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Palm sugar, pandanus and turmeric ice cream

Ice cream bucket showing a close up of palm sugar and an ice cream scoup.

Don’t say one word till you try it.  Right! I love the taste of this palm sugar caramel. We’ve been making it for a while now, well before the turmeric health bonus craze.  Apparently, turmeric is good for you, but I’m not a doctor.  I just like the taste that it provides in ice cream 🙂

We westerners, don’t seem to like some of the textures and tastes of Asian desserts. We are so used to European flavours.  I think that’s why in our local Chinese restaurants for many years you would only find banana fritters and deep-fried ice-cream.

Classes if you are local (Melbourne) or Zooms from anywhere 🙂

These days, at some of our many creative and higher-end restaurants, they are coming up with some great fusion dishes. This is one of those Asian inspired dishes that nearly everyone seems to love.

A close up of turmeric ice-cream being scouped

Palm sugar, pandanus and turmeric ice cream

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Who would think turmeric and pandanus leaf would taste amazing in ice cream? Pop in a little caramel and wow it's delicious.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 Tub
Method Thermomix


  • Thermomix


For the Caramel

  • 100 ml water
  • 100 g of rock candy crushed
  • 120 g palm sugar Or brown sugar
  • 100 g black coconut sugar or black palm sugar
  • 1 x 3cm about 10 g piece of turmeric peeled and sliced
  • 1 pandan eaf

For the Icecream

  • 400 g coconut cream
  • 200 g milk full cream preferably
  • 8 egg yolks remember you can freeze your whites
  • Approx. 250g palm sugar syrup as made above, full quantity


Thermomix Method:

  • Cut the pandan leaf into 4 or 6 pieces to fit in the TM bowl
  • Weigh the water and sugar in the Thermomix place the simmering basket on top of the lid, and cook for 10 mins/100°c/speed 1.
  • Add in the turmeric and pandan leaf and continue to cook for a further 5 mins/100°c/speed 1 with the simmering basket on top of the lid then allow to cool.

Thermomix part two:

  • Strain or remove the pandan leaf and tumeric then pop the remainder of the ingredients into the TM bowl, give it a quick stir to break everything up then set for 10 minutes/ 80°c/speed 3
  • If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream churner, cool the mix then churn as your machines (manufacturer’s) instructions. Or pour the mix into shallow containers that can go in your freezer. Freeze, then chop into cubes and blitz when you want to serve. see more instruction below.

For the Caramel Stove top Method:

  • Add sugars and water to a pot, bring to the boil, then gently simmer for about  5mins. Give it a stir and really keep your eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.  Add the turmeric and pandanus leaf and simmer a further 5 – 10 mins.  Stirring occasionally.  You should have a mixture that looks like thick honey.   Allow to cool and steep flavour from the pandanus and turmeric.
  • Strain or remove the pandan leaf and turmeric then add the remainder of the ingredients to your pot and set to heat on very low. Cook stiring all the time until everything is melted and blended.
  • If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream churner, cool the mix then churn as your machines (manufacturer’s) instructions.
  • OR
  • Pour the mix into a couple of shallow dishes and freeze.
  • It will take approximately 6 to 10 hours for your slabs to freeze depending on how warm it was when you popped it in and how cold your freezer is (Don’t put the hot mix into the churner or freezer or you will have large Ice crystals appear as it freezes.)  Once frozen, chop the slabs up into cubs and pop back into your TM bowl or Food processor and process on high speed until the mix has churned into ice cream.
close up of Ice-cream in a bowl
Turmeric ice-cream

Want to know more?

A few other handy “ice cream” related links….

A simple ice cream base (that you can flavour to your taste

A waffle cone recipe

I have also created an eBook containing basic ice cream recipes suitable for various dietary needs, such as dairy-free, egg-free, and rich ice cream. You can download it for free here. Ice Cream for Everyone


  1. This recipe sounds amazing.
    Could I use just the ice cream part ie the coconut cream, milk, eggs and sugar and omit adding the caramel section ?

    1. You need to substitute the caramel with another sweet ingredient, such as sweetened condensed milk. The caramel part of the recipe is what provides the flavor to this ice cream. If you have the opportunity to try it, I highly recommend it as it is truly delicious. A friend who owns a Thai restaurant has requested that I make this in large quantities for their establishment. Instead, I opted to give them the recipe. Looking back, it may have been a good business opportunity. 🤣 😊

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