A delicious dessert easily prepared at home, or mango ice cream (or kulfi) is a creamy and satisfying conclusion to any meal. This simple dish is made from mangoes, honey (or another sweetener), cream, and vanilla extract. Simply blend ripe mangoes, mix them with the other ingredients, and let the ice cream freeze—no ice cream maker required! Kulfi is believed to date all the way back to the 16th-century Mughal Empire, where people tended to flavor it with saffron or pistachios.
Ingredients for Mango Ice Cream
- 1 cup of Ripe Mangos (about 1-2 mangos)
- 2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
- ½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup of honey, maple syrup or agave nectar (add as required, depending on sweetness of the mangos)
How to Make Mango Ice Cream
- Peel and slice the mangos.
- Once you have your mango flesh, add it to a blender or food processor and blend until you have a lovely smooth puree.
- Pour the cream in to a large bowl and whip until quite thick. Be careful not to over whip or it will become grainy.
- Stir in the mango puree and the vanilla extract until well combined. Taste the mixture for sweetness and then add enough syrup/honey to give it a good balanced flavor.
- Pour this mixture in to a freezable container and place in a freezer.
- Freeze for 2-4 hours and remove from the freezer. Give it a good stir to incorporate all of the formed ice crystals and return to the freezer for another 2-4 hours. This will give it a really creamy texture when you come to serve it.
- When ready to serve, remove from the freezer 15-20 minutes before needing it. Scoop in to balls and serve simply on it’s own, as a refreshing dessert.
- You could add chopped nuts, coconut cream, crystalized ginger, a wafer biscuit or crystalized mint leaves as an extra touch.
Health Benefits of Mangos
- Full Of Vitamin A to promote good eye health.
- Full of Vitamin C, pectin and fibre to help lower cholesterol and boost the immune system.
- Have a low glycemic index, so when eaten in moderation they will not cause spikes in blood sugar levels.
- Full of fibre to help with digestion and gut health
- Full of anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties, assisting with the protection against heart disease, stroke and some cancers.