“Why do you like kulfi so much?” I ask Pikelet. “Because only Indian people get to eat it,” he replies, giving his pistachio kulfi pop another lick. “Are you Indian?” I laugh. “Yes,” he says definitively. “Although, I also like sushi and I might be Japanese,” he adds.
Kids are so funny. The good news is that you don’t have to Indian to eat kulfi, a delicious frozen milk dessert. The dessert is widespread in South Asia. Traditionally milk is slow boiled down till it’s condensed. Spices like cardamom are added or nuts like pistachio. Fruit versions might contain sweet mango or strawberry. Kulfi is certainly a highlight for us especially when we frequent Indian restaurants like Wild Chutneys who feature a kulfi stuffed orange.
Local kulfi brand, Kaurina’s Kulfi feature an assortment of fruit flavors to the more exotic like chikoo, a sweet fruit found in South East Asia. Chikoos resemble kiwi fruit with it’s brown skin and oval-esque shape. But inside the fruit is a dark amber honey color, slightly translucent and super sweet. You can buy them in pints or in snack sized popsicles. The kulfi is all natural, without preservatives, egg free and gluten free.
Pikelet is still rambling about all the different types of food he loves as he finishes the last of his kulfi. I laugh at him and told him he’s a global citizen since he can’t decide which cuisine he likes the best.
Stay cool! Till our next Happy Meal!