Kesar Pista Ice Cream (Eggless)

Kesar Pista Ice Cream is a popular eggless vanilla ice cream that is flavoured with expensive spice saffron and pistachio nuts. This recipe is prepared using an ice cream maker.

This homemade ice cream is classic and one might say it's an ancient item and I believe it's perfectly even fit for the Gods, if he/she is watching you are having it, even he might get jealous of you :)!

Kesar Pista, the 'King of the Flavours' in Indian desserts.  Truly delicious, taste buds-teasing, rich yet very light and has beautiful and aromatic flavours of saffron and pistachio in it. It is so yummy and addictive, one might help themselves for seconds :) after all, it's frozen ambrosia !!!

There are plenty of foods along with Kesar Pista Ice Cream, that I don't think about ever that has got erased from my childhood memories, Kesar Pista Ice Cream, connects to me with my happy childhood, and the very thought of this food makes me so nostalgic that my heart, mind and taste buds that literally craves for it.

Kulfi, Ganne ka ras (Sugar cane Juice ), Baraf ka Gola ( Shaved ice with flavoured sugar syrup ) are such food that make me go back to the yesteryears.

We siblings would wait for the scorching day to be passed, so in the evening after dinner, we could go out for a walk to get fresh and cool air with parents and buy any of the above items.

Almost every day we can have Ganne ka ras or Baraf ka Gola which was cheaper and once a week dad would buy us ice cream.

We would sit and decide which flavour we would like to have, and without fail, I would have Vadilal Kesar Pista or Kaju Draksh ( cashew and raisins ), somehow choco bar, butterscotch or Rajbhog didn't appeal to me much, it could be the high price.

Then I and my brother would rush to the Ice cream parlour and hurried quickly and then we would blissfully lick this throat cooling, soft and smooth yummy ice cream to our heart content!

One of the most things I was missing after settling in the UK, that was Kesar Pista ice cream, There are hundreds of flavoured ice creams available here, actually now many have become my favourite too, but none of them compensates Kesar Pista Ice cream. It is available easily, but taste no way near to, what I used to eat in India, my family couldn't understand why I was making so much fuss particular over this flavour until our daughter ate this ice cream in India when we visited, and almost she got hooked that we repeated the same until we came back :)

After we came back from India in 2012, in the next summer she asked me if I can make Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream, although she is crazy for Cookies 'N' Cream Ice Cream and can make it herself without me knowing she can churn that ice cream any time :) When she asked, I was more than happy to churn this sinful dessert.

Kesar Pista Ice Cream turned out so well, so smooth and soft, the first batch was vanished by a family without saying a word, yes my family won't say a word when they are fully enjoying their meal, after finishing the bowl full of ice cream verdicts came ' Can we have More please ?' Mum, I thought I was transported back to India, and having some royal treats,  this ice cream even beat the one which we had in India about the one you were raving about it, you nailed it, daughter said, and similar praises followed by the husband and son, and I felt elated as surely I thought I won accolades :)

BTW, next day once again I prepared a fresh batch of this ice cream, and literally guarded it until I quickly took few pictures of it, as it was quite warm day and this ice cream wanted to become milkshake :). We thoroughly enjoyed this time with Pistachio studded wafer Cones :)

These pictures were taken in summer 2013 :)))

In many parts of the world, summers are at peak, and nothing beats the heat especially for kids than doses of ice cream. Homemade ice creams prove it's freshness and shows what kind of efforts you are putting.  My all homemade no cooking ice creams, including Dulce de leche Ice Cream, are pure vegetarian, without eggs or even custard or corn powder. I make ice cream with minimum good quality ingredients and small fresh batches every time with very easy method.

So hey guys, if you haven't tried this flavoured ice cream or have tried but never made at home. now it's the right time. Keep yourself and family too cool and earn those brownie points from your loved ones try this, an ultimate and perfect summer treat and yes, let's beat the heat together, however in our neck of the woods yet we have to see warmer days !!

How to make Ice Cream without Ice Cream maker

To make the no-churn ice cream you may need different ingredients.

1. Dissolve a big pinch of saffron in a one tbsp of warm milk.

2. Take a frozen bowl and add 2 cups chilled double cream, whip up the cream with an electric whisker until stiffness peaks.

3. Add 1 cup sweetened condensed milk and keep whipping for another 2-3 minutes.

4. Add saffron milk and cut pistachio and mix well with a spatula.

5. Transfer the ice cream into an airtight container, sprinkle some saffron and pistachio nuts, cover it with the lid and place it in the freezer for 6-7 hours or until firm.

6. Serve and enjoy.

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Yield: 4-6 SERVINGS



Saffron and Pistachio flavoured Ice Cream, on every bite, feels like heaven is on Earth!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M


  • 2 cup double cream chilled
  • 1 cup whole milk Chilled
  • 2/3 cup regular granulated sugar
  • Generous pinch of saffron
  • 3-4 tbsp. pistachio finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. saffron and pistachio to garnish
  • small pinch cardamom powder



  1. Freeze the freezer ice cream bowl as per manufacturer's instruction.
  2. Combine milk, sugar and saffron in one bowl and whisk until sugar dissolves.
  3. Then add the double cream and gently mix everything.
  4. Place freezer bowl into ice cream machine and add cardamom powder and Pistachios into liquid.
  5. Turn the machine on and transfer liquid into the ice cream maker and follow according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. My ice cream maker produces soft finish, so for a firmer texture, I freeze the ice cream mixture into an airtight container, garnish the ice cream with the saffron threads and pistachio nuts and freeze for at least an hour.
  7. Ice cream is ready without any crystals.
  8. Enjoy!


1 cup =240mls
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  1. Hi Jagruti,
    Your recipe bring back all my childhood memories. Used to enjoy at Satyavijay Icecream, local ice cream store in Rajkot. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe. I can't resist my self to give it try. Just quick question double cream is same as heavy whipping cream? Or is it something different?

    1. Hi SRK, lol for a second I thought Shah Rukh Khan has left the comment :) Thank you for visiting JCO. Glad to know that you also like this flavour too.

      Yes, double cream as same as heavy whipping cream.
      All the best !

  2. Hi,what percentage of fat content are best for ice cream

    1. We have used 48% fat content cream for this ice cream recipe.


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