Ovaltine Kulfi with Caramelized Banana

Look. I'm not going to lie to you, the situation with this kulfi is that it is DELICIOUS, but...it takes such a long time to make, and it's not like you can walk away from it. You have to keep stirring it - every few minutes. So, I have two suggestions - make this on a lazy weekend and plan to make a bunch of other recipes while doing this, so you feel better about being in the kitchen (or very near the kitchen) for three hours. 

However, if you decide to put the time into this dessert, you will be richly rewarded!

Ovaltine Kulfi with Caramelized Banana | This Healthy Table

I made this an ovaltine kulfi, because it was one of my favorite recipes at a restaurant where we used to live - the restaurant's recipe was more like a cake and this is definitely closer to ice cream, though. Kulfi is more traditionally made with pistachios, rose, or mangoes. It's a popular dessert from the Indian subcontinent that is dense and creamy. 

Ovaltine Kulfi with Caramelized Banana | This Healthy Table

I hope you're having a wonderful week and that you enjoy this delicious kulfi recipe!

Yield: 6 servings

Ovaltine Kulfi with Caramelized Bananas

This Ovaltine kulfi recipe with caramelized bananas is rich and delicious.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 3 hourtotal time: 3 hours and 5 mins


  • 1-liter whole milk 

  • 3/4 cup demerara sugar

  • pinch of salt

  • pinch of saffron

  • 1/3 cup Ovaltine

  • 2 bananas


  1. Put the milk in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce to a simmer. 

  2. Simmer, stirring often, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Reduce to a third of its original amount. 

  3. Stir in sugar, salt, saffron, and Ovaltine and simmer for 5 more minutes. 

  4. Distribute evenly in between 5 or 6 small containers or Tupperware and freeze for at least 7 hours. 

  5. Before serving, cut bananas lengthwise and then crosswise and in a small frying pan over medium heat, sauté bananas for 2 minutes to caramelize. 

  6. Remove kulfi from containers (it may help to run under hot water) and place banana on top - serve immediately! 



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