Make Ahead

Passage to India

January 30, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Makes 1 pint
Author Notes

Working my way around the world through recipes in ice cream will not help my lower cholesterol, but does provide one way to happy experiments. So how could I resist an ice cream adventure in cardamom with my love of masala chai? With all the heavy cream, I suggest this recipe come with a requirement to visit the gym. Trust me, it is really worth the trip! For this recipe I am using black cardamom for a slightly smoky taste. If you only have green cardamom, it will also be delicious but in a different sweeter, more aromatic way. There are many savory cardamom uses, but this ice cream temptation won out over those. Please note this recipe is truly inspired by India, but does not make any claims to be an authentic Indian recipe! —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 3 black cardamom pods
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1 cup heavy cream, organic preferred
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces dark muscovado sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon Meyer's lemon zest
  • optional garnish of whipped cream, lightly seasoned with spice
  • optional garnish of ground spice mix including ginger, cinnamon and a touch of cardamom
  • a splash of brandy for a special dessert is another optional finish
  1. Be sure to use fresh spices, not outdated ones. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods. Take all the spice seeds and bruise and crush them in a mortar and pestle.I like them a bit coarse for added texture to the ice cream. Pan fry them for 1-3 minutes.
  2. In a heavy sauce pan whisk together the cream, half and half, muscovado sugar, all the spices, and salt. Scald, but do not bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Take off the heat.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks together with the lemon zest. Temper with 1/4 cup of the cream mix. Gradually pour yolk mix into the rest of cream mix in the pan and stir over low heat, but do not boil. Cover with parchment paper and cool; then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or more.
  4. Proceed to follow your ice cream maker directions and process as ice cream. Freeze in a container for a few hours for best results.
  5. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh spices and optional whipped cream, which can also be seasoned with spice. Savor the spice blend.

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6 Reviews

drbabs January 31, 2011
This would be a worthy finish to a tough Ashtanga yoga class--workout first, then indulge!
Sagegreen January 31, 2011
I like your sweet rewards thinking!
gingerroot January 31, 2011
LOVE this. I have been won over by black cardamom myself. In fact, I have a cream, black cardamom and espresso mixture in the fridge waiting to be turned into panna cotta tomorrow. I am like you - we can always go to the gym. Might as well have a happy reason to go!
Sagegreen January 31, 2011
Thanks, gingerroot!
hardlikearmour January 30, 2011
I see you're working on recipes for your upcoming adult ice cream and beverages shop ;). This looks especially yummy!
Sagegreen January 30, 2011
You have helped inspire the idea, yes! Thanks.