Bastani Sonnati

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Bastani Sonnati
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Alternative namesPersian ice cream
TypeIce cream
Place of origin Iran
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsMilk, cream, sugar, flavorings (e.g. fruit puree or nut paste)

Bastani Sonnati (meaning "traditional ice cream") (Persian: بستنی سنتی‎), or simply Bastani, is an Iranian ice cream made from milk, eggs, sugar, rose water, saffron, vanilla, and pistachios. It is widely known as Persian Ice Cream.[1] Salep is also sometimes included as an ingredient. Bastani often contains flakes of frozen clotted cream. The milk is stirred until it is flocculated.[2][3]

Havij bastani (Persian: هویج بستنی‎) is a mixture of carrot juice made into an ice cream float and may occasionally be garnished with cinnamon, nutmeg, or other spices.


A yakhchal, an ancient type of ice house, in Yazd, Iran.

In the Persian Empire, people would pour syrups over snow called "fruit ice" (sorbet). The Greek Alexander the Great, who battled the Persians for 10 years, enjoyed "fruit ices" sweetened with honey and chilled with snow. In 400 BCE, the Persians went further and invented a special chilled food, made from rose water and vermicelli, which was served during hot summers and is considered as the origin of the Iranian cold dessert, Faloodeh (Persian: پالوده‎).[4] Persians introduced faloodeh to arabs.[5]

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  2. ^ "بستنیِ سنّتیِ زعفرانی". iranchef. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ "بستنی ایرانی چگونه ساخته می‌شد - سالارکتاب: اطلاعات معتبر و مستند". سالارکتاب: اطلاعات معتبر و مستند (in Persian). 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  4. ^ The History of Ice Cream & The Ice Cream Cone
  5. ^ "علی (ع) و فالوده‌ خوردن با ایرانیان - سالارکتاب: اطلاعات معتبر و مستند". سالارکتاب: اطلاعات معتبر و مستند (in Persian). 2018-06-02. Retrieved 2018-10-03.