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This traditional Indian Ice Cream or Kulfi is made with just three ingredients – Pistachio, Milk, and Condensed milk. Insanely creamy and naturally vegetarian, this no-churn and denser than ice cream textured Pista Kulfi recipe is going to be your favorite summertime treat.

This Pistachio Kulfi made with just 3-ingredients and bursting with pistachio flavors, is a must-try summer treat!
Try this no-churn Indian Ice Cream also known as Kulfi, this summer!

Let me take you on an imaginary culinary journey to India with this delicious 3-Ingredients-Only Pistachio Kulfi recipe. Made the kulfi by adding pistachios to simmered and slow-cooked milk. The key to making kulfi is slow cooking the whole milk. Slow cooking the milk gives you that rich, condensed base. The natural sugar in milk also gets caramelized, giving the kulfi that authentic distinctive taste.

Kulfi is Indian Ice Cream. If you haven’t tried any Kulfi Recipe yet, I’m sorry to say – your palate is undereducated. 


The word kulfi comes from the Persian word called – qulfi meaning “covered cup.” As Wiki says, The dessert likely originated in the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. During the Mughal period, this mixture was flavored with pistachios and saffron, packed into metal cones and immersed in slurry ice, resulting in the invention of kulfi. 

In a nutshell, the traditional method of making kulfi or this Indian Ice Cream is nothing but flavored ice cream made by slow cooking the milk and then flavoring the milk with saffron, rose water, or nuts, and then freezing the ice cream in kulfi molds.

Milk is cooked very slowly with constant stirring so the milk does not stick to the bottom. It is cooked until it is thickened and its volume is reduced by half. This caramelizes the lactose and sugar, giving kulfi a distinct flavor.



SO EASY TO MAKE!!! Why buy kulfi from stores when you can so easily make these pasta kulfis with milk, condensed milk, and flavor with pistachios and cardamom.

CREAMY pistachio kulfi ice cream can become your go-to kulfi recipe every summer. 

Undoubtedly, this is going to be one of the BEST TASTING ICECREAM YOU EVER TASTED!

You will need NO ICECREAM MAKER!


Milk: I have used 4 cups of full-fat milk and then simmered the milk on low heat and reduced it to 1 cup.

Condensed Milk: I have used 1 cup of condensed milk

Pistachios: I have used about 1/4 cup of shelled unsalted pistachios

Cardamom: Freshly made cardamom powder

Rose Water: Just a dash of rose water goes a long way. If you don’t have rose water, feel free to skip this ingredient.


Pulse the pistachios in a mixer until coarsely ground. I buy my pistachios from Costco in bulk since I use pistachios in baking a lot like in a Pistachio Vanilla Sponge Cake or making Pistachio Brittle without Corn Syrup

Be careful not to overmix or the pistachios will become oily.

Place a heavy bottom saucepan on medium heat. Add milk and let it come to a boil. Once the milk comes to a boil, add the condensed milk, ground pistachios and cardamom powder.

Reduce heat and slow cook the milk till it is reduced and becomes thick. You will get about 2 cups of simmered and reduced milk.

The color of the milk will change to a slightly caramelized color.

This slow cooking process may take about 1n hour or an hour and a half.

Keep stirring the milk while it’s slow cooking and scrape off the sides from time to time.

Turn off the heat, stir in the rose water and leave the kulfi mixture on the kitchen counter to cool off completely.

NOTE – If you don’t have rose water, you can either skip it or replace it with some other flavorings of your choice. I love rose water. And, if you are like me, then you must try some other recipes that use rose water like – Rose Cardamom Shortbread Cookies or Vegan Rose Latte (sugar-free)

Then pour the pistachio kulfi mixture into kulfi molds and secure the airtight caps. Freeze in the refrigerator freezer for 6-8 hours.

Take out of the freezer 10 mins before slicing or scooping to serve. Sprinkle with crushed pistachios and scatter over the cherries or berries.



Kulfi, is a frozen dairy dessert similar to American ice cream in appearance but made without the addition of air. This makes it richer, denser and creamier in texture (similar to Italian gelato).


You can use disposable plastic cups to make popsicles if you don’t have kulfi or popsicle molds. Pour the mixture into the mold and then cover with a small square piece of aluminum foil. Make a small dent and insert the popsicle stick.


Be patient. Like any other ice cream, kulfi takes time to make. Slow cooking the milk to reduce is the key to getting that authentic taste. Make sure to stir the milk continuously to prevent it from sticking to the cooking utensil.

Give it at least a few hours in the freezer before you take it out. Avoid opening the freezer door too often while the kulfi is freezing.

You can sprinkle powdered pistachios on the top, cover the mold or plastic cups with small pieces of aluminum foil and make a dent to insert the popsicle sticks.

You can use evaporated milk instead of regular whole milk.

You can add some food coloring too. Stage different colors for a rainbow kulfi effect too.

After removing the pasta kulfi from the molds and garnish with ground cardamom, saffron, or almonds.

If you get hold of earthen pots to make them, go ahead. Or, else you can use kulfi molds, or popsicle molds that make an equally good kulfi, but just lack the rustic taste and finish.

This Pistachio Kulfi is not only made with just 3-ingredients but also made without any ice cream maker!
This Pistachio Kulfi is the BEST ICECREAM you ever tasted!


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Easy Pista (Pistachio) Kulfi recipe

This traditional Indian Ice Cream or Kulfi is made with just three ingredients – Pistachio, Milk, and Condensed milk. Insanely creamy and naturally vegetarian, this no-churn and denser than ice cream textured frozen treat is going to be your favorite summertime treat.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Course Dessert, Ice Cream
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6


  • Kulfi Molds/Popsicle Molds


  • 4 Cups Whole Milk (950ml)
  • 1 Cup Sweetened condensed milk (300g)
  • 1 Tsp Green cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp Pistachios (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp Pistachios (grounded)
  • 1 Tsp Rose essence (optional)


  • Heat the milk in a thick bottom pan. When the milk begins to boil, add cardamom powder and condensed milk.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, stirring, till the milk is reduced by half.
  • Take the pan off the heat and set it aside to let the mixture cool.
  • Add the coarsely ground pistachios and rose water. Mix well.
  • Pour into individual kulfi molds and place them in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours to set.
Keyword Asian, Indian Ice Cream, Kulfi, No-Churn Ice Cream
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This Pistachio Kulfi is not only made with just 3-ingredients but also made without any ice cream maker!

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  1. amrita roy says:

    Right now this is the season of kulfi and this is so perfect with just 3 ingredients…

  2. Huge fan of kulfi, with pistachio it’s scrumptious! Loving this 3 ingredient recipe.

  3. I just remembered that I have kulfi moulds that are yet to be used! I think I should make some kulfi really really soon… I am totally temped…

  4. Perfect recipe for summers.. easy and quick, loved this 3 ingredient recipe.. looks so tempting!!

  5. I made this a few days ago and it turned out absolutely delicious! My wife and kids loved this dessert! When I tried to fold the two mixtures in together they clumped a little so I just whisked it instead of folding but it still came out so well. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!

  6. That pistachio flavor is outta this world! Definitely a good recipe for a lovely dessert!

  7. That looks amazing! I love pistachios as much as I love ice cream – in any form. I can’t wait to try this!

  8. We have had kulfi before and we love it! Never thought about making it on my own. Sounds like a fun project!

  9. This ice cream has so many great flavors, I do love cardamom and rose flavor. This is such an easy recipe to make for these hot days.

  10. Ice cream is one of my favorite desserts but I’ve never tried ice cream like this before! Perfect recipe to try this weekend since it’s so dang hot here right now.

  11. Mary K Stallings says:

    You’re right my pallette is uncultured! I had never even heard of this before but it sounds easy enough to make!