Composed of dairy in three forms: evaporated milk, cream, and sweetened condensed milk, kulfi is a frozen Indian dessert that hasn't quite reached the same levels of fame as ice cream, popsicles, or even gelato. For one thing it's hard to place this dessert that doesn't slide seamlessly into any of the former categories. The lack of air whipped into the treat, unlike ice cream, leaves it dense, and even a bit chewy in a most appealing manner. Kulfi nonetheless draws fans for its unique texture and uncomplicated flavors, often kissed by pistachios and cardamom. I have a particular penchant for the plain version found at Dawat in Midtown, though different takes on the sweet can easily be located at various Indian markets and restaurants around the city.
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