Recipe courtesy of Richard Blais

Raita Ice Cream with Indian Pistachio Brittle

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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
  1. Bring 1 cup of the cream and the milk to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Combine the sugar, cilantro and mint in a food processor and process until the herbs are finely ground. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.