Saffron Ice Cream

In ancient Persia, grape juice on ice was served as a dessert. The snow was brought up either from top of the mountains or from underground heat-resistant construction called Yakhchal. This basic form of ice cream has always been popular among Iranians.
Saffron ice cream is a traditional Iranian ice cream made with pistachios, rose water and saffron. It is often sandwiched between two wafers and called “Bastani Nooni” which means an ice cream sandwich!
As the name suggests, saffron is the main ingredient in this dessert. Saffron protects your body against diseases due to its antioxidants and carotenoids. It is also an antidepressant that helps in absorbing calcium. Saffron helps metabolism and regulates blood glucose. One serving of saffron ice cream (110g) has 373 calories.

Saffron ice cream Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Rosewater
  • Cream
  • Salep
  • Cardamom
  • Brewed saffron
  • Pistachio

Saffron ice cream Recipe

First, pour the milk into a bowl and put it on the heat. Add sugar and wait until it simmers.
In another container, mix the salep with a little sugar (about 50g).
Now, add the salep and sugar mixture to the milk container. Use a mixer to stir the ingredients so that the mixture dissolves completely.
Before you turn off the flame, add rose water and stir for a few minutes, then add saffron.
Add the cardamom and the cream after the ingredients are cooled down. Keep stirring to dissolve the cream in the milk thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a metal container; place it in the fridge.
Repeat the last step 3 times to get sweeter ice cream.
Some people are willing to use dried cream in their ice cream. If this is so, mix sugar with cream, then pour it into a container and put it in the fridge to get frozen.


Persians tend to decorate the topping with nuts like pistachio, walnut, etc. Using cardamom is optional and a nice way to aromatize ice cream. Using a little more sugar makes it tough.
The ice cream can be frozen for up to 1 week.

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