Kulfi – Indian Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe

Try this cool, cardamom and pistachio flavored dessert for Deepavali / Diwali festival dinners.

Kulfi ready to eat

We recently went out for dinner with some family friends of ours who took us to a popular Indian restaurant in town. The food was quite good, and we stuffed ourselves on naan, various biryani and curries. Even though we were full, our hosts suggested we have some kulfi (Indian ice cream) for dessert. I had never had kulfi before, so I agreed to try it. And I’m glad I did.

The texture was different from Western style ice creams – more substantial and not so airy. Another interesting thing about this kulfi is, it is served as an upright cylinder instead of a round scoop. This is because of the mold that they use to freeze the milk in.

Noticing the resemblance to our Royal Selangor Jelly Mould, Annie suggested that we make some kulfi as one of our entries in the Royal Selangor Jellyriffic Challenge. She found the recipe online, and I was tasked with the production. It almost didn’t get made.

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Rose-Cardamom Sago Gula Melaka

Lest we forget what this Royal Selangor Jellyriffic Challenge is all about…

rose cardamom sago gula melaka

The whole point about this challenge to create 30 different uses for the Royal Selangor Jelly Mould is to raise awareness about breast cancer. Sure, we’ve been having fun making jellies, panna cottas, terrines, steamed cakes and musubi. We want to celebrate life, laughter and humor with our creations.

But we must remember that breast cancer is not something to play around with. As Annie herself learned with her breast cancer scare, if you feel a lump, go get it checked out right away. Over 4000 Malaysian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and many will die from this terrible disease.

So today’s creation, a Sago Gula Melaka, is intentionally colored rose pink to highlight again the importance of breast health maintenance and getting regular mammograms when appropriate.

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Engagement Jelly

I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was that day.

I had been fiddling with the ring in my pocket all day, and here I was, finally, in line at Waiola Shave Ice waiting to give my order.

Waiola Shave Ice Ordering Window

“What’ll you have?”

“Two large cones with ice cream. Li hing and Melona flavors,” I rattled off the order just like I had many times before. “Oh, and, uh, can you put this on top of one of the ice creams, underneath the shave ice?” My hand was shaking as I gave him the ring, sealed inside a tiny plastic ziploc baggie. “I’m going to propose to my girlfriend today.”

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Steamed Layer Cake (Masam Manis) Recipe

Steamed Layer Cakes

I love visiting other people’s food blogs for inspiration. I have to hang my head in shame because as of late, I’ve been so busy that I’ve not had enough time to do that as often as I would like. However, recently, I noticed a new commenter who has been coming around and leaving very encouraging comments. Out of curiousity, I clicked on her blog and from there, found my way to several other blogs. The inspiration for today’s recipe comes from there. So thank you, Ninazsyafinaz for helping us find this recipe.

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