Cool and creamy, icy and refreshing—there's no better way to cool off in the summer than a frozen dessert. Every culture seems to have its specialty: bright and fruity Mexican paletas, dense, luscious kulfi from India, the Thai-style coconut ice cream served on a hot dog bun that's known as pok pok. There's a cool treat for every palate, and these eight recipes, many of which don't need an ice cream maker, are some of our favorite picks from around the world.
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Made in flavors like saffron, pistachio, cardamom, and rose water, kulfi
has a dense, creamy texture and a rich taste that come from the traditional way of preparing it. What makes kulfi
so thick and luscious, and what makes it slower to melt than most styles of ice cream, is that it isn't churned to incorporate air; instead, milk is slowly simmered until it reduces to become as thick as heavy cream.
See the recipe for Pistachio Kulfi »