Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream

My day-to-day schedule is busy and boring at the same time. It does get quite monotonous. There are several moments when I get so frustrated or sleep deprived and I am always tired. Then something amazing happens, making every bit so worth it. Like the Mothers Day weekend, which could have been a typical lunch out weekend, but it twirled into quite an action-packed one.

First, we gave our boy a much-needed haircut. His first! As much as we loved his muddled hair-do, it needed trimming. As expected, he freaked out, there were some tears and he was not agreeing to the idea. Thankfully, we didn’t ruin it and I bet his neck thanked us big time. It looked neat and he suddenly looked much taller. I noted down the date in his baby book. While we thought that was quite eventful, what we didn’t know was that the mini person had a plan to make the weekend double momentous.


Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream | Playful Cooking


Later in the evening, he was playing with the alphabet blocks, laughing and clapping in between. We were doing our usual everyday stuff. After a while, he stood up and I thought he got bored. He looked at me and very carefully took a step forward, hand stretched out towards me. He was without any support! I couldn’t believe it, is it happening? He then took two more wobbly steps, sat down, stood up and few more steps. Well, it had to happen soon and yet, we were in utter shock! We couldn’t stop smiling. Our baby was taking his first baby steps. It continued for a long 20 minutes. The feeling is hard to explain, so proud of our boy. We were so happy, took numerous videos, photos and called our parents.

Gosh, he is growing too fast.

The next morning however, he forgot and took couple hours to remember what he learnt last night. Hilarious!


Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream | Playful Cooking Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream | Playful Cooking

That weekend will remain special to us and I am sure we will share the story several times in future over a cup of tea or a bowl of ice cream.

Ever since my mom got us the massive amount of date palm jaggery from Kolkata, Arvind has been asking me to make the ice cream. Last year at this time, we were with my parents in Kolkata and that’s where we tasted date palm jaggery flavored ice cream for the first time. It was so good that even I couldn’t stop licking the bowl clean. In case you didn’t know, I am not much of an ice cream lover. I know, weird! So, after preparing rice pudding with that special jaggery several times, I figured it’s time to make the ice cream before the jaggery gets over. And what better day than last weekend, a celebratory treat for the family.

Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream

Author: Kankana Saxena


  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup jaggery I used date palm, but you can try any other flavor


  • Whisk egg yolk in a bowl until smooth.
  • In a saucepan, pour cream, whole milk and bring it almost boil.
  • Pour ¼ cup of warm cream from the saucepan to egg yolk, whisking at the same time.
  • Next, pour the egg mixture back to the saucepan. Put it back on stove, add jaggery, mix well and let it simmer for 5 minutes or until it looks thick like custard.
  • Once done, let it cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate it overnight.
  • Finally, churn it in the ice cream machine.


The jaggery that I used was in liquid form. If you choose to use a different kind of jaggery that is solid, just grate it and then add it to the custard.


Serving: 1Servings

Date Palm Jaggery Ice Cream | Playful Cooking

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  • mjskitchen
    June 4, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Your son’s first haircut AND his first steps. How cool is that!? Thanks for sharing those moments. And thanks for sharing this awesome ice cream! I’m already tasting it. Can’t wait to make it.

  • Our Food Stories
    Our Food Stories
    May 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    This looks so delish!! wish i could have some now <3

  • Abbe @ This is How I
    Abbe @ This is How I
    May 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    I remember my son’s first haircut. He was two years old! I would have loved this ice cream to help make it bearable!

  • Teena @ FeedYourTemp
    Teena @ FeedYourTemp
    May 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    My son is about to turn 5 and I still remember his 1st steps…the joy couldn’t be contained.

    Love the use of jaggery in ice-cream and your stunning pics.

  • dixya | food, pleasu
    dixya | food, pleasu
    May 21, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    i cant believe hes growing up sooooo fast. what a lovely combination for an icecream. i have some jaggery blocks at home, i wonder if it will work.

  • erin {yummy supper}
    erin {yummy supper}
    May 20, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Kankana! It has been waayyyy too long since I stopped by for a visit. Your photography is as beautiful as always!
    Hope you’re well, my friend,

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      May 21, 2015 at 1:36 AM

      Hey Erin, I know! With the baby and the big move, blogging slowed down a lot. Getting back slowly. Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂 xx

  • Sylvie | Gourmande i
    Sylvie | Gourmande i
    May 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Aw, what a special moment, you must have been so excited. Pretty soon he’ll be running around like crazy!

  • Thalia @ butter and
    Thalia @ butter and
    May 19, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Loving everything about this ice cream.. especially the photography. Pinned of course!

  • Sarah
    May 19, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Wow this sounds like a great flavor for making ice cream!

  • Veggie Sutra
    Veggie Sutra
    May 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Looks very yummy and has the added benefit of date palm jaggery being cooling, so a perfect summer treat! Thanks for the recipe. Intend to bring back date palm jaggery from my upcoming India trip! Having fun going through your amazing blog.

  • Shibi@FlavzCorner
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    May 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    The happy moments of motherhood seems never ending Kanakana! Its starts from when they were born, roll over, crawl, walk, talk etc. As they grow there will be lots of other memorable moments they bring in. I love scrapbooking these special moments.

    I like the flavor a palm jaggery and this ice cream looks so luscious and creamy.

  • June @ How to Philos
    June @ How to Philos
    May 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    What a cool ice cream flavor! I’d never heard of jaggery sugar so I looked it up–sounds very interesting! I’ll have to try it sometime.

  • angiesrecipes
    May 18, 2015 at 4:29 AM

    So very creamy and smooth! Love that dramatic background.

  • Edlyn
    May 17, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Yes! Yes! Yes!! I love this story and I’m so happy for you as a parent and so happy for your boy too. What an amazing weekend! I’m sorry that you’ve been feeling burnt out sometimes. Remember to always take time for yourself first so that you can feel renewed and then more able to give your best self to others. I’m glad to see another post, put together so beautifully by you. I can’t say for sure that I’ve tried date palm ice-cream but I know that it’s dried fruit cousin anjeer is my favourite ice-cream flavour. I’m sure this tastes amazing as well. Great photos too. Keep that creativity flowing.

  • Sarmishta | Handful
    Sarmishta | Handful
    May 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Oh my! This looks so darn delicious! So creamy and yummy! And such a beautiful hue too. Alas, I don’t have an ice cream maker, but let me try it the kulfi way anyway 😉