As one of our most popular flavors, malai kulfi’s rich, creamy, and sweet taste is a must-have for the novice or seasoned kulfi lover – but what is malai?
Malai is an Indian cooking ingredient used to make a variety of dishes, such as kofta dumplings, curries, and traditional desserts. This Indian cream is made when you heat and cool non-homogenized whole milk and then skim off the fatty layer – resulting in a thick and yellowy clotted cream. In fact, in English, you might call malai simply “cream.”
But Are Malai and Cream the Same?
Not really. There are differences. Authentic Indian malai is made with buffalo milk, unlike heavy cream, which uses regular whole milk. Both have similar consistencies and are dairy-based products. However, separating the fat during the boiling process is key to making true malai.
This doesn’t mean you can’t make your own malai at home. Although the consistency might differ, cow’s milk works wonderfully for homemade malai. Here’s how:
- Start by heating your milk of choice and bringing it to 180°F.
- After an hour of boiling, you’ll notice a layer of fat and coagulated proteins rising to the top.
- This is what malai actually is!
- Skim it off, and you’re ready to use malai in your favorite sweet and savory dishes.
Myth or Fact: Is Malai Good For My Skin?
Some people believe malai has hydration properties, helping to ease dehydrated skin and uneven skin tone.
Others claim it can help brighten your complexion and improve skin elasticity.
Although no one has tested the product thoroughly, it’s true that research has found malai contains alpha hydroxy acid. And this ingredient is very popular for its exfoliating capabilities – removing dead skin cells and stimulating cell regrowth!
What Else Do We Know About Malai and Malai Kulfi?
One thing we do know is that malai, as the cream of milk, allows for a variety of flavor combinations.
At Kaurina’s, we enhance the flavor of malai with fresh ground cardamom spice to reveal the purest flavor of the original kulfi.
Cardamom has been used for centuries, both in cooking and medicine, due to its good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. So, by adding this spice into the mix, malai kulfi is a guilt-free dessert with intense flavor and aroma.
What’s not to like? With only 7 grams of sugar and 80 calories per bar, malai kulfi works as a convenient
- on-the-go snack,
- dessert, or
- small and healthy answer to your sweet-tooth craving!
You’ll always find kulfi on the dessert menu of Indian restaurants, so why not make this dessert a tradition for yourself and your family and friends?
We craft our kulfi from centuries of inspiration and passion, ensuring you have the most authentic kulfi experience. Find our kulfi near you today and taste the sweetness of malai kulfi to the full!