Kesar Pista Ice Cream

Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a small white bowl with a green cloth in the background.

This creamy and quick kesar pista ice cream recipe can be made with just a few ingredients and time. It has a light saffron/floral taste that is the star of the treat with bits of pistachio for some contrast. It is a popular Indian ice cream recipe that is saffron and pistachio flavored. It is no churn so you don’t need an ice cream maker!

Active time: 10 minutes Freezing time: 6-8 hours

Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a small white bowl with a green cloth in the background.

Indian ice cream flavors have a delicious unique taste and this kesar pista ice cream (saffron pistachio ice cream) is a very popular flavor! It is a favorite flavor in my family and I have also made Kesar Pista Kulfi, Kesar Pista Cupcakes, Kesar Pista Milk Cake. So, it was only some time before this recipe went up!

  • This recipe needs minimal active time
  • Vegetarian and eggless
  • No churn recipe so no ice cream maker needed
Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a white bowl with a spoon to the side.

Key Ingredient Notes

You only need a handful of ingredients to make kesar pista ice cream!

  • Heavy whipping cream and condensed milk are your prime ingredietns
  • Pistachios – add as many as you like. Suggest chopping or even roasting to deepen the flavor.

Tips on making the ice cream

Whipping the heavy cream: keep the heavy cream in the coldest part of your fridge. Take it out when you are ready to use it so it stays cold.

Also, it helps to to use a cold bowl and cold whisk when whipping the heavy cream. If possible, keep it in the fridge before using.

Don’t over mix the ice cream mixture: You whip the heavy cream to give lift to the ice cream mixture. So, try to gently fold in the condensed milk and other ingredients. Mixing lightly with a spoon.

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Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a small white bowl with a green cloth in the background.

Kesar Pista Ice Cream

Shilpa Joshi
This creamy quick kesar pista ice cream recipe can be made with just a few ingredients and time. It is a popular Indian ice cream recipe that is saffron and pistachio flavored.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 294 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Freezer safe container

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp pistaschios chopped
  • ¾ tsp cardamom ground
  • ½ tsp saffron
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Crush saffron and put in warm milk to bloom.
    Saffron blooming in milk in a small clear glass bowl.
  • Mix condensed milk, pistachios, cardamom in a bowl. Last, whisk in the bloomed saffron. Set aside.
  • Take heavy cream out of fridge. Whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In a Kitchenaid mixer, it takes only about 3 minutes. You will have a big bowl of whipped cream. Gently, fold in the condensed milk mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. Don't mix too roughly as that takes the air out of the whipped cream.
  • Pour into freezer safe container. Freeze for minimum of 6 hours. 8 hours or overnight is ideal as freezer temperature may vary.
    Kesar pista ice cream mixture in a freezer safe container.
  • Serve and garnish with additional pistachios.
    Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a small white bowl with a green cloth in the background.

Notes

You can use any whisk to whip up heavy cream however I recommend either using an electric whisk or a mixer with a whisk attachment.
Also, keep your heavy cream and whisk cold until you are ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 811IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg
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