Aarti Paarti Ep. 28: Earl Grey Kulfi Pops!

This is the first episode of Aarti Paarti that I’m posting on the new site! Woohoo! How exciting!

Anyway, I know you all are tired of vegetables and chicken recipes. It’s time for dessert! And what better dessert to reflect my heart than an Indian one, with a twist of England: Earl Grey Kulfi.

Kulfi is the Indian version of ice-cream, and the coolest thing about it is that you don’t need an ice cream maker to whip up a batch. Traditionally, if you want to make kulfi, you better set aside an afternoon sister, because you’ll be taking a gallon of milk, and slowly cooking it down until it thickens to just the right consistency.

Don’t get me wrong — it’s not like making it the old-fashioned way is keeping me away from any fancy festivities or anything. It’s just that it’s a lot easier to watch TV when you’re not chained to the stove, nursing a pot of steaming milk, and sore arm muscles.

Call me crazy!

So here’s a tried and true kulfi-in-a-jiffy method, using cans of evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, as well as a carton of heavy cream.

The upside: it’s done in just a matter of minutes (plus freezing time of course).

The downside: if you’re concerned about only consuming organic, hormone-free milk from cows that have been massaged and manicured, whose self-esteem is propped up with a daily barrage of compliments… you’re out of luck. You’re using canned milk here, people.

Also, you should know that this is a very sweet kulfi, because of that sweetened condensed milk. I tried to find unsweetend condensed milk — I swear I thought it existed. But to no avail. So, if you are very concerned about your sugar intake, I suggest you make it the old-fashioned way. However, I don’t like desserts that are too sweet, and I loved this… it’s just shy of being overly sweet, perhaps because the bitter, tanniny tea cuts into the sugar just so.

Let’s just put it this way: I had one kulfi popsicle for breakfast, and I’m planning on having one to finish off my dinner. I have no complaints about bookending my day that way. You’ll find me at the gym tomorrow morning though. Ha!

In fact, the only downside was having to wait for the pops to freeze overnight! I had such a hard time falling asleep that I had to have someone sing me a lullaby…

Earl Grey Kulfi Pops

1 12oz can evaporated milk
4 earl grey tea bags
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
Handful of finely chopped pistachios

1) Heat evaporated milk over medium heat until small bubbles form around the circumference of the pot. Meanwhile, snip the tops of the tea bags. Once the milk is hot, whisk to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. Turn the heat off, and add the contents of the tea bags. Cover. Let it sit and steep for 30 minutes.

2) Strain the evaporated milk into a big bowl. Add cardamom, condensed milk, heavy cream and pistachios. Whisk together. Either pour into popsicle moulds, small bowls or one large bowl (cover bowls with a piece of plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn and formation of a “skin”). Pop into the freezer overnight.

3) When you’re ready to serve, run the popsicle mould under hot water to loosen it. You can do the same thing for the smaller bowls if you’d like to serve it as a little kulfi half dome. Sprinkle with more nuts if you like. Enjoy the icy, creamy goodness and tip your hat to the next Indian person you meet. :)


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42 thoughts on “Aarti Paarti Ep. 28: Earl Grey Kulfi Pops!

  1. This kulfi was amazing! I substituted fat free sweetened condensed milk and 1% milk for the cream. Still totally delicious.

    An aunt who grew up in India said it reminded her of kulfi from India — the ultimately compliment for an Indian American who never thought she’d make kulfi at home!

    Good luck cooking – Aarti Paarti is so much fun. My husband and I are looking forward to many more recipes to come.

  2. My husband and I totally agree that you are just the cutest EVER (and that was a great song).

  3. Just made the kulfi… It was wonderful. Since I can’t stand pistachios, I didn’t put them in, but it doesn’t even need them. Wonderful texture and flavour… Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!
    God Bless~~~~Kameron

  4. am dying to try this recipe….. any idea where i can pick up the popsicle’s from? you’re so amazing arti, love your enthusiasm,innovation and your recipes rock!!!!

  5. I had cardomon kulfi for the first time a few months ago at an indian market nearby and I was hooked with the creaminess of them! The earl Grey sounds wonderfully refreshing!

  6. These were SO yummy! Made them for dinner tonight with friends and everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing this. Love the videos and we love watching you on TNFNS!

  7. I made these kulfi pops the other day, but I didn’t have any Earl Grey Tea and the cardamom was quite expensive at the grocery store.

    So I decided to get creative, and instead of the earl grey, I used chai tea, and instead of the cardamom I used a vanilla bean.

    The Kulfi came out delicious, and everyone loved it!

    P.S. Congrats on making it to the NFNS finale!

  8. aarti – i adore you! im going to make the kulfi pops this weekend to hopefully celebrate you being the next food network star! im rooting for you big time. i love watching you on the show, your blog is great and you’re awesome too… articulate, fun, creative and just yum!

    big hugs :)))

  9. Aloha, Aarti! I made the pops today (used whole milk instead of cream), and can’t wait for them to be frozen. I had to taste the mixture before I put it in the freezer–delicious! I am not a very creative cook, although I long to be one; your recipes are getting me started!

  10. I have to be honest. I started watching you on TNFS and I was feeling a bit iffy. However, after seeing so many delicious recipes on your blog I am a believer. I’m so excited to try some of your recipes (especially this one!) and if you win, I will definitely watch your show!

    If you didn’t win I would have been soooooo disappointed. We are looking forward to watching your show….I’m already wishing you were on more times a week!!!
    My boyfriend is a retired chef and I’m a “big time” foodie.
    You are already pushing all my buttons with many of your recipes. I can’t wait to try your Earl Grey Kulfi Pops……AND Earl Grey is already my favorite tea.
    Just one question: I read about using Sumac in cooking…..this can’t be the same one I’m allergic to, right?
    I’ve been digging on the Internet to learn what many of the terms are and how to use the seasonings of the Indian culture. I keep running into so much that confuses me. So I’m really looking forward to learn more about using many of the seasonings that I have.
    Best of luck with your new show!!

  12. Hi Aarti! First of all, CONGRATS on your win! We were soooo rooting for you!!! I never thought there would EVER be an Indian cooking show on the Food Network! I made these Kulfi pops this weekend for family and friends, and they ALL loved it, including my mom, who is the toughest critic. =) Congrats again, and I can’t wait for your show!

  13. You are absolutely wonderful, congratulations on winning NFNS. I knew it from day 1 that you’d win!

  14. Aarti,

    I am sooo proud of you Sister. Finally someone to represent the Indian Society and the Food. They picked the perfect person. Cant wait to make these Kulfi Pops.

    Big Hugs and Love,

  15. You are a natural. Indian food has always been my favorite and now I get to learn how to cook it!

  16. Aarti, I was so glad that you were the winner of the Next Food Network Star. It is so nice to see someone who has a most “uplifting” and positive attitude – your presentation is terrific. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

  17. Aarti, you are amazing! We are definitely going to try out the recipe! And congratulations on winning TNFNS!!!!! We were rooting for you the whole entire time and you are a natural! :) I watched your show today with the whole family! I’m glad you put the Kulfi Pop recipe on it…I guess this will be a show that we will watch weekly! Keep up the good work and I hope you make more episodes of Aarti Paarti not just on Food Network, but also on YouTube and your blog!

  18. OMG! I just love you Aarti! Your humor hits in all the right places… your sarcasm is like the bit of lemon zest on a perfectly spiced dish… it cuts thru the cream and adds that bit of acid we all crave :)
    You WILL be a HUGE hit so hang onto your hat girlfriend! Absolutely thrilled that you happen to be Indian … awesome that Indiana cuisine will finally make it out of the mystic “I can only get that if we go out to eat” fog it’s been buried under! YAY AARTI!
    I am so thrilled to try Kulfi and I ADORE Earl Grey… you are such a treat! A down to earth, plain speaking, educated, bright, English/Indian/American chef with a sense of humor as big and appealing as her warmth :)

    All my best on your continued success!!!
    (I have this disease – check it out…awareness is key)

  19. Aarti,
    Congratulations on winning NFNS! You are so wonderful and so deserving. I wanted so badly to make this recipe, but I couldn’t find cardamom near me…or earl grey tea! The only place that had the tea was Starbucks, and they only had 2 teabags left so I made it with the 2 earl grey teabags and one bag of chai tea to make up for the missing flavor.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful, accessible Indian recipes and your bubbly personality.
    I second Ashley, don’t stop with your other videos, the playfulness and charm (like guitar lullabies) are things that food network can’t capture when you are cooking alone in front of the camera.
    I’ll watch you either way though!

  20. Hi Aarti!
    I love kulfi and earl grey tea, I have it every morning, the tea, not kulfi. ;)
    I was watching your show yesterday and can’t wait to try this!
    p.s. I had a family friend, who once made an 8 layered rainbow kulfi for a party when I was 15. It was so beautiful, I still dream of it… :)

  21. Congratulations Aarti! One question: when is your cookbook coming out?
    Continued success,

  22. I am loving the show, as well as your wonderful recipes! You make me not only want to cook and try new things, you make me want to go out and take on the world. Congrats on your win!

  23. You GO Girl!
    You are the first chef who makes me want to try everything you make. Already made your Bombay Joes and now am trying 3 more recipes for company tomorrow! Awesome! Keep up the good work! I look forward to your show every week – the first time I ever watched a non competition cooking show and look forwqard to it every week!

  24. Can’t wait to try this with my lavender Earl Grey that I love so much! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe and for your oh-so-fun video. As your new FN colleague Ina Garten might say: how adorable are YOU? :)

  25. A friend from work made these and brought them to work. They rock and are way easier than the cardamon ice cream I usually make.

    As a long time Indian food lover, I cheered when you won the contest. Congrats! I am really looking forward to learning some new techniques (faster, easier) with Indian in fluenced food, as it can be time consuming to prepare. I do, at times, “go all out” and spend two days in the kitchen, but it will be nice to have some quick results.

    Good luck, Aarti!

  26. Hey Aarti,

    I wanted to mention that i made kulfi a while back for a catered event i did but we used a different flavor profile that was SO good i had to share it here for the rest of you.

    Mango Cardamon Kulfi!

    We made it the old fashioned way by simmering half and half to half its valume, but i’m sure you can use this method just as easily.

    All you need is a can of puree Mango often found in any indian market They come in cans and are often used for making Laasis, but the pureed mango is super super good in the kulfi then you add some green cardamon pods that you’ve smacked till they cracked open and the littler seeds in the pods are coming out. Just stew those in with the milk and add the mango puree to taste at the end. It comes out absolutely FANTASTIC!

    Also, Aarti, i have a Naan recipe thatc oems out great from under a broiler that most american kitchens could easily produce. Comes out great, if you want it or want me to post it some where, just lemme know where. its FANTASTIC, best naan i’ve ever had outside of a restaurant.

  27. Okay, Is that your Hubby Singing that adornable song to you? Holy Hell so adorable! :laughs: You have no idea how much you remind me of my family. In fact you even look like a younger version of my godmother! But she’s not indian heritage, believe it or not she’s cuban and mexican heritage, and a lot older then you, but you guys remind me a lot of one another, and my godmother cooked for my brother and i quite a bit when we were children. So whenever i see you, i think “I swear she could be a family member!” because of your manner, your demeanor and your very … touchable personalability that comes through in your beaming and excitement to share everything about food that you love. Hehe.

    And by the way, that handsome songwriter, he’s got a really beautiful voice, seriously. I’d like some one like that to sing to me at night :)

    Aww he’s NOT your hubby. He’s your friend. :ponders: Hey, he single? :hides:


  28. Congratulation’s on being the next Food Network Star! Between your truly creative, passionate cooking style and genuine warmth, I have a feeling you will go far.

    Earl Grey tea, cardamom & kulfi, what’s not to love?! I can’t wait to try this recipe! I have been craving cardamom, as of late; I recently bought a small pepper grinder so that I can easily put a few grinds of cardamom on my oatmeal, or in my coffee, or other dishes. Several times this summer I’ve made a coconut milk and cardamom jello that is lightly sweet and oh-so-refreshing. Summer is drawing to a close here in the Midwest but we’re still having steamy temperatures, so I can’t wait to try the kulfi!

    I wish you all the best!!! Laurel

  29. I just made these and they were awesome! (and yeah, they were a little too sweet, but still awesome)!! Because I don’t own popsicle molds, I froze the kulfi in small bowls and inverted them onto a plate when they were ready, and I was able to eat it with a spoon. it came out as good as it sounded and I’m definitely making these again in summer.
    (I also added about a teaspoon, maybe teaspoon and a half, of rosewater when I added the sweetened condensed milk, just because it goes so perfectly)

  30. Hi Aarti, Love your show on foodnetwork. I haven’t tried any of your receipes until today. I decided to try yout kulfi pop receipe….WOW!!! How easy is this. The Kulfi is still needs a bit of time in freezer, but I went ahead and tried it anyway….YUUUUMMMMM!! I grew up seeing my mom make it the old fashoined way by standing in front of the stove for hours stiring a pot of milk. I can’t wait to have my mom try it tomorrow. It is going to blow her socks off when I tell her how easy your receipe is. Keep sending the yummy receipes. I want to try your pea-lafel, but didn’t see the receipe on foodnetwork. I saw that it is posted on this website, but when I watched the show you didn’t use fenugreek seeds…is that optional?

  31. I was SO excited when you made kulfi pops on your show! My FAVORITE ice cream at a great little homemade ice cream shop in the Pearl District in Portland, OR is KULFI and I have never seen it anywhere else, not did I know I would be able to make it at home! SO excited!!!

  32. What a treat for the senses! I thoroughly enjoyed making this Kulfi. I used decaf Earl Grey and loved the beautiful smell during steeping. Although too sweet for my taste buds, it was pure pleasure to eat. Next time, I will experiment with the sweet component. Thank you for yet another great recipe!

  33. Enjoyed the recipe, Aarti. Thank you for sharing it. Unsweetened condensed milk is canned evaporated milk. You could try using canned evaporated milk to replace the sweetened condensed milk, and then adding sugar to taste.

  34. I made a dozen of these for a party and they were such a hit. Thank you so much for the recipe. I watch all your shows, you are a wonderful star! I try all your vegetarian recipes.

  35. Hi Arti,
    I just love watching you in food network….But i wish you come up with some more INDIAN TRADITIONAL DISH….. becoz as of i know u do more middle eastern dish which nothing wrong in that…..but i would love to see some more indian dish…like pani poori,butter chicken,all those …..

  36. I made a dozen of these for a party and they were such a hit. Thank you so much for the recipe. I watch all your shows, you are a wonderful star! I try all your vegetarian recipes

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