Creamy Saffron and Pistachio Kulfi Popsicles

Saffron pistachio kulfi popsicleson a plate
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
8 servings

These tasty Saffron and Pistachio Kulfi Popsicles are the perfect way to celebrate Eid Al Adha. Kulfi is a traditional Indian dessert that’s similar to ice cream and often sold by street vendors in either ice cream or popsicle form, but it’s surprisingly easy to make at home! It features a creamy milk base that’s simmered together with fragrant saffron, crushed pistachios and ground cardamom and then frozen in popsicle molds to create a fun, cold dessert that’s perfect for the holiday. Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy these!

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cups whole milk
cup evaporated milk
cup sweet, condensed milk
Tbsp ground pistachios
Tbsp saffron strands
tsp ground cardamom powder
tsp rose water (optional)
tsp corn starch



This recipe requires 6 hours freezing time.

Step 1

In a medium sized pot add whole milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, ground pistachios, saffron strands, cardamom and rose water (optional). Heat until it comes to a gentle boil. Keep stirring to prevent scorching and ensuring a smooth and cream consistency.

Saffron pistachio kulfi popsicle mixture in a pot
Step 2

In a bowl add the corn starch and 1 Tbsp hot kulfi mixture, to create a slurry. Pour the corn starch mixture to the pot and stir.

Step 3

Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.

Saffron pistachio kulfi mixture in a bowl
Step 4

To assemble, pour the kulfi mixture into popsicle molds, leaving a little space at the top for expansion during freezing. Insert the popsicle sticks into each mold and freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

Popsicle molds with kesar kulfi poured in
Step 5

Once fully frozen, remove the popsicles from the molds by briefly soaking the molds into hot water or running them under warm tap water.

Step 6

Serve popsicles immediately.

A closeup on saffron pistachio popsicles

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