Cardamom iceblock


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes


    if using shot glasses

Appears in

Lands of the Curry Leaf

Lands of the Curry Leaf

By Peter Kuruvita

Published 2018

  • About

The subcontinent’s favourite ice cream, kulfi is cleansing, cooling and invigorating. It is flavoured with beautiful spices from its Persian origins, and can also contain fruit such as mango or banana. When it is very hot and you need to cool down, the energy hit from this frozen dessert will get you moving again.

Preparation 20 minutes + overnight chilling
Cooking 15 minutes


  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) milk
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) thick (double) cream
  • 300 g (10½ oz/1 scant cup) condensed milk
  • 50 g ( oz) blanched almonds, ground
  • 50 g ( oz) pistachios, ground
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 50 g ( oz/ cup) roasted crushed pistachios, to garnish


Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the seeds until they resemble freshly cracked black pepper. Set aside.

Place a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk, cream and crushed cardamom seeds. Bring to the boil, then add the condensed milk, stirring constantly. Add the almonds, pistachios and ground cardamom.

Once the mixture returns to the boil, reduce the heat to low. Cook gently, stirring every 5 minutes or so, for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture has reduced by half. A skin will form on top; just keep stirring it in.

Remove from the heat and stir in the rosewater. Allow to cool for 15–20 minutes.

Slowly pour the mixture into iceblock (popsicle/ice lolly) moulds or shot glasses, then place in the freezer.

After about 30 minutes, when the kulfi is starting to set, place popsicle or ice cream sticks in each mould or glass.

Return to the freezer and freeze overnight, or for at least 8 hours; the kulfi will also keep for a few days, if making ahead.

To un-mould the kulfi, quickly dip each mould or glass in warm water to loosen them, then turn out onto a small plate.

Sprinkle with the roasted crushed pistachios and serve.