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Matka Kulfi

Indian style ice cream served in earthen pots

Thickened, sweetened milk was sealed in conical molds and then put in a large earthen pot- Matka, with ice and salt and the pot shaken till the kulfi would set. That was Matka kulfi! These a days, it stands for kulfi that is frozen and served in tiny single serve matkas!


  • 500ml milk + ¼ cup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3tbsp khoya
  • 1tbsp cornflour
  • 1tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1tbsp pistachios
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp almonds


  1. Pour the milk into a pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring continuously for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook till the milk is reduced to around half.
  4. Dissolve the cornflour in ¼ cup milk. Add the khoya, corn slurry and sugar to the milk and cook for another 4-5 minutes till the milk thickens. Remove from the heat.
  5. Blanch the nuts in hot water. Drain and peel the almonds and pistachios.
  6. Chop the nuts and raisins. Add nuts to the warm milk.
  7. Pour the mixture into matka moulds.
  8. Cover with cling wrap and place in a freezer to set.
  9. Freeze for 8 hours.
  10. Remove from freezer, allow to stand for a few minutes and serve.
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