SAFFRON PISTACHIO YOGURT ICE-CREAM…Happy IWD

“I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships”
Gilda Radner
This frozen dessert came out more beautifully than I thought it would. I have been meaning to post it for a bit, but something or the other kept cropping up. The hub sang praises with every spoonful, & no, not because he wanted another helping, but because he truly enjoyed the flavours. Saffron & pistachio compliment each other perfectly, in colour & in soul! It was more creamier than I imagined it would be, it did have a slight tartness of yogurt which added to it’s refreshing taste. The chopped pistachios folded in towards the end gave added texture to this lively & low fat ice-cream. I created a saffron caramel sauce to go with it. It had a delicate saffron fragrance, & paired with it beautifully.
Frozen yogurt is a refreshing, tangy dessert that combines the flavors and textures of ice cream and sherbet. Frozen yogurt is a relative new-comer in the dessert market. The history of frozen desserts dates back thousands of years to Asia where water ices were first made. Although Roman literature describes how the Emperor Nero was treated to exotic fruit juices and wines chilled with mountain snow, it was not until the 13th century that Marco Polo introduced Asian water ices to Italy. The popularity of these frozen desserts spread throughout Europe and within a few centuries, European colonists introduced ice cream in the U.S. This post is out for International Women’s Day today. For all those wonderful bloggers who make our world better everyday. For the men too, but today, especially for the women. I can name a few to begin with, & could go on & on. A few who come to my mind as I write
  • Amy @ Familia Bencomo…my first blog girlfriend who I met over Serendipity & her contest just a year ago. She’s gotten busy so doesn’t blog much, but we catch up on facebook now & then.
  • The Food Blogga gal, Susan, who amazes me with every post, but amazes me even more by reaching out to me from time to time with a mail to keep in touch. Susan…am lagging behind to. Have your mail in my things-to-do folder Susan.
  • Purnima @ Fantasy Cookblog who is my special friend in Kuwait, generous with words & praise, who constantly makes so much off my blog. The good thing is that I get a picture & am email from her the instant she tries a recipe.
  • Diva @ Sugarbar…a complete mad-hatter who always racing around with unbounded spirit; a sweetheart!
  • My new friend Kilvy (Vasiliki Karyda) in Munich who has been cooking since she was 5. Following my blog, among many others, she’s now very inspired to begin her own blog, & I’m trying to lend her a hand.
  • Meeta, whose was one of the first blogs I discovered, & was very charmed by her blog name What’s For Lunch Honey? Never has a lunch gone without that scream passing through my head ‘What’s for lunch honey?’
  • Nic who I met at Cherrapeno last year & we hit it off instantly. That girl is talented, that girl is fun & that girl is generous beyond words.
  • Dear dear Helene @ La Cuisine Helene who bought me a bag of chocolate chips on reading in a post sometime back that we don’t get chocolate chips here.
  • Hanaa @ Hanaa’s Kitchen who is also another new blogpal. Thrilled to learn yesterday that our wedding anniv falls on the same day!!
  • Nachiketa @ The Variable who can talk non-stop for hours, who has infectious levels of excietment & foodie enthusiasm.
  • Val @ More Than Burnt Toast, Ivy @ Kopiaste, & Giz @ Equal Opportuniy Kitchen, the 3 superwomen, 3 amazing bloggers who are doing a wonderful job with Blogger Aid. A GREAT initiative!!
  • Good ole Arundati @ Escapades who fun-lovingly takes all my nudges & banter, & has successfully been able to grow basil from the seeds I mailed her. So what if she killed them a couple of times…
  • Arfi @ Homemades who lives in paradise & makes the most of it. She is brilliant with her camera, her foodie creations, & has a BIG heart too!
  • Aran @ Canelle et Vanille, Helen @ Tartlette & Vera @ Baking Obsession…I know that each visit is going to be a virtual treat with unlimited eye candy unlimited, refreshing ideas & pictures to swoon over.
  • …& so many many more great women. Happy IWD to all of you!!

Inspired by Meeta’s last Daring Bakers post of Saffron Coconut Ice-cream, I set off to make this. It was one that I just couldn’t shake off my mind. SAFFRON PISTACHIO YOGURT ICE-CREAM
My recipe
Ingredients:
Hung yogurt (out of 1 1/4 ltrs of yogurt)
1 1/2 cups low fat cream
1 – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
A good pinch of safrom
1/2 cup of pistachio nuts, chopped
Saffron Caramel & pistachios for garnishing

Method:

  • Take 1/4 cup of the cream, add the saffron to it, & microwave it for 30 seconds. Leave to cool & for the flavours to mature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Beat the hung yogurt till smooth. It should be nice & thick, & hold peaks. Add the cream, the saffron cream, the sugar & beat well. Taste & adjust sweetness if required.
  • Put into a freezer box & beat every hour to distribute the crystals. ( You lucky ones with ice-cream machines, just carry on to the last step…)
  • After about 4-5 hours, when it’s beginning to get nice & thick, fold the chopped pistachios through & leave it to set for another 4-5 hours, preferably overnight.
  • For the Saffron Caramel Sauce, I simmered some caramel from my jar in the fridge with a good pinch of saffron for 2-3 minutes. then I just left it to cool for about an hour for the flavours to steep.
  • Remove the ice-cream to the fridge an hour before serving, drizzle with saffron caramel sauce, top with chopped pistachios & a few stands of saffron. ENJOY!!

Comments

  1. Hanaâ says:

    I’m honored to be part of your blogpal list. Happy IWD!! Keep up the good work you do on your blog. It’s an inspiration for me at every visit and many more people feel the same way! You go girl :o)

  2. nooschi says:

    I love saffron and pistachios in ice cream. But the yogourt idea is great. Wonderful photos. Happy IWD!

  3. Gloria says:

    Dear Deeba Happy Women Day, this Pistacchio Ice cream is absolutely lovely and yummy!! love the pics!!! xxxGloria

  4. Wow, I’ve never had saffron in ice cream before, but this looks fantastic!! And happy Women Day dear Deeba!

  5. ice tea: sugar high says:

    Happy Women’s day Deeba.. pistachio and saffron.. I never tried those flavour combination before. looks divine!!

  6. I just love saffron, your ice cream looks beautiful and delicious. What a creative idea!

  7. Helene says:

    You’re another great woman on my list. I wish I could have sent you that big bag of CC. I appreciate coming here and reading your blog. Thanks.

    Happy Int’l Women Day!

  8. How great to find a new way to use saffron, especially in something sweet. I have to remember this flavor combination!

  9. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    Happy IWD Deeba! What a great way to celebrate it with ice cream using such luxurious ingredients! :)

  10. Priti says:

    Can’t take my eye of the pictures…looks so fab and delicious….using yogurt is gr8 idea..I’m all inspire to try this…but perhaps later sometime ….Happy Women’s Day to you too

  11. Nachiketa says:

    Happy Women’s day….. My SOS partner…..

    You have been my inspiration…..

    Am so happy to feature on this list…..
    To be honest…. while going thru this list, was hoping i would feature on it…..
    and YYYYYIIIIPPPPPEEEEEE, I did…
    Thanks so much for being there… :-)

    Cheers to our friendship and the kitchen :-)

  12. Pinky says:

    Hi Deeba

    I am a new follower of ur blog , & u have a lovely blog…..will surely try out this recipe.

  13. Priya says:

    Gorgeous, cant take off my eyes from the pictures, just drooling rite now..

  14. MeetaK says:

    Just love that quote. Here’S to all us great women – Deeba you are the best and I love this space. thanks for mentioning me. love the idea of yogurt in this! brilliant!

  15. Akal's Saappadu says:

    Happy women’s day to you too!

    Saffron Pistachio yogurt ice cream and wht else? you’re killing me with this delicious dessert, i would simply skip the main dish to relish this wonderful dessert!

  16. Arwen from Hoglet K says:

    That sounds just beautiful and your photos are lovely. How long do you hand the yoghurt up to drain for?

  17. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Wow droolworthy dear……Awesome….

  18. Darius T. Williams says:

    I bet this ice cream is fantastic…I need some of this in my life.

  19. Purnima says:

    Deeba, HIWD! Mention of FC on this special post! Thanks! Overwhelming! I am the one who has to thank you for ‘alws on mind’ haunting posts..many I can’t make due to my ineptness! Ooh..lots of hung curds, Deeba! Have to mention, love ur term, ‘Curd Cheese’! The dessert looks just fantastic! Mouth watering n just so appealing! Praises…well I hv used up all here, need new now!
    Tks for sharing!Glad to hv bumped into this space..2 yrs n still going strong! :D Hugs.

  20. So very pretty!!! Love pistachios.

  21. The flavors are indeed divine here. I make saffron pistachio ice cream almost all summer & i make shrikhand of the same flavor, never thought of the icrcream… but thanks a ton for giving me the yogurt idea!!

  22. Mike of Mike's Table says:

    I’ve been meaning to try saffron ice cream for the longest time–this sounds amazing and you’re right, it looks beautiful in the photo!

  23. Nicisme says:

    Happy Women’s Day to you as well Deeba!
    That ice cream looks so creamy, I’m not surprised that your hub sang praises with each spoonful!

  24. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    Dear Deeba – Happy Women’s Day to you too!! Oh I would be singing praises with each spoonful of this ice cream with those yummy flavours!!

    Rosie x

  25. arundati says:

    wow!! the pictures are stunning…as is the creation…as is this talented yet quirky woman who writes this blog….what a find you have been!! and to all those who read about good ole arundati….i am not that ole!! and yes….i look at the basil growing on my window sill every day and think of you….now at the cost of getting all mushy…. happy IWD….and thanks for spreading the love!! xoxoxo

  26. Culinarywannabe says:

    I <3 anything with pistachios. What beautiful pictures!

  27. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Happy women’s day! This ice-cream is delicious with pistachios! Yum!

  28. Maria says:

    Love all of the pistachios! Fabulous dessert!

  29. Chocolate Shavings says:

    The saffron sounds like a great addition!

  30. lisa (dandysugar) says:

    Saffron and pistachio with a drizzle of caramel = delicious creamy goodness!

  31. noble pig says:

    Deeba it is so unique and beautiful….with the saffron…oh my word. Just amazing photos too! Can you move closer so I can have some nibbles? Can you imagine living on a street with a bunch of food bloggers? We’d be so chubby!

  32. Bharti says:

    This looks lovely and nutritious too with that yogurt. I have never heard of low fat cream before this!

  33. coffeegrounded says:

    ice cream with pistachios AND saffron? Nectar of the gods……………YUMMY!

    I can’t wait to try this, Deeba.

    :)

  34. Thnx for this beautiful recipe. The pictures are to die for!

  35. noobcook says:

    wow, saffron! what a luxurious ice cream favour :)

  36. Sorry for being so late to visit but I have been having some health problems lately and don’t spend much time on the computer. I am honoured to be in your list and you are one of my dearest friends. I can imagine the lovely flavours of your ice cream and this reminds me that I have to buy an ice cream machine this year.

  37. Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." says:

    This looks so good.
    What kind of yogurt do you use?
    And, what is low fat cream?

  38. Kerstin says:

    What a gorgeous site – you’re pictures are beautiful!

    I love the idea of a saffron caramel sauce – yum.

  39. Kerstin says:

    YOUR picture are beautiful – oops – not awake yet :)

  40. Kerstin says:

    YOUR picture are beautiful – oops – not awake yet :)

  41. dear deeba, i love saffron and pistachio. i will definitely be trying to make this gorgeous icecream, esp since it does not involve an ice cream machine. i don’t have one. i’ve sent you an e-mail about something else to your airtel ID.

  42. Bunny says:

    Happy Women’s Day Deeba! You made yogurt ice cream! I’ve never seen anybody do that before! It looks wonderful!

  43. A_and_N says:

    Gosh! I stopped cooking after yesterday, and you incessantly surprise me, Deeba :)

    Here’s to you!

  44. Tangled Noodle says:

    How wonderful! I may have to start with the sauce first but I would love to make this (and hope that it would come out as beautifully)!

  45. thank your already visit in my blog,
    i still to search india cooking recipe for save in my blog, thank once again

  46. You have a great baker’s blog here. Hi,
    Just wanted to drop in a line and let you know of the “Baking Event –Calling all Foodies” hosted at the foodie site http://www.ifood.tv. Looking to making this an event that gets bloggers to unite and enjoy together with some great baking this month. The details are all given here http://www.ifood.tv/blog/baking_event_calling_all_foodies

  47. Miette says:

    Your Pitanini look great ! Very tasty ! How wonderful ! I’d like to take a bit of one of them. You’re always very creative ! Many thanks Deeba !

    Cheers,

    Miette

  48. kellypea says:

    Hmmm…I’d heard it was Women’s Month, but didn’t realize there was a day to celebrate as well. I should pay more attention! The ice cream sounds amazing right down to the saffron caramel sauce. I’m saving this one. Goodness!

  49. Aparna says:

    That ice-cream is gorgeous, Deeba.
    This woman is very late (as usual) but my belated Women’s Day wishes. Btw, why do we need one day when we have the whole year to celebrate? :)

  50. manila says:

    Great recipe. I love the kesar pista kulfi/ice cream but I have never tried it with yogurt before. I will try your recipe someday.
    Nice blog. I am a foodie too. You are welcome to visit my website.

  51. Sonia says:

    Ur Blog is awesome!! I have tried some recipes like Mango icecream,pannacota etc. Want to try this icecream-but can’t figure out hung yogurt-I live in US and we use store bought yogurt. Can I make this icecream with those. can u email me to sonia@cssoln.com-or reply here and I will check back
    Thanks

  52. ttfn300 says:

    this does sound just lovely!! i’ve been meaning to try the saffron I purchased… it’s just sitting in my cupboard right now and that’s a shame!

  53. Ricardo says:

    never mind happy women’s day..that desert would make me a very happy man, every day ..hehe loved it thx 4 sharing

  54. familiabencomo says:

    Hello, my dear,

    Can you believe that I'm just now seeing this!?!?! You are so sweet to mention me and you most certainly would have been the first on my list! Happy Women's Day to you!!!

    It is hotter that Hades here & this dessert would be the perfect diversion to all this maddening heat.

    Tanti baci, bella,
    Amy

    p.s. I have a lot of catching up to do with you, huh?!

  55. Susan says:

    I have had saffron ice cream b/4 (fr/ an Indian grocer), but never homemade. Gorgeous dessert, Deeba!

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