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  • 22 Sep - 28 Sep, 2018
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Kulfi is a frozen dairy dessert from the Indian subcontinent. It is often described as "traditional Indian ice cream" and is popular throughout India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar), and the Middle East. Kulfi has similarities to ice cream in appearance and taste; however, unlike ice cream, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, creamier, denser frozen dessert similar to traditional custard-based ice cream, which is why it even takes a longer time to melt than Western ice cream. ‘Kulfi’ is a Hindi-Urdu word derived from the Persian Qufli meaning ‘covered cup’, which in turn is of Arabic origin. The dessert likely originated in the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. The mixture of dense evaporated milk was already popular in the sweet dishes in the Indian subcontinent. During the Mughal period, this mixture was flavoured with pistachios and saffron, packed into metal cones and immersed in slurry ice, resulting in the invention of the dessert as we know it. Kulfi comes in various flavours; the more traditional ones are cream (malai), rose, mango, cardamom, saffron, and pistachio. A 73g serving of kulfi (one bar) provides approximately 184 calories; 7.6g of fat, 4.8g of protein, 25g of carbohydrates, 17mg of cholesterol, 195mg of potassium and 104mg of sodium.