoons to sell his creamy kesar kulfi.Here there were no fancy trucks adorned with cartoon characters and replete with freezers or shiny counters, just a hand painted wooden frame open on all sides sitting atop a cart,driven by the push of the hand and a ringing bell [which doubled up both as horn on the road & a signal to customers].There were numerous stacked wooden boxes lined with sacks and filled with crushed salted ice and lots of slotted cases to hold the kulfis- a summer vacation special for us. Priced at 1-2 rupees a piece, it was a priceless treat of the day especially because you mustered the courage to wake up mom from her afternoon siesta and got money after pestering her life out :) Though there were more sophisticated options to beat the Delhi heat— drinking lemonades or juices, mango shakes,cold coffee, coconut water etc.But sucking on kulfi was, perhaps, most effective in coping with the miserable months of May and June, the fact that it was fun food on the stick, dirt cheap so you can eat as many as you want and its was enjoyed among a gang of chattering friends.I m not sure if the ingredients were authentic, some folks said that blotting paper or bread made its way into the kulfi to thicken it but the taste was superlative.No doubts about that! In my opinion as with most foods, the best kulfi is available in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area at Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale.The taste remained the same for the 15 years that I had kulfi there at least once during summers.They have unbeatable number of flavors and a price to suit every pocket.They are not to be missed if you happen to visit Delhi during summers! Kulfi is nothing but a frozen,unchurned milk based dessert in numerous flavors like cream [malai] pistachios,rose, cardamom and saffron.Frankly,I have personally not seen any kulfiwala selling mango kulfi during childhood days.Maybe it evolved later & caught on to the taste buds.Traditionally, Delhi style kulfi is served with gulab falooda which is nothing but rose flavored sweet vermicelli served chilled.Slurping the falooda along with bites of kulfi is bliss – pure bliss!

A few things before I jump to the recipe.Please do not use tinned mango pulp.If you do not have access to fresh mango, buy frozen mango slices,thaw them & puree at home.You can skip the mango and still make the malai [cream] kulfi version.Many people use condensed milk to sweeten, I prefer sugar mainly because condensed milk makes it really really heavy and extra dense – which I don’t quite like.Again you can use it if you want.Below goes the recipe:- Printable Recipe

Ingredients :- For the Mango Kulfi:- [Serves 4]

  • 1 litre half and half [or use whole milk/evaporated milk]
  • 4-5 mangoes [ yield about 2 cups of mango pulp]
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar [ adjust to taste,depends on how sweet your mangoes are]
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp saffron dissolved in 2 tbsp warm milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pistachios for garnish [you can use any other nuts you like]

Method :-
  • In a heavy bottomed,wide-mouthed & large pot, pour the half and half and transfer to stove top on medium and let come to a boil.
  • While the milk is boiling,peel the mangoes, slice the flesh roughly into a bowl & discard the seed.Tip the slices into the blender and churn to make a smooth puree.Sieve the puree once to remove all the lumps and fibre.Keep a watch on the milk.
  • Once the milk is boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the milk simmer with periodic stirring till it reduces by 1/3 of its original volume. Note :If using half and half this reduction time would be 25-30 minutes.If using whole milk about 55-60 minutes and if using evaporated milk just 15-20 minutes.The only reason I  did not use evaporated milk was because the brownish color of the milk would kill the yellow color from saffron & mango.
  • Once the milk has reduced,remove from heat add the sugar and let cool to a room temperature.
  • Once the milk has cooled,mix in the cream,saffron dissolved in milk,mango puree,salt and green cardamom powder.Whisk gently to combine well to make kulfi mix.
  • Pour the kulfi mix into moulds/popsicle shells/plastic containers, cover and freeze for at least 10-12 hours until set. Frozen kulfi keeps for a month.
  • Unmould and serve chilled along with falooda [ recipe below]
For the Falooda :-
  • 1 cup falooda sev [available in most indian stores, substitute with vermicelli]
  • 1 cup luke warm milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar [ to taste]
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp rose-water [ 1-2 drops if using essence]
  • 1/4 cup toasted melon seeds [ substitute with coarsely chopped toasted pumpkin seeds]
  • Nuts for garnish [optional]
  • Cook the falooda as per package instructions in plain boiling water.Once cooked,drain and transfer to a bowl.Mix melon seeds and nuts with the cooled falooda.Set aside.
  • In another bowl,mix sugar & green cardamom powder with the luke warm milk.Let cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, add the rose-water to milk.
  • Pour 3/4 th of milk mixture over the bowl of falooda to keep them moistened while you refrigerate them.Reserve the remaining 1/4 th cup.
  • For serving:- In a bowl, layer the refrigerated falooda, if it feels dry add few teaspoons from the reserved milk mixture, unmould/slice the kulfi, garnish with nuts and serve cold.


  1. a fantastic mango delight!!! wow. soooo creative!

  2. Oo, what lovely memories. I’ve never had a real kulfi…only that horrible pre-made stuff at the Indian grocery stores. Yours is probably so much more delicious!

  3. First time hearing those dessert names but it doesn’t matter. I want these! It’s very interesting that falooda (noodles) is part of the dessert. You know how to make mango into something very exotic and delicious. I love the cardamom and saffron taste. Delicious!!!

  4. my most fav mango delight.

  5. O-M-G!!!

  6. Can I please please have some????? Looks absolutely wicked!

  7. I never heard of a kulfi before but it sounds (and looks) amazing!
    we make something very similar to the falooda here but it is garnished with cinnamon and nuts
    Thank you for the amazing recipes

  8. Okay, I’m seriously hungry now! I love the flavors here, so good!

  9. I am putting this down in my ‘must do’ list… for summer…err 6 months time ;)
    I love anything with mangoes… yummmmmm :D
    Gorgeous click…


  11. Seriously am drooling over that kulfi faloodas, makes me drool…everything looks absolutely divine..

  12. WOW!! Wait. Can you stop doing this to me? Talk about street wali kulfi makes me cry. Sob sob sob!! I haven’t spend much time in Delhi, just a couple of times while travelling to other places but whenever we were in cabs we would tell them to take us to best street food area and oh man Delhi ka street food is amazing but after mumbai :-D

  13. Mango Kulfi!! How did i miss out on that this summer!! thanks for reminding me… will just have to make at least one batch before the mango season is over :)
    Beautiful pictures once again :)

  14. Such wonderful childhood memories! Thanks for sharing those and this delightful dessert!

  15. The kulfi is my all time favourite…But this is the first time I am hearing about mango kulfi in Falooda. The desserts look so beautiful Tanvi. I loved the way you have styled and photographed the dessert. Way to go Gal :)

  16. Yum! I have been wanting kulfi ever since the weather got warm. Yours looks delicious.

  17. Falooda is quite new for me and with kulfi that would be amzing to try oh Tanvi ur pic reminded me of malai kulfi, thought i’m not big fan of it i feel the want now…and again happy b’day babe enjoy ur day!

  18. I Love Falooda and Kulfi’s! Darn it I need to find me a place that’ll make me something so good as that. :) Looks fab!

  19. Deepa says:

    Simply Heavenly looking faludas. How I wish I was your neighbor , so that I could invite myself for such a wonderful treat :) !

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Thanks for sharing your taste of home .. how delicious :)

  21. I love kulfi, but haven’t been able to try my hand at it yet. Yours looks delicious!

  22. These are fantastic photographs!

    The first photo caught my attention immediately because of the light and soothing feeling it imparts. The soft light and subtle shadows shape the dessert perfectly and the styling of the setting supports the mood without being too distracting. The muted and warm color pallete allows the pale yellow of the kulfi to move forward into view and yet it stays polite, not shouting for attention. The white of the damask table cloth, the plates and spoons leads smoothly into the tan of the noodles and then to the dessert. The sprinkling of pistachios on top adds a crispness to the serving and makes the kulfi look even creamier.

    Of the shots with the pops in the glass molds, I like the version with the one on its side. This makes it really clear what is going on, catches my attention and forces me to look at the nice setting on the tray. Being able to see the layers of creme and topping through the side of the glass is a nice touch. The back lighting in this one helps define the contrasts amonst the shapes and the props are perfect. I would have like to see the background in the upper left corner a bit darker so the rear glass stood out more, but this is a minor point for me. I also think that the glass on its side could come into the frame a bit more so that the stick is more visible, but this, too, is a minor point.

    This is a wonderful blog posting: great photos, great writing…and recipes! It is work like this that show me how much more work I have to do and that give me the motivation and inspiration to do it.

    As I’ve commented on other dessert postings, I wish my metabolism was 30 years younger so that I could indulge in all of these yummy desserts without paying the price of another 4 laps around the track for each bite ;->

    Thanks for doing this…

  23. What a delightful treat! So fresh, summery and delicious looking. I love that version served on top of those vermicelli.



  24. A great treat for the summer Tanvi. Mike loves mangos and this would be perfect for him. Great pictures as usal.

  25. I love kulfi! I love the way you’ve used the mangos. Often, ,y challenge with mangos is sometimes it gets stuck in my teeth :) So I love that this is another way to enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious photos!


  26. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by.Appreciate it.

  27. wow, what a great color :)

  28. What an absolutely mouth-watering post! I am mango crazy and this dessert will definitely fit the summer Mango Madness menu! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Whenever I come here, I always learn something new and fun that I end up wanting to try out. And with mango included in this recipe, I am quite excited to give it a try. Great job Tanvi

  30. Fo Shiz…. This is the Buiz! Yum, Im crazy for Mango and this hear looks amazing. Tanvi I can’t wait to try this, it isnt Mango season here in Oz, perhaps I could use a frozen variety, it would indeed make me feel like Summer is with me. Thanks for sharing. I am going to be thinking about this one all day. Love it!

  31. wow looks amazing your such an amazing cook Tanvi hope you had a fun day :-)

  32. nicely done…. look perfect.. more like a piece of art…

  33. For some reason, I thought kulfi was more pudding-like than popsicle-like…but right now in this heat I’d rather have the popsicle! It sounds so delicious!

  34. Gorgeous photos and presentation!

  35. That looks delicious!! I almost cried thinking about the street vendors and its yummy foods.

  36. Hey Tanvi, I was captivated by your gorgeous shots as soon as I stopped by your page. The pictures are totally GORGEOUS and the food, especially the kulfi, looks irresistible! I love anything that screams ice and this one takes me back to my roots :) Gonna come back at leisure to check out the rest of your posts. Cheers!

  37. This is so unique, Tanvi, I’m itching to try this out. What a perfect mold, it’s gorgeous!!

  38. What a beautiful post – love the photos and flavours of this dessert. Thanks!

  39. What nice childhood memories. Indian food is new to me and I’m excited to try your recipes. I can’t wait to try your popsicles, we love mangoes and pistachios! Beautiful site you have and I look forward to reading and exploring more of your posts! Have a great day!

  40. I really love cardamom and paring it with mango sounds just perfect!

  41. Amazing! Kulfi is so refreshing in the summer months. At my khala’s house in Lahore the “rehri wala” would come and we would get fresh kulfi.

    and falooda too! yummy. sometimes I crave falooda-I think there must be somewhere he to get it. Or better yet, I’ll use your recipe. :)

    Stunning photos!

  42. Love, love, love this recipe Tanvi! Your description of a sweltering summer day getting to be made a little better by the Kulfi was sweet and took met there with you. Can’t wait to try this on my family. Thank you!

  43. This is a lovely presentation and a very mouthwatering, flavourful dessert :-)

  44. Beautiful photos and a fantastic recipe. Those pistachios on top!

  45. Like a pudding?

  46. bakingdevils says:

    I looooove kulfi….one of my favourite desserts…especially when served in a matka..dilli style…I love your photography…absolutely brilliant! beautiful recipe and amazing shots….love your space…will be back when I am hungry again :-)

  47. Oh, this looks sooooo delicious! I loved reading about buying kulfi when you were a kid, and I’m totally intrigued by falooda – what an interesting combination.

  48. Wow thanks for introducing us to such delicious Indian treats! I love mango and I’ve actually got a falooda planned myself, though a bit of a different version.

  49. We love mangos! This is perfect patio food!!

  50. What a fantastic sounding treat and completely new to me…looks amazing!

  51. I wanna have one of those, they look so awesome

  52. Different from the faluda drink I’ve had previously but looks tasty nevertheless.

  53. Namagiri says:

    Hi Tanvi,

    Is there a substitute for heavy cream? Thanks.


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