Bastani Sonnati

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Bastani Sonnati
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Alternative names Persian ice cream
Type Ice cream
Place of origin  Iran
Serving temperature Cold
Main ingredients Milk, cream, sugar, flavorings (e.g. fruit puree or nut paste)
Cookbook: Bastani Sonnati  Media: Bastani Sonnati

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][2] Salep is also sometimes included as an ingredient. Bastani often contains flakes of frozen clotted cream. The milk is stirred until it is flocculated.[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]

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