Mango Kulfi – You Won’t Find This Incredible Ice Cream at Dairy Queen

By Mark Wiens 28 Comments
Kuremal Mahavir Prasad Kulfi Wale
Kuremal Mahavir Prasad Kulfi Wale

We’ve all had ice cream and we’ve all eaten mangoes (maybe even mango ice cream).

But have you ever had mango ice cream in a mango that’s sliced with a hacksaw?

I first found out about Kuremal Mahavir Prasad Kulfi Wale while browsing this article by EOID, and since I was already exploring the many things to do in Delhi and happened to be in Chawri Bazar, there was no way I was going to miss this brilliant looking mango kulfi.

Frozen mango, solid as a rock
Frozen mango, solid as a rock

What is mango kulfi?

Kulfi is basically Indian style ice cream.

It’s thick and creamy and just like many other Indian desserts (such as malaiyo), kulfi normally includes spices like cardamom to give it a flavor that’s different from most Western ice creams.

Also, kulfi tastes a little grainier to me, it’s not usually completely silky smooth, but rather has a little texture to it – perhaps from nuts or spices? Just like other ice creams, there are many different flavors, and types of kulfi in India.

But now lets move on to the mango kulfi…

Skinning the mango
Skinning the mango

The genius of a mango kulfi at Kuremal Mahavir Prasad Kulfi Wale in Delhi begins with a mango, and as I understand in the north of India, Alphonso mangoes are considered supreme.

A slice is cut off the top so the seed can be dug out and then it’s replaced with the creamy ice cream mixture. The mango is then sealed with clay, and frozen in a blizzard freezer until it’s more solid than a rock (if only they could do this with durian ice cream, that might be the best creation ever)!

As soon as I ordered it, the vendor took out a hammer and flaked off the clay bottom, chipping it off like he was tearing down a concrete sidewalk with a sledge hammer.

After the hammer, he took out, not a knife, but yes, a hacksaw blade!

Not the cleanest way to do things... but it works!
Not the cleanest way to do things… but it works!

Once the skin of the mango was fully peeled, he then sawed it into bite sized manageable pieces. I’m telling you, it was frozen so solid, only a saw could do!

The beautiful ice cream interior was studded with pistachios and I’m not exactly sure what the red fruit was, but I think it was a cherry.

A plate of mango kulfi in Delhi, India
A plate of mango kulfi in Delhi, India

The mango kulfi cost 200 INR ($3.50), which came as a little bit of a shock to me at first, because everything else I had been eating had been around the 50 INR range. That being said, the vendor did tell me that the smaller kulfis on a stick were just 25 INR.

I’m still not sure if I was ripped off or if that was the correct price – but I can tell you that paying that much was worth it to me!

The fruit store is your sign to turn right
The fruit store is your sign to turn right

Just like that life-changing mango lassi I slurped down in Kolkata, this mango kulfi was almost as wonderful (I’d still go for the lassi most of the time), and it sure was a treat!

It’s a little tough to find, but make sure you take a right at this fruit store and you can also ask someone if the lane is “Kucha Pati Ram,” which is the alley you’re looking for.

Open Hours: Afternoon /evening is the best time – but they don’t have a set schedule
Price: It cost 200 INR ($3.64) – now the price was so high I think because it wasn’t mango season when I went? Or maybe I got ripped off? But it was surely worth it. Smaller kulfi’s are 25 – 50 INR ($0.45 – $0.91).
Address: Kucha Pati Ram, Bazar Sita Ram, Delhi, 110006
How to get there: Take the Metro to Chawri Bazar, exit at gate 3, and immediately cross the street and go down Sita Ram Bazar lane. Take your second right at Kucha Pati Ram, an alley marked by a big fruit stall. Walk down the alley for 200 – 300 meters and you’ll come to the place on your right hand side.


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  • Vishal

    2 years ago

    Great content. Keep writing.

  • Simppy patni

    3 years ago

    mango kulfi ice cream is one of the best ice cream for me, I always follow your articles, and you write terrific but this post mango-kulfi ice cream is fantastic with crisp images. Keep writing like this, keep working keep going.

  • Ying

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark – this post looks awesome! I’d like to try it out when I get to Delhi next week but I’m cautious of street food. Did you feel sick after eating the raw mango? Is this place clean?

  • Parul

    6 years ago

    WTF! I stay in Delhi and I don’t even know. Maybe there are some secrets that every city keeps that only outsiders can open the localites’ eyes to. So glad to have learned something from you today. Wow=)

  • HyderabadFoodGuy

    6 years ago

    Now, I’ve has mango flavoured kulfi at a lot of places, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this! Amazing.

  • suraj

    6 years ago

    Great to see you in India.I love this mango kulfi i will try it when i reach delhi next time. In your next video hope to see your entire family together in one video.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much Suraj, hope you can try this!

  • Tasira

    7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for the information in detail! I knew about the frozen mango but didn’t know where to find it!! Anyway, I guess you have tried the wonderful Shahi Tukra of Chandni Chowk ? It’s in the same lane where the Kareem’s is 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hi Tasira, great to hear from you, glad this is helpful and hope you can find the ice cream. I did eat at Kareems, but no I missed the famous shahi tukra – I’ll have to save that for next time. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Lily La

    8 years ago

    It’s currently getting pretty cold here in Korea, but I still wouldn’t say no to a few pieces of this! Looks delicious.

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Lilly, great to hear from you. Even though it’s cold outside, it’s hard to resist come kulfi!

  • Arti

    8 years ago

    Jalebi, Lassi and now Kulfi!! You have really tasted heavenly stuff in India!! Although Rs 200 sounds too high to me, even in some restaurants the charge is not this high! But then you enjoyed it thoroughly, and that is more important for me 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Thank you so much Arti, I definitely did enjoy it!

  • Renuka

    8 years ago

    Wow the Kulfi looks nice, (but look at the nails of the man serving it!)

  • Aktar

    8 years ago

    Hey Mark, article was mouth watering dude………….. I’ll definitely try this mango kulfi when i visit this place. Thanks for sharing the address.

  • Mike | Earthdrifter

    8 years ago

    I love it when they use fresh fruit in the ice cream. I’ve tried mango and mora (blackberry) and even guayaba ice cream down here in South America. Trying new exotic local stuff is great fun. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Mike, good to hear from you, you’re in South America now? Those ice creams sound wonderful!

  • cabiria

    8 years ago

    I’m going to India in two months and I just discovered this…great!! Many thanks to you from a mango lover 😉

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Great to hear that Cabiria, have a safe trip!

  • Anwesha

    8 years ago

    Hey Mark, the kulfi looks so amazing. In all my Kulfi adoring days, I have never seen a Kulfi that looks to incredible. Rs 200 for Kulfi at a road side stall certainly sounds like a lot, but maybe they are charging for the innovation? If I saw this, I would also pay 200 to try it. 🙂
    But yeah, Mango lassi at Kolkata (which incidentally is my hometown) is awesome. Anyhow, I like the classic pistachio kulfi better than the fruit ones (well except maybe the custard apple one).
    🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Anwesha, thank you so much for sharing, glad you’d pay that much too even as a local. I certainly thought it was worth it. That mango lassi in Kolkata is a flavor I’ll remember forever, still one of the best beverages I’ve ever had in my life!

  • Alex | Partial Parallax

    8 years ago

    Mango Kulfi sounds amazing! India seems to really be a food Mecca with so many different and great types of food, just more reasons why I have to visit India!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Alex, yes India really is a paradise for food lovers. Hope you can visit!

  • Nash

    8 years ago

    Love the hack saw blade being used to cut the Kulfi, if anything I would be scared of that!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Thanks Nash, that was a nice touch to the experience!