Saturday, 21 April 2012

Popsicles, kulfi inspired

Popsicles, kulfi inspired
No sooner has our snow melted and the first flowers begun to blossom, and already we’re craving icy popsicles.  Canadians, eh?  My beautiful granddaughter  (and her Chihuahua )  are visiting, so special treats are needed.  Every summer I make lots of popsicles, but this first batch of the season were inspired by Divya, in her post:
Why people buy the expensive chemical laden confections when popsicles are so easy to make, I don’t know.  At the very easiest, any juice can be poured into popsicle containers.  Of course, I get a little fancier than that:

This mixture is enough for two sets of popsicles.

3 tablespoons sliced almonds with their skins attached
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla* (yes I make my own, silly easy)
3 cups plain yogurt (ditto)
4 heaping tablespoons raw cane sugar crystals
1 cup frozen mango cubes
1 teaspoon rosewater
4 cardamom pods, husked and ground to powder
When buying popsicle makers, be sure the handle stems have holes. 

Soak the almonds in the milk and vanilla for 30 minutes.  Add the yogurt, sugar, mango, rosewater and cardamom to the blender, and blend well.  Pour into the containers, and freeze for several hours, or until you can tug on the stick, and it hugs tightly to the solution.

To serve, run the individual popsicle cell under warm water, tugging to pull out popsicle.  Eat outside!  This may not  taste quite as good as kulfi, but it's a quick, second best. 

*To make your own vanilla, add a couple of vanilla beans to inexpensive vodka, put it away for a week or two, and you have a good quality vanilla.

Many cushions and one shawl went into the making of this 'fort'.


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  2. Wow I lovvvvve Kulfis and this one resembles the same.. Will try out soon and can I grab one from the pic???

  3. Thanks Divya, for giving me the good idea! The almonds add great texture, and they're extremely healthy and delish!

  4. Hi Mary, Is that a Burleigh dish I see in your post? Where did you get it? What is the name of your other blog? I am a bookie too.

  5. They are stamped "Crownford, Calico, Staffordshire, England" My mother bought the set at least 40 years ago from a local shop that specialized in colonial decor. Can't remember the name, I think it was on Centre Street, north. I will confess that I have replaced some broken dinner and sandwich plates with copies from Winners, and judging from how flat the above plate is, it's one of the copies! My book blog is at

    Thanks for visiting this blog, and congrats on your Sunshine award!

  6. Susan, I just noticed that some random pieces of the set are stamped Burleigh!

  7. I made these last night and put them in the freezer. Then I had the left overs as a smoothie. Delicious! We are having a heat wave, so I look forward to eating a kulfi popsicle tonight!

  8. I wish we were having a heat wave! Every time the sun pokes out from the clouds, we all rush outdoors, staring upward, telling each other it feels like the tropics, honest! We don't usually get much rain here, so this is an unusual June for us. Thank you for visiting the blog, and trying the popsicles. They are delicious, and healthy too. Of course they are really frozen lassis, and lassis are the mother of all smoothies!