Kesar pista ice cream was the only reason I ever agreed to go on long trips to Patel Brothers Indian grocery store in Edison, NJ, growing up. I hated going Indian grocery shopping with my parents; it took forever, and I just wanted to spend my weekends playing with my cousins. To get us out of their hair, my parents would buy my sister and I kesar pista (saffron and pistachio) kulfis to enjoy in the parking lot while we waited for them.
In this recipe, I added kesar mango purée, which you can buy at the Indian grocery store. If you don’t have one nearby, you can blend up an Alphonso mango.