Three different shaped containers full of coffee kulfi

Spiced coffee kulfi

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Nik Sharma's Indian frozen dessert is flavoured with coffee, cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. A perfect kulfi should contain ice crystals, so look out for them!


Make this spiced coffee kulfi, then check out our raspberry and rosewater kulfi, coffee ice creamfrozen chocolate cheesecake and more frozen dessert recipes.

To make your strong coffee, you can either use a bean to cup coffee machine, or buy good-quality coffee beans and grind with our pick of the best coffee grinders.



  • double cream 240ml
  • evaporated milk 400g tin
  • sweetened condensed milk 400g tin
  • instant espresso or coffee granules 1 tbsp
  • green cardamom pods 2, cracked
  • cinnamon stick 1
  • star anise 1-2
  • toasted hazelnuts 35g, roughly chopped


  • Step 1

    Stir together the cream, evaporated and condensed milks, espresso, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise and ¼ tsp of salt in a medium pan over a medium-high heat until the espresso dissolves and the liquids are combined. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Press a piece of baking paper against the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming and let the mixture steep for 1 hour at room temperature. Remove the whole spices and discard. Pour the liquid into six freezer-safe ramekins or lidded kulfi moulds. Cover the tops and transfer to the freezer and allow to firm up for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.

  • Step 2

    The kulfi can be served directly in the ramekins. If using kulfi moulds, run under water for a few seconds, flip, then tap gently to release the kulfi. Garnish with toasted hazelnuts to serve.

This spiced coffee kulfi recipe is adapted from LA-based food writer Nik Sharma's book The Flavor Equation (£26, Chronicle Books).

*This recipe is gluten free according to industry standards

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 558
  • Fat 36.8g
  • Saturates 20.9g
  • Carbs 44.3g
  • Sugars 44.2g
  • Fibre 0.4g
  • Protein 12.1g
  • Salt 0.7g