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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 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!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 294 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Freezer safe container


  • 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


  • 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 Kitchen-aid mixer, it takes only about 3-4 minutes on the highest speed. 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.
    Whipped cream in a bowl
  • 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.


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.


Calories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 811IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg
Keyword indian dessert, indian ice cream, kesar pista desserts, kesar pista ice cream, saffron ice cream
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