Mawa Kulfi

Kulfi with khoya or mawa on a white plate with pistaschio sprinkled on top with a spoon to the side.

Easiest and delicious homemade mawa kulfi with khoya that gives you the texture and taste you crave at a fraction of the time! Kulfi is a traditional frozen Indian dessert made with milk, evaporated milk solids and a hint of cardamom.

Active Time: 5 minutes

Kulfi with khoya on a plate with a spoon to the side.

Kulfi is often described as ice cream but the texture and consistency is different! It is usually served on a plate cut into pieces and eaten with a spoon. Sometimes you will see it served as a popsicle as well.

Serve it as a dessert for your next party because it is:

  • Quick: with this recipe you only need a few minutes of active time then just freeze
  • Simple: requiring only four ingredients!
  • Versatile: mawa kulfi comes in so many different flavors and you can easily use this recipe to make other flavors such as Kesar Pista Kulfi
Mawa kulfi or malai kulfi ingredients on a marble top.

Ingredients Notes

  1. Mawa or Khoya – this recipe cannot be made without this! The khoya gives the kulfi a slightly grainy texture that many associate with kulfi. You can either buy fresh or even frozen khoya. Remember to give the khoya time to defrost if you are using frozen.
  2. Condensed milk – while you could boil milk for a very long time, I don’t see why you should! Condensed milk is just that all ready in a can for you.
  3. Heavy cream – gives you that lush mouthfeel
  4. Cardamom – a small amount goes a long way, ensure you use ground cardamom powder
  5. Optional – ground pistachios or nuts for garnish

Kulfis are traditionally served from a mold like this. If you do not have kulfi molds you can also make this in a small loaf pan or any other small freezer safe containers you have.

Khoya whisking into heavy cream and condensed milk in a steel bowl.

Making the Kulfi

This is the easiest crowd pleaser dessert!

  1. Whisk together ingredients
  2. Pour into molds
  3. Freeze

Tips and Ideas For Serving


You can make so many variations of this dessert such as Kesar Pista Kulfi. Other ideas to add to this recipe are:

  • Rose water
  • Saffron
  • Nuts
  • Blended fruit

Serving Kulfi

You can serve it cut on a plate or freeze with sticks and serve as a popsicle

Garnish with crushed nuts, rose petals or even fruit puree. Get creative!

Mawa kulfi cut in slices on a gray plate with ground pistaschios sprinkled on top.

Instant Homemade Mawa Kulfi or Khoya Kulfi with condensed milk (Malai Kulfi)

Shilpa Joshi
Easiest and crowd pleasing recipe of kulfi made with khoya (mawa) with a only a few minutes of active time needed! Make it at home today!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 kulfi
Calories 195 kcal


  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • kulfi mold or freezer safe container


  • ¾ cup condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp cardamom ground/powder
  • ½ cup khoya / mawa defrost if using frozen, 80g


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to ensure khoya/mawa pieces are a fine crumble. You can leave bigger pieces if you enjoy the texture.
    Khoya whisking into heavy cream and condensed milk in a steel bowl.
  • Pour into molds and freeze 6-8 hours.
    Mawa kulfi with khoya in kulfi molds.
  • Remove from molds. Run hot water over mold to help remove. Cut into pieces and optionally garnish with pistachio crumbles.
    Kulfi with khoya or mawa on a white plate with pistaschio sprinkled on top with a spoon to the side.


Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 48mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 514IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 1mg
Keyword condensed milk kulfi, instant kulfi, kulfi recipe, kulfi with khoya, mawa kulfi
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