Into the ice-cream world!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Summer has set in bringing cravings for chilled some things to soothe our frayed nerves. And ice creams feature very high on the list of cool things that are sought after, the most. Why not? They are refreshing, delicious and enjoyed by young and old alike. In fact, whether it’s a chilly winter night or a scorching summer day, ice-cream cravings are for real in every season!

In fact, the US loves its share of icecreams a little too much since they celebrate July as theirofficial icecream month. But today, we’re not just talking about one country’s love for icecreams. We are going to give you some scoop on some of the famous icecreams from around the world.


Icecream fanatics, you’re in for a short and sweet virtual trail around the world! Get, set, go…


Italy: Gelato

Italy is already popular for its enthralling cuisine all around the world. Similarly, Italian icecream has also gained a lot of fame, not just amongst foodies, but otherwise too. Though, gelato is not exactly like an icecream, its lower in calories and has a rich mouth feel.


Japan: Mochi

Mochi is a very popular chewy cakemade out of rice balls in Japan. It was not until the year 1990 that the Japanese created an icecream out of their traditional rice cake. They wrapped Mochi around a layer of icecream which became a super hit as soon as it got out in the market.It gained popularity with one and all and people all over the world started going crazy about this bitesized dessert. If you plan a trip to Japan, you should definitely give this uniqueicecream, a try.


Germany: Spaghettieis

Well, after reading the word ‘spaghetti,’ you might’ve immediately got a vision of the popular pasta type. If you did, you’ve got it somewhat correct. This one’s very distinct than other icecreams you might have heard of. It was created by a teenage boy who moved from Italy to Germany and was keen to bridge the gap between these 2 cuisines, in his own way! The spaghetti is made out of vanilla icecream with a spaetzle press and topped with sweet strawberry sauce (depicting the tomato sauce) and white chocolate shavings (depicting the parmesan cheese). We’re totally swooning over this German style frozen treat! Aren’t you?


Turkey: Dondurma

Turkey has more to offer than just the Turkish coffee and the popular dessert, baklava. The word Dondurma translates to ‘freezing’ in English. A little different from other Westernice creams, this Turkish version is thicker, creamier but at the same time chewy in texture. This is because of an ingredient called ‘mastic’ which is also called as ‘Arabic gum.’ Apart from milk and sugar, the main ingredient in this ice cream is ‘salep,’ flour made from the roots of an orchid, which thickens the consistency of the ice-cream.


India: Kulfi

While we are talking about the most popular icecreams from around the world, how can we miss out on the goodol’ kulfi? This traditional desi icecream is made with milk alongwith flavourings like cardamom, saffron, etc. and sugar/honey, topped with nuts and sometimes served with falooda turning the whole ice cream eating experience quite extravagant! Making a kulfi is not an easy task as it is slow-cooked and takes almost a day to prepare. We’ve got some really interesting recipes here. We’re sure your icecream cravings are at peak now, so go on and make one today.



We’ll be definitely sharing the recipes of the other popular ones from the list and more soon, till then enjoy.


Don’t just scream for ice cream; have it!



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.