You can never have too many Indian cookbooks. That’s the best way to increase your repertoire of this delicious, vibrant, vegetarian-friendly cuisine (and the best way to avoid the take-out menu). Pick up a copy of recipe developer and YouTube host Chetna Makan’s new cookbook and add a few more go-to dishes to your line-up, like this creamy frozen cardamom and pistachio kulfi.
Kulfi (Indian ice cream) is particularly popular in Delhi, where you find an astonishing variety of flavors these days, from chocolate and mint to paan, yet the traditional combination of cardamom and pistachios remains my favorite. Making kulfi requires patience – no short cuts can give the same amount of flavor as hours spent reducing the milk, so it’s definitely worth the effort.
- 2 3/4 pints milk
- 1 3/4 ounces golden caster sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped pistachio nuts, plus extra to decorate
For the kulfi
Pour the milk into a large, heavy-based saucepan. Bring it to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, stirring every 5–7 minutes to ensure the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
Once the milk has reduced by two-thirds, measure it to ensure the volume has reduced to 500ml (18fl oz), then return it to the pan. Add the sugar and cardamom and stir for 1 minute, then add the pistachios. Pour the mixture into a jug and leave it to cool a little.
Divide the mixture between 6 kulfi cones (use plastic containers if you don’t have any) and freeze overnight.
When ready to serve, dip the cones in warm water for a few seconds, then turn out the kulfi onto individual serving plates. Sprinkle with the extra pistachios to serve.