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Coffee Ice Cream: From the Kitchens of India

Take your coffee to another level…

Who can say no to ice cream, especially when the weather continues to be hot?

And if you are a coffee aficionado, then you must make this ice cream; I guarantee you will love it.

I never had coffee or tea during my school days. It was only after I started college that I had my first cup of coffee or tea. I somehow never took a liking to tea from day one. But I liked the coffee. Being born and brought up in South India, it was filter kaapi, degree coffee, and Kumbakonam coffee that gave me an insight into the coffee world.

A special attraction of a South Indian coffee was the act of lifting the tumbler with the coffee to a considerable height and tactfully pouring it into the dabara container from that height (without spilling). What a wonderful sight to behold!

These coffees were staples in South Indian households long before modern-day cafe chains serving lattes and mochas became fashionable in urban India.

Now, sometimes, not only do I have coffees of different makes, such as pumpkin spice lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, etc., but I also use coffee in ice cream. I think the combination of coffee and ice cream is just divine. It is a perfect marriage between the two, particularly if one is looking for flavour and texture in one combo.

And this coffee ice cream recipe is the perfect answer. It is a very simple one with just three ingredients:


Whipping cream – 600 ml

Condensed milk – 400 gms

Coffee powder -1 table spoon, dissolved in a bit of water.  I used instant coffee powder.


  1. In a bowl, whip the cream for about 4-5 minutes until semi-stiff peaks are formed.
  2. Add the dissolved coffee to the cream and beat again until it is well incorporated.
  3. Add the condensed milk and fold it into an even consistency.

You now have a gorgeous, cafe-latte-coloured, airy mixture. You can add a few chocolate chips to this mix if you wish.

  1. Pour into an airtight box and freeze for about six hours. Your home-made ice cream is ready.

It’s a great way to cool down during the summer. You can top up your scoop with sprinkles, chocolate shavings, butterscotch, caramel, hot fudge, or whatever else you want. You can even add a scoop of this ice cream to your cold coffee. Just get creative.

I make ice creams of different flavours, such as vanilla, chocolate, saffron, mango, and blueberries. But coffee ice cream is my all-time favourite.

“Ice cream contains protein and fat, both of which our bodies need to help level our moods. On top of that, the amino acids you take in when eating ice cream, such as tryptophan, are known to increaseserotonin production. That leaves us feeling calm, satisfied, and, well, happy!”…from a Google search.

I want to have some coffee.

A cold and creamy coffee,

So why not have some ice cream,

That has in it the coffee ?

I scream,

You scream,

We all scream for ice cream. Don’t we?

Life is like ice cream. So please, enjoy it before it melts.


Sudha Mukhopadhyay

Sudha Mukhopadhyay, having spent two decades abroad (Japan, Qatar, Dubai, and Saudi), has now returned to Chennai. Previously employed in the Indian General Insurance industry, she ventured beyond borders. Alongside her passion for writing short stories and poems, she finds solace in painting on canvases, using acrylic, oil, and watercolors, as well as sketching. She perceives art as a mirror of existence.

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