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Saffron Spot Serves Up Kulfi on a Stick

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Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM
click to enlarge Smita Vasant with kulfi. - BARBARA HANSEN
  • Barbara Hansen
  • Smita Vasant with kulfi.

Saffron Spot's Indian ice creams include a newcomer, kulfi on a stick. This ice cream shop in Little India has always had kulfi, but not frozen in the traditional cone shape.

Owner Smita Vasant has procured food-grade plastic cones from India. The ice cream and stick are frozen in these, producing kulfi that you can eat on the go, like a popsicle.

Just three flavors come in this form -- mango, pistachio and malai (cream). Saffron Spot's other ice creams are frozen in a machine, which incorporates air. That makes them softer than kulfi, which goes directly into the cones and then the freezer.

"Kulfi is one of our most authentic items," Vasant says. "It's made the old-fashioned way, by boiling milk until it is reduced and then adding sugar and spices to it. People who come here from India and eat it say that it tastes better than what they get back home."

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