NO: vanilla, alcohol, food coloring, artificial flavoring, or additives are contained in Kulfi. Futhermore, our ingredients are sourced from all over the world.
Saffron is derived from the three stigmas of the saffron crocus flower. From 1,000g of these stigmas, 10g of the finest saffron is produced. It’s not just the most expensive spice in the world, it is a rich source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. Our saffron is imported from Muscat, Oman and grown in the lush saffron fields of Iran.
Cardamom has a unique flavor and aroma that is hard to put into words . It contains volatile oils that provide numerous health benefits such as improving metabolism and burning body fat. It is also considered one of the best digestive aids believed to help the body process other foods more efficiently. Our cardamom is imported from the evergreen forests of Guatemala.
Our fruit puree is imported from France and is 90% fruit, 10% sugar. We use various nuts that are grown domestically. Not only do they add texture, they are also an added source of nutrition and protein. There are nut-free versions available for each flavor, and we are also working on a dairy-free coconut milk version of kulfi..
BEHIND THE KULFI CO.
The earliest, most vivid memories of my childhood are those hot, humid days in New Delhi when my sister, cousins, and I waited for the kulfiwala (ice cream vendor) to arrive.
We would all rush to my grandmother’s room after returning home from school. She would make us tell her one thing we learned in school that day before slipping a wrinkled rupee into each of our tiny hands. Though she loved to indulge us, we were only allowed one of these forbidden treats each. Hurriedly, we would run to the window. The heat, the anticipation, and the fact that you could taste the kulfi before you actually put it in your mouth reminded us-where was he?!
When the kulfiwala finally arrived, he came with numerous stacked, wooden boxes lined with sacks and filled with crushed salted ice; and inside the slotted cases were the multiple flavors of kulfi. In today’s world it may seem ridiculous, but for those few moments this decision was the most momentous decision of our young lives..
We breathed in the sweet essence of the saffron, and bit the jade green pistachios off the side of the melting, creamy kulfi. In a matter of 30 seconds it would be devoured, yet the taste of musky cardamom & earthy chai still evoke the adventure, innocence, and carelessness of childhood that we recall to this day.
Today, migrants from India are all over the world. They are still Indians, but of two kinds — the first generation, for whom the longing for the taste of home is sharp, and the second generation, for whom it is more subtle, yet still strong. Now, as a new generation discovers how far it has come from its roots, it will feel that much closer after tasting TKC’s products.
JUNE 22, 2013