Nolen Gurer Ice Cream (Eggless Ice Cream with Date Palm Jaggery)2:10 AM
With this recipe tried and tested and liked by everyone, it feels like a mission is accomplished. Last year when on a sultry evening, after a 3 hours marathon monthly grocery shopping we surrendered ourselves to this ice cream...it felt like we died and reached ice cream heaven. If there is any term to experience anything with all your senses that happened with this ice cream. It was Deliciously creamy,eye soothingly beautiful and breathtakingly aromatic. the cup with a big scoop of this pale coral hued dessert with drippings of nolen gurer syrup has an instant cooling effect but the best part was the aroma, a smoky woody caremelised flavour of the gur, which even in such a horrific summer day brought back the memories of winter.
one spoonful and we were sold immediately. after that we had it almost every month on our monthly visit to that specific mall and everytime I promised myself to make it real soon. and today when I made it for the second time and patted my back for almost achieving the same taste am questioning myself why it took me so long.
One problem definitely was no ready made recipe. I checked everywhere on net, watched almost all the youtube videos but was not happy with the recipes. egg base will definitely suppress the delicate flavour of this gur and all eggless ice cream recipe vouched for the ice cream machine which I dont have. my search ended when I found this easy method by Mark Bittman. The recipe was simple and I knew I need to make a custard base first with corn starch.
So here is my humble attempt of making a sensational Bengali ice cream without an ice cream machine. I will urge you to at least try it once and if you do decide to make it, please do not try to make it healthy. some things are better unaltered and the cream in this recipe gives a smooth satiny feeling which you will never achieve with low fat milk. If you have an ice cream machine the result would be much smoother. With this recipe under my sleeves I know soon I would be successful to get one for myself too.
Nolen gurer ic cream
Cream: 11/2 cups (I used 25% cream; Amul will work perfectly)
Milk: 11/2 cups+1/4 cup
corn starch: 2 tbsp
nolen gur/ date palm jaggery: 1 cup loosely packed (shave the block and measure) + 4 tbsp extra fr the syrup
a bowl of ice cold water
take the jaggery in a sauce pan add 1 tbsp water and place on low flame. The jaggery will start to melt, stir occasionally to get a smooth syrup. add one more tsp of water if you find the syrup is very thick. keep aside. You can either make all the syrup at one go and store a part of it to drizzle later or can make it separately. Just divide the jaggery the same way mentioned above and prepare the syrup the next day.
mix the corn starch with 1/4 cup milk. Use a whisk or a spoon to blend it smoothly. keep aside.
Mix the rest of the milk and cream in a heavy bottom pan. place on low flame and stir till it starts to simmer. mix the corn starch mixture once again and pour it in the cream mixture. whisk gently on low flame and the milk will start to thicken. do this for 2 minutes and the custard should reach the required consistency. to check the doneness dip a spoon in the custard. take it out and run your finger on its back, if it makes a clear trail and is not rejoined by the liquid your custard should be done. take off heat and place on a big bowl of ice cold water. gently whisk to cool it.
once it 's cold enough to handle (should be warm though) start adding the jaggery syrup. Use a whisk to make a smooth mixture. cool it for 10 more minutes and then pour in a flat metal tray. I used my 8" square cake tin. cover tightly with cling wrap and freeze.
after 2 hours take it out and using a fork start beating it. The idea here is to break as much ice Crystal as possible. cover and again freeze for 2 hrs. Do this at-least for 5 more times. Freeze over night and serve next day with some syrup drizzled on top.
A Homemaker's Notes:
For best result use full fat milk and dairy cream.
Start making it in the morning that way by night you would be able to whisk it 5-7 times.
Nolen gurer ice cream recipe, gurer ice cream recipes, Nolen gur recipe, how to make nolen gurer ice cream. jaggery ice cream. Calcutta special Jaggery ice cream recipe.