Mulberry Madness – Ice Cream – Vegan and Vegetarian

mulberry ice cream diptych


The other day one of my friends and I were reminiscing ‘those days’ when we would eat berries off trees, and she mentioned that she found a mulberry seller near Thane Station only for a few days in the first few weeks of January. Since we were already into February I knew I had missed my chance and was so very disappointed until I spotted them at a newly opened superstore. There they were, about five small cartons all neatly sealed and sitting in a row – just for Rs.25/- each for 200g. I nearly jostled my way and picked two.

When I was a kid we had a huge Mulberry tree (Shahtoot ka ped) in our backyard and every day the maali (gardener) would shake the branches and let the mulberries plop on the ground. Most of them would fall with a ‘plop’ and the juice would be squished but we (I must have been about five and my sister about seven) would run about in our shameez (Frocklike innerwear for little girls) gathering the a few good ones, clean them in salted water and stain our hands, dress and teeth eating the juicy fruit. I don’t remember my Mother ever making any sweets or desserts except for those that might have found their way into fruit custards, so I had no idea what I would do with the two packets I purchased.

Coming back to the present, the children were thrilled when they saw the fruit as they had never had it before. I somehow felt that these were not as sweet as the ones in our backyard but then taste has so much to do with nostalgia so I may be mistaken. I let them have half the quantity and asked them whether they would like me to try muffins – if you can have blueberry muffins, why not mulberry muffins? It was Jr.P who said he would rather have ice cream as Naturals does not have mulberry ice cream amongst its range of flavours, and since it was Summer Jr.H felt he was quite right. When it comes to desserts I always allow my children to decide as their reasoning however quirky always turns out more logical than ours, and their choice I have noticed is always more popular, probably because when P or I choose we unconsciously count the amount of butter, APF and calories before anything else.

I hunted quite a bit before I decided to follow the tried and tested kulfi method given on the ‘Brown and Polson Custard pack’, with a few twists which I added from this recipe I found at ‘Food Down Under‘.

The recipe gave me the perfect ice cream, exactly like the one you get at Naturals. I made my own soymilk version too which was also very tasty but not as appetizing to look at. I am sorry about the pictures. The weather is considerably hot so the ice cream started melting despite the fact that I had taken care to freeze the container and the small ladle I used to scoop out the ice-cream!

Soy ice cream:

Soy Milk – 1 cup (I used organic Silk)
Soyvita powder – 3tbsps.
Corn flour – 1 tsp.
2tbsp. of mulberry sauce (clean and rinse mulberries and cook in a little water with sugar to taste till reduced to a sauce)
Silken firm mori-nu tofu – 2tbsp.

Dissolve cornflour into sauce and heat whisking continuously to get a smooth custard. Blend everything together in a blender till very smooth. Chop some of the fruit and freeze for an hour. Remove and blend with a hand blender and re-freeze. Repeat once and freeeze at least four hours before serving.

vegan mulberry icecream

This tastes great but the colour does not look as good as the vegetarian version. It was a weird blue.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • PreetiShridhar

    Can I make mango ice cream using this recipe by just replacing mulberry pulp with mango pulp ?

    • Harini

      Preeti, mango ice cream turns out better with thick cashew paste. I haven’t posted the recipe yet on the blog.

  • bee

    for some reason, your pics are not visible. would love to try this.

  • Madhuram

    I’m not able to see the picture at all, but the procedure seems very simple. I have to look what’s the tamil name for mulberries.

  • Miri

    Yummy looking ice cream – nothing to beat home made and yours really look tasty!

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks all for the luck too! I need it as this is said to be a tough trail, but am going to enjoy it for that very reason!! With Youth Hostels it does become easy as we do not cover too much in one day and have food cooked for us rather than doing it ourselves:)

    Sahaja, thanks to you for nominating me for Blog of the Day award!!

    Bill, thanks for considering:)

    Vaishali, ek baar Thana aake dekhlo! You will not recognize the place, I can bet on that one!

    Alka, Yeah! I almost forgot:) Hum to aape ilake mein gaye the!!

    Sia, come over:) Will be happy to have you here!! Maybe next time when you visit India?!

    SJ, so soon? Thanks for trying and am glad you enjoyed it!! I am so sorry about those little details I missed!! I guess I either swallowed the words or just took them for granted. Will include it now!

  • Sahaja

    hey nominated for BOTDA…and guess what u got it …i am sooo glad 🙂

  • Nazarina A

    I love the aroma of mulberry and I shall scream for your ice cream!
    I used the mulberry fragrance in my cupcake soap once.

  • Ashwini

    I never tried to make icecream at home.. ur recipe is tempting me though!!!

  • SJ

    I made it …I made it… lallaallaaaa….

  • Kitchen Flavours

    Oh God got soem relief by seeing those cool delights….Wish to lick it off right now….Well said about the climate…

  • Curry Leaf

    I forgot to tell you,ALL THE BEST FOR THE TRIP THIS TIME AS WELL.Will miss you dearly,but do enjoy the trip and come back with lots of stories and dishes.

  • Sia

    harini, plz invite me to ur home 🙂

  • Priya Sriram

    Ice cream looks so creamy and delicious Harini! Perfect snaps!

  • Curry Leaf

    HOPE YOU HAD A DELIGHTFUL HOLI.the icecream looks great.I was thinking of making an icecream for fic the pic,dear,here also the weather is a bit unpredictable.the weather anytime here is perfect for icecreams -hope Jr P &Jr H had a wonderful time,loved your post.I think soy icecream is much easier than the other.Also its better to ask children when it comes to desserts.Never had mulberries 🙁 though.
    An afterthght-no one tght of using icecream as holi colour right,then it would have been much better,

  • Red Chillies

    I must have missed the earlier post, but did you say Himalayan climb? You are my hero already. Hope your work pressure reduces soon.

    I never had mulberry as a child, the only thing I heard was “Here we go around the mulberry bush” Sigh!
    Icecream sounds good and soyvita? I need to check that out.

  • Hema

    ice cream looks yummy yum….

  • Gayathri

    delicious looking icecreams

  • Bill Austin

    Your site has won a Blog of the Day Award (BOTDA)

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  • Aparna

    We have only two seasons, rainy monsoo and hot-hotter-hottest summer!!
    Perfect ice-cream. I make mine like this too, but tend to leave out the cream a lot of the time, so I feel less guilty about eating it.:)
    I have been telling my husband we ought to drive up to Mahabaleshwar in berry season next.
    Btw, do you know that shameez supposedly came from chemise?

    Goodluck with the preparation for the climb.

  • Keerthana

    hi, i guess i missed a lot of recipes here..that ice cream looks very inviting:)
    nice entry for FIC pink..i have to think of something too:)

  • Dershana

    It looks fabulous! Never thought of mulberries in ice cream, somehow !!! Would love to make this, but with cow’s milk 🙂

  • Vibaas

    that looks soooo yum!

    Here’s something for you

  • A_and_N

    Its pink! 🙂 And whole buffalo milk sounds very good to me 😀

  • Gita's Kitchen

    I used to love mulberry during my school though I never had a chance to eat them for quite sometime now…I am just drooling over the icrcream..its just the way I love it…slightly melted 😉 Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you 🙂

  • Vaishali

    Mulberries in Thane! Gosh, Harini, where do you find this stuff?
    The times are certainly a-changing. I remember I would almost jump out of my shoes when my bhaajiwalli in Thane would pull out some precious lettuce from her basket. 🙂
    That ice cream looks incredible. Thanks for the vegan version– I still have to work on finding that soy powder.

  • Priya

    Quite a delicious Ice cream…for me the pictures r quite beautiful n excellent..soo goodddd..

  • Sandeepa

    You are in Mumbai, I always thought B’lore !!! And Mulberry is Shahtoot, didn’t know that

    The ice cream looks very nice and creamy. All the best for your trek

  • Priti

    Actually the picture looks so more beautiful ….lovely ice creams…

  • Ashwini

    YUm Yumm..Looks so nice. It is so humid here already, I could have that bowl now..

  • Yasmeen

    Tandoori aloo!..good one.Sweaters?I don’t remember wearing any in Hyd. either,but I do miss the tropical weather.
    The melting ice cream looks delectable,the mulberries look lot like the blackberries,have to wait for summer to try the cool ice creams.I kinda had a sore throat after eating the icecream I made for DB challenge.
    Himalaya trekking must be a nice cool change not to mention adventurous,have fun:)
    And Happy Holi to you too:)

  • Usha

    Mulberry ice cream sounds yum. Enjoy your trek !

  • Alka

    Ahh those wonderful days…i remember plucking shahtoot from the neighbors trees near my Naani’s home in Chembur and staining the pockets of frocks where these were STOCKED UP to have it later with friends around.
    And hey the icecream looks wonderfully yummmmmm,perfect for the JUST IN Summer.And hey u had been near our NEW PLACE(P II) 😉
    Happy Holi to u dear ,hope u enjoy the colours of life along with family on this colourful day
    And BTW i am so sorry to trouble u again,but i needed help with BIG-LITTLE WORDS(whts that…no info on net too).Can u help out pls………

  • Uj

    Ice cream looks yummy… Loved the pic feel like grabbing one right away from the screen. I loved the texture.. Planning to try this with strawberries..

  • Happy cook

    It is ages ago i had mulberries, when i was in school there was a tree on theway and in the seaon we used to pluck the mulberries from the tree( well let me put it like this we used to steel )
    Ice cream looks so soft and yummy delicious.

  • Shama Nagarajan

    wow…delicious ice cream…lovely click

  • Madhumathi

    Mulberry icecream..Mmmmmm it sounds delicious..Nice color and great clicks 🙂

  • jayasree

    Ice cream looks great. Perfect texture and very appealing color. Here the summer has started at 40 C. Don’t know what is in store for the peak season.

    So you have already made ur summer plans. Enjoy your trek.

  • Preeti

    Ya really it’s even very hot in Bangalore. But the icecream looks coooooool 🙂

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks all:)

    Uma, thanks for clearing. I thought it was purple but I guess it does look pink:) Lemme see what Priya says!

    Soma, I had changed to google and transferred my feeds. I saw there was a considerable drop in the number but am not able to set it right at my end. Checked google but there is no fix as far as I know!

    Poorna, I like it that way too!! I know – we have to brace up for October each time:)

    Asha, I think it is our climatic variation that makes India very suitable for cultivation of crops and have vivid variety in flora and fauna. It is just that the heat gets to me like you said:), and sometimes we are envious of the cold too!!

    Cham, there is something about having an ice cream in the cold, isn’t it? Enjoy the season!!

    SJ, yes use any other berry. The sauce can be made with strawberries too or you could just chop the berries. The basic ice cream remains the same.

    Aquadaze, it is a nice feeling, isn’t it? I am taking the ‘Har-ki-Doon’ route in Mussorie this year.

  • Sharmila

    That is a perfect description for the weather & the months Harini!:-)
    I have seen mulberries being sold in bunches at Mahabaleshwar .. never felt like tasting them though. Thanks to this recipe I can make the perfect ice cream now (even without the berries). 🙂 Happy Holi to you too. 🙂

  • aquadaze

    you’ve kindled such memories! I used to live in Thane eons ago, behind our house, we had a mulberry tree…remember climbling up a wall to pluck a few berries! The ice cream sounds very delicious.
    And I do envy you your Himalayan trek..been ages since I went on one. Where are you off to?

  • SJ

    Looks absolutely delish! Can i use any other berry??

  • Cham

    Don’t worry about blog hop, u can catch up later. I feel the summer has started… The ice cream is melting….. Oh is still chill here, and u make me crave for some ice cream!

  • Asha

    Whoa! H, that hot and hot and more hot there. As much as it’s cold and snowy here, we do love the white all over in December around X Mas but if cold goes on and on, we get pissed! When it’s too hot in Summer, we get pissed again!:D
    It’s 81F now, wonderful sunny days. Love Spring and Fall.

    Mulberry IC looks so yum, it is melting there, must be really hot. Love the color, pale purple. Have fun there, and enjoy! 🙂

  • Poornima Nair

    Ice cream looks fabulous…I like my ice cream slightly melted so the pic looks perfect to me…That was a good read, ur so right about the seasons in India, the dreaded October.

  • Soma

    I actually love the effect of you picture. & I have never had mulberries & ever since i was a kid i wanted to have it & half my life is over I still did not get to eat it. That icecream sounds sooooo good that I feel like having that right now sitting in my back yard.

    I am not getting your updates in the reader… will have to see wht happened.

  • Uma

    mmm. ice cream looks great Harini! Don’t worry about the picture, it still shows nice texture of the ice cream. Nice pink color. I think you forgot to send this to FIC:Pink. 🙂

  • Madhu

    I heard it very hot this year in india.. icecream looks so good.

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