Remove the crust from all sides of the bread and cut the bread in small pieces.
Blend bread pieces, cornstarch, and a 1/2 cup of milk, making smooth paste and set aside.
Boil remaining milk (3.5 cups) in nonstick frying pan on medium high heat.
Stir milk as needed to keep milk from burning on the bottom of the frying pan. Stir the sides of the pan to avoid scalding.
After milk comes to boil, let the milk boil for another 12 minutes. The goal is to boil the milk from 3 1/2 cups to 2 1/2 cups.
Add the bread mixture to the milk in frying the pan and cook for another 4 minutes, reducing the heat to medium. Bread and cornstarch are added to reduce the water crystallizing in kulfi during freezing.
Next add sugar and pistachios and cook for 2 more minutes.
Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder.
Cool the milk to room temperature and pour into a bowl,
Take cellophane wrap and place it right over the milk covering it completely. Note: It is important that the cellophane wrap touches the milk.
Put it in freezer. It will take about 7 hours for the kulfi to be ready to serve.
I grew up eating Pista Kulfi every summer in India. Though this dessert has its origins in the Middle East, it is immensely popular in all over Asia. Fragrant, sweet and luscious – that is how I would describe this dessert. Love the way the dessert is being demonstrated in the video by Manjula. Enjoy!