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Fried ice Cream Recipes: When East Meets West

Updated on March 14, 2014
A warm and crunchy shell on a very cold ball of ice cream!
A warm and crunchy shell on a very cold ball of ice cream! | Source

Fire and Ice Combination

"Ice cream and that too fried!" Yes this was my exact reaction when I got to know about it first. I still remember the time. It was our honeymoon and we were vacationing in the mesmerizing Kerala backwaters when I first got a glimpse of it in the menu card of a restaurant. Obviously I ordered it to see what it was. I was really curious. It arrived on our table within few minutes. Two crispy round balls. Little fumes came out from them as if they were sizzling. On breaking one ball into two halves and putting one in my mouth I could first taste a hot crispy crust against my tongue and almost immediately something very cold flooded my mouth from inside. As it was my first time I was simply dumbfounded by its suddenness. As I slowly started digging deeper inside my ice cream I simply started enjoying it bit by bit. A crispy fried exterior and a very cold interior created an fire and ice effect. I was so amazed that the preparation of such an exquisite dessert seemed to me almost like a magic.

From then whenever I had tasted fried ice creams I simply got puzzled at the idea of how could we fry an ice cream. We all know ice creams tend to melt quickly at room temperature so according to me it is next to impossible to fry an ice cream. The more I got baffled the more determined I became to unravel its secret and now I can boast that I have mastered the art myself. Well if I use the word "master" here it would be wrong. It is because making a fried ice cream does not require any extra-ordinary skill. It is actually very simple. Only you have to know the trick. Well before giving out any further information let us see for ourselves from where did the concept of frying ice creams originated!

Ice Cream Pakodas

The concept of fried ice cream has now become very famous all round the globe. In India too it has become very famous. When we can to taste this delicacy easily in the urban Metro cities in a good Chinese or Multi-Cuisine restaurant then why will the remotes areas stay behind. Many villages and remote areas have created their own type of fried ice cream. It is called Ice cream pakodas. Here pakoda is a form of fritter made from the batter of chickpea flour. If you are travelling on a long journey via road in India there are chances that you get to taste these sweet delicious ice cream fritters where hard ice cream scoops are batter fried in besan or chickpea flour and served immediately to you. What a perfect snack on a long journey!

Origination of Fried Ice Creams

It is hard to say how and when did the concept of fried ice creams became popular. Some claim that the creation of fried ice creams dates back to 1893 when it was first created in Chicago World's Fair. From then many times many people have come up with numerous techniques of making fried ice creams. Still we can find that there are two distinct trend of making fried ice creams. One is Mexican where fried ice creams are made with the help of cornflakes, cinnamon powder and eggs. Whereas another is the Asian version where fried ice cream is made with a tempura batter. Obviously due to the difference in the ingredients these two types of fried ice creams taste different. Now which one tastes better than the other is simply a matter of debate. But if you ask me I will say they both taste awesome. Try for yourselves. I will help you out.

Yes you got me right. Here I will disclose not only one method but both the methods of making fried ice creams. Both the methods are easy-peasy and at the same time unique.

My Mexican Fried Ice Cream is known as Fried Coconut Ice Cream.

The Asian version is called Tempura Fried Ice Cream.

A good warm scoop is all you need
A good warm scoop is all you need | Source

Tips on Scooping Out a Perfect Ball of Ice Cream

You have to know the trick of scooping out a cute round ball of ice cream.

  • Before you venture to scoop out your ice cream keep your scoop in warm water for sometime. A warm scoop will help you to easily cut through the ice cream. Whenever you repeat the process of scooping, dip the scoop in the warm water.
  • Another important thing to note is that you have to start scooping out from the sides of your ice cream. Do not start from the middle. This will also help you to get perfectly round scoops of ice creams.

1. Fried Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Mexican Fried Coconut Ice Cream
Mexican Fried Coconut Ice Cream | Source

Cooking Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 21 min
Yields: Serves 3 people

Easy Pictorial Guide of Making this Super Crunchy Ice Cream

Scoop out ice cream balls from a pack of vanilla ice cream. Keep them in a freezer for at least 12 hours.
Scoop out ice cream balls from a pack of vanilla ice cream. Keep them in a freezer for at least 12 hours. | Source
In a ziplock bag put cornflakes, coconut flakes and cinnamon powder. Crush and mix them together.
In a ziplock bag put cornflakes, coconut flakes and cinnamon powder. Crush and mix them together. | Source
Beat 2 eggs and milk together to form a smooth batter.
Beat 2 eggs and milk together to form a smooth batter. | Source
Bring out the frozen balls. First dip them in cornflakes mix, then dip them egg batter and again dip in cornflakes mix. Put the balls in the freezer to freeze for more than 2 hours.
Bring out the frozen balls. First dip them in cornflakes mix, then dip them egg batter and again dip in cornflakes mix. Put the balls in the freezer to freeze for more than 2 hours. | Source
Once you are ready to fry. Heat up oil unless it is really hot. Now quickly bring out the coated balls and fry them one by one in high heat for about 15 seconds or until and unless the balls have turned crispy brown.
Once you are ready to fry. Heat up oil unless it is really hot. Now quickly bring out the coated balls and fry them one by one in high heat for about 15 seconds or until and unless the balls have turned crispy brown. | Source
Place them in a plate. Sprinkle chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries and chocolate chips and serve immediately.
Place them in a plate. Sprinkle chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherries and chocolate chips and serve immediately. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 4 cups Cornflakes
  • 1 cup Coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Chocolate Chips
  • 1 bottle Cherries
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Scoop out balls of Vanilla Ice Cream and keep them in the freezer for about half a day to freeze further.
  2. In the meanwhile take a ziplock bag and put cornflakes, coconut flakes and cinnamon powder inside it. Crush them with the help of a rolling pin. Place the mixture on a plate.
  3. Break two eggs in milk and beat them for about 2 minutes.
  4. Now bring out the hard frozen balls from the freezer. First dip them in the cornflakes mixture. Coat them generously, then dip them in egg batter. Shake off the excess and for the final time roll the balls again in the cornflakes mixture. Keep them inside the freezer to freeze for another two to three hours to make them rock solid.
  5. Now heat sufficient amount of oil in a frying pan. When the oil is piping hot, i.e., when fumes have started coming out of the oil, take out one ball of frozen ice cream and dip them in the hot oil. Here you have to take care not to fry more than one ball of ice cream at one time.
  6. Fry for about ten to fifteen seconds. You have to be very cautious not to fry for a longer period of time or otherwise the whole ball can melt in the oil. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon when you notice the balls have turned crispy brown.
  7. Place them in a plate. Serve immediately with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, cherry and chocolate chips on top of it. Your Mexican dessert is ready to be devoured!

2. Tempura Fried Ice Cream

Japanese Tempura Fried Ice Cream
Japanese Tempura Fried Ice Cream | Source

Cooking Time

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 1 min Ready in: 6 min

Yields: Serves 1 person

Easy Pictorial Guide for Making this Super Crispy Ice Cream

Scoop ice cream in between two slices of white bread and press with hands to form round balls. Freeze for about 12 hours.
Scoop ice cream in between two slices of white bread and press with hands to form round balls. Freeze for about 12 hours. | Source
Create a tempura batter of flour, corn flour and water.
Create a tempura batter of flour, corn flour and water. | Source
Once you are ready to fry bring out the balls from the freezer and dip them in the batter.
Once you are ready to fry bring out the balls from the freezer and dip them in the batter. | Source
Fry them in fuming hot oil for about 30 seconds or till the balls become slightly brown.
Fry them in fuming hot oil for about 30 seconds or till the balls become slightly brown. | Source
Place them in a plate. Drip honey from top and serve quickly.
Place them in a plate. Drip honey from top and serve quickly. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 slices White Bread
  • 1 quart Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4th cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4th cup Corn Flour
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Take white bread pieces and with the help of a knife cut away the brown edges.
  2. Now scoop out Vanilla ice cream. Place the scoop in between two pieces of white breads. Squeeze the two pieces together with the help of wet palms to form a perfectly round shape ball as you see in the above picture.
  3. When bread balls are ready place them inside the freezer for about half a day.
  4. When you are ready to fry make a smooth batter of flour, corn flour and icy cold water. This is called the tempura batter.
  5. Next heat sufficient oil in a frying pan. The oil should be fuming hot. Now bring out the frozen balls from the freezer.
  6. Dip one ball in the batter and fry it in the hot oil. Here also you have to keep in mind not to fry more than one ball at a time.
  7. When you see the ball has turned light brown in color, fish it out of the oil with the help of a slotted spoon.
  8. Place it in a plate. Serve immediately with honey. You can also cut open the balls in two halves and drip honey on top of them and serve. Your guests are bound to be taken by surprise by its exquisite taste. Your hot and cold authentic Japanese dessert is ready!

Now You Can Make Vanilla Ice Cream at Home!

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    • Ariana Paulins profile image

      Ariana Paulins 3 years ago from Ohio

      This look so good! I may have to try this next weekend!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      OMG! Those ice creams look so yummy! I will definitely try this soon. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Voted up and pin for later use.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I was curious how to make fried ice cream but haven't gotten around to researching it. This is so helpful and doesn't look hard at all! I'll be pinning this and trying it out, great job. :)

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      Susan McLeish 3 years ago from Rindge, NH

      I haven't had this for dessert since I left the Boston area. I have had both types and even though tempura is really good, I think it is the cinnamon that gets me to drool while waiting for Coconut fried ice cream. Great hub and pinned.

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      Deblina Banerjee 3 years ago from Irving, Texas

      Sure Paul give it a try to let me know how much u loved it. :)

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      Paul Edmondson 3 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      This looks absolutely incredible. I'd love to give this a taste!