Ice Cream or Bastani with pistachio’s and rose water

Ice Cream is easier to make than you think.  If you have an Ice Cream maker it’s even easier but not necessary. This is a basic Ice Cream recipe I adapted a little to give it a slightly Persian taste.

Serves 4


  • 400 mls  of milk 
  • 400 mls  of double cream
  • 100 g’s of caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs yolks
  • 2 teaspoons of rose-water
  • chopped pistachio nuts


  • If you are using an ice cream maker make sure your bowl is frozen
  • You will need a storage container
  • whisk the cream until thick


  1. Pour the milk into a pan and slowly heat to boiling point.
  2. pour the egg yolks into a bowl and add the sugar and rose-water
  3. Mix in well with a hand whisk
  4. Add the egg yolk and sugar to the milk continuing to whisk
  5. Return to a low  heat and stir constantly until the mixture forms a glaze over the back of a wooden spoon but do not let it boil or the ingredients will separate.
  6. Remove from the heat and place to one side until cold
  7. When cold fold  the cream  into the milk mix and stir in
  8. Either pour this into your freeze bowl and follow the instructions for freeze churning
  9. OR pour into a storage container.
  10. When the Ice Cream is beginning to set add the pistachio nuts and return to the freezer or continue the freeze process.Iranian Ice cream




14 thoughts on “Ice Cream or Bastani with pistachio’s and rose water

  1. I love using rosewater in Lavender Rosewater Shortbread Cookies, or with rice and chicken, but never thought of using it in ice cream. I can’t to try this recipe. I love it, thanks for sharing.

    1. Im so delighted that you have found another use for rosewater…. we use it in many recipes as you will find in the recipes section here. You might like to try the recipe for sholeh zard too 🙂

  2. i have an easier way to make it ,just buy a vanilla icecream box empty it in a food processor add rosewater and pistachio and you can add crushed musk pieces and put it back in the freezer for 3 hours and enjoy!!

  3. Can i make it without eggs? I am vegetarian dont eat eggs!

    I have no idea I’m afraid! Try your usual egg substitute !

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