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Indian food. History of creation: Kulfi, an Indian ice cream. 

Kulfi is a popular dessert all over the world, which is called "traditional Indian ice cream". In fact, it looks like an ordinary ice cream, but it is more dense and creamy, as it is not whipped. In addition, milk used is prepared in a way of vaporization, when it is being boiled up to 80 °C for an hour. Therefore, kulfi does not melt so quickly as its Western variant.


As for the flavors, there are a lot of them. Traditional versions of kulfi come with the taste of rose, mango, cardamom, saffron, pistachio and creamy "malai". Modern ones have apple, orange, strawberry, peanut and even avocado tastes! 

The word "kulfi" was derived out from the Persian "covered cup", and the dessert presumably appeared in the XVI century during the Mughal Empire. By the time, vaporized milk has been actively used for the preparation of various desserts. However, the Mughal cooks were the first to add pistachios and saffron to the milk mixture, and then freeze it in metal cone-shaped forms with the help of slurry ice brought from the Himalayas.

In our day, kulfi is sold everywhere in India. Its vendors are called "kulfiwalas". As a rule, they store ice cream in special clay forms "matki", filled with salt and ice, and serve these delicacies on banana leaves, or on sticks, like an eskimo. 

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