Kulfi is a traditional Indian-style ice cream that is denser and creamier than conventional American ice cream, inspiring this flavorful combination. It is usually flavored with spices like cardamom and pistachio. Coconut milk provides a rich and creamy foundation for the exotic ingredients as well as a complementary flavor. Grinding the pistachios for the base enriches the flavor, and using whole pistachios for serving adds extra texture and beautiful color.

Kulfi: Indian Cardamom Pistachio Ice Cream [Vegan]

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  • 1 cup unsalted whole pistachios, shelled and divided, plus extra for serving
  • 2 1⁄3 cups all-natural canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup organic unrefined cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic agave
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Place 1/2 cup of the pistachios in a food processor and grind them until they reach the consistency of a chunky paste.
  2. Use a high-speed or immersion blender to mix the pistachio paste, coconut milk, sugar, agave, cardamom, and salt. Cover and chill the mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Once the mixture is chilled, add it to your ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most machines take 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the temperature of the mix, and when it’s finished, it should look like a soft serve.
  4. Once it’s churned, transfer the ice cream to a wide, freezer-safe container and stir in the remaining whole pistachios, distributing them evenly while making sure to maintain the air churned into the base.
  5. Cover the ice cream tightly and freeze it for at least 5 to 6 hours, or until it is firm.
  6. Depending on the temperature of your freezer, you may want to set the ice cream out for 5 to 10 minutes to soften it before serving.


- Makes about 1 quart. - This ice cream will keep in the freezer for a couple of weeks in an airtight container, but it’s best when fresh.


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