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Zee Foods – Organic Indian Ice Cream & popsicles (kulfi)

rworange | Sep 5, 200507:16 PM

With all my moaning about the lack of paletas in the Bay Area, a friend bought me a Kulfibar which is sold at the Double Rainbow store in San Pablo.

Double Rainbow only carries the bars, but Zee Foods makes three ice cream products:

KulfiPop – An all natural frozen pop made with organic milk, sugar, fruit and spices. Flavors are marvelous mango, malai (ground almond, pistachio & cardomom), kesar pista (saffron & cardamom). Well, the ‘marvelous’ part of the mango is mine. They put a touch of cardamom with the mango giving it almost a pumpkin ice cream flavor. I love pumpkin ice cream.

KulfiBar – described as lighter in taste. Shaped like a creamsicle.

KulfiCream – Indian ice cream. Ice cream is not the right name as there is only milk, skim milk and whey used. According to Wikipedia, kulfi “is made by boiling milk until it is reduced to half. Then sugar is added and the mixture is boiled for another ten minutes.”

It has a wonderful creamy consistancy even though it is lighter like ice milk. I’ve never been to Bombay Ice Cream so I don’t have any comparison. This is my first taste and I like it.

The KuliBars and KulfiCream come in the following flavors: Strawberry, Mango, Malai, Kesar Pista, Pista (pistachio), Coconut, TuttiFruiti and KajuDraksh (no clue).

Unlike the all natural pops (with a little guar gum), the bars and cream have preservatives, artificial colors, and some corn syrup (although it is at the end of the ingrediant list). They still taste lovely.

I did a taste off between the malai pop and the malai bar. The bar was the winner for me with larger pieces of almonds and pistachios and a more pronounced cardamom flavor (a good thing). The all natural pop was lovely too, however the nuts were finely ground and the flavors more subtle.

Although the winner out of all that I sampled was that mango pop.

I was expecting to report this on the general board, but checking their website it turns out they are a Bay Area Indian food company that got its start selling Kulfi and Falooda Kulfi at local Indian festivals. The demand turned this hobby into a business. There is a description of Falooda Kulfi and a picture on the website link below. It is under products – ice cream.

They also are a distributor of yogurt and paneer according to the website.

Since the local Double Rainbow only sells the bars, I hustled off to the local Indian market, New Ratna Mahal, next to Raley’s on San Pablo Dam Road. They carried the pops and ice cream as well as the bars. A list of Bay Area stores that carry this brand is on the website.


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