Pistachio & Cardamom Ice Cream

A good curry night is hard to beat. After lots of spicy food, dessert isn't always what's on the mind, however a smooth and pallet cleansing sweet treat is always welcome. One might opt to choose something along the lines of a mango sorbet, but my wife is a pistachio fiend which meant I had to develop a suitable ice cream for post curry night.

Kulfi has been a traditional iced delight since the 16th century and the use of cardamom in recipes is arguably the most conventional flavour. Pistachio is often the flavour of choice in modern times.

Rather than stick to a classic kulfi formula, I prefer to stick to a frozen custard and create a silky smooth pistachio and cardamom ice cream. 

This recipe will require the use of an ice cream machine and a food processor.





Category: Dessert
Cuisine Type Indian


For 1 Batch(es)

Pistachio & Cardamom Ice Cream

250 ml whole milk
250 ml double cream
5 egg yolks
100 grams shelled pistachios
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
125 grams caster sugar

Pistachio & Cardamom Ice Cream Directions

  1. Combine the milk, cream and cardamom in a large sauce pan and place on a medium heat bringing it to a gentle simmer.
  2. While the milk and cream are warming, whisk the egg yolks and the sugar together in a large mixing bowl, then pour the hot milk and cream over the egg yolks whisking constantly as you do.
  3. Give your saucepan a quick rinse, now return the egg and milk mixture to the pan and cook, stiring constantly, until thick enouch to coat the back of a spoon. It should be thick and velvety.
  4. Once the mixture has reached its desired consistency, turn off the heat. Use a food processor to blitz the pistachios into a nut butter, then mix into the ice cream custard. Once fully combined, pour back into the mixing bowl you used earlier.
  5. Leave the mixture to cool completely. Once chilled, churn in an ice cream machine as per manufacturers instructions.
    Decant the ice cream into a tub and enjoy right away or keep fresh in your freezer for another occasion.

Recipe notes

Be careful not to overcook the custard or it will scramble.

Nutrition facts

vegetarian gluten free

Per Serving

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