Recipe courtesy of Richard Blais
Raita Ice Cream with Indian Pistachio Brittle
4 hr 35 min
20 min
4 servings
4 hr 35 min
20 min
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large English cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • Pinch salt
  • Ice, for chilling
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk Greek-style yogurt
  • Indian Pistachio Brittle, for serving, recipe follows
Indian Pistachio Brittle:
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 3 tablespoons mild honey
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped


Special equipment: Special equipment: Ice-cream maker

Bring 1 cup of the cream and the milk to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. 

Puree the cucumber in a blender or food processor (or juicer if available), and then strain the juice through a fine sieve until you have 3/4 cup cucumber juice. 

Combine the sugar, cilantro and mint in a food processor and process until the herbs are finely ground. 

Whisk the yolks with the herb sugar in a heatproof bowl until combined. Gradually whisk in the hot cream mixture until blended, tempering the egg yolks. Return the mixture to the saucepan and add the salt. Stir over medium-low heat (do not boil) until the custard thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the mixture registers 170 degrees F, about 3 minutes. 

Pour the custard through a strainer into a medium bowl set over a slightly larger bowl filled halfway with equal parts ice and cold water. 

Stir the mixture until the custard is cool to the touch, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the ice water and whisk in the cucumber juice and yogurt. Refrigerate until well chilled, and then transfer to the ice-cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Cover and freeze in a freezer container until firm. Serve with the Indian Pistachio Brittle.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Steak Essentials 03:26

Everything you need to know to select and grill a perfect steak.

Similar Topics:


Quick Sour Cream Ice Cream

Mocha Ice Cream Terrine

Recipe courtesy of Amy Finley

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Coconut Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of Cheryl Smith

Ice Cream Base

Recipe courtesy of Zoë François

Ice Cream Cones

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Basil Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Serious Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown


So Much Pretty Food Here