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Brother's request. Sapota Ice cream

Melting fruit ©Cookaroo
Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota) : A mamey sapote is ripe when the flesh is pink when a fleck of the skin is removed. The flesh should give slightly, as with a ripe kiwifruit. The brown skin has a texture somewhat between sandpaper and the fuzz on a peach.

Thats a chikoo we're talking about. So a couple of days ago, my brother and I stopped by at Gourmet Affaire, where he picked up a chikoo icecream. It was excellent. Can you make this, he asked. I could try, I replied.

Then there was this conversation between my friend N and I on gtalk

me:  Yesterday we ate chikoo ice cream from Gourmet Affaire
N:  ooh. nice?
me:  I am trying to figure out how to make it. Oh it was excellent. Chikoo-ey, not too sweet, creamy. What is chikoo in English?
N:  Sapota
me:  NO, thats in tamil
N:  Yes, f****r. Who lost kiwi bet?
me:  Eh? What?
N:  You wouldn't believe me ki it was an animal not just something you eat, wember?
me:  Bhai, are u mad, I know they are both
N:  Ruch, your memory is playing tricks. Rememeber 2-3 years ago we were squabbling about this!!
And I won 100 bucks from you! Because kiwi was a bird and you wouldn't believe me. So just shut up
and believe me ki sapota is chikoo
me:  Hai raam. Ok. Sapota you say. Fine googling sapota
N:  Then google humble pie
me:  poda
N:  Be graceful, acknowledge defeat, my worthy opponent kahin ki. First acknowledge you're stupid.
me:  Mamey sapote is a tropical native from Mexico and Central America. This furry fruit is apparently
much loved in mehico. Sapota botanical name Pouteria Sapota. You were right. 
N:  :D
me:  I always thought Sapota was a tamil name for chikoo

So much for that. After having to eat humble pie, I went in search of over ripe Sapotas, because the brother was only over for a couple more days. So armed with 9 ripe chikoos, I went in search of a recipe that would do justice to the fruit. I looked up a number of recipes online and figured that most fresh fruit pureed ice creams would taste better without eggs. I didn't want an extremely rich ice cream either, so instead of going half milk half cream, I decided to make a half coconut milk half skimmed milk dessert.

While I was making the dessert, I thought that adding the coconut milk was a terrible idea - the mix taste more coconutty than sapotoey... but once it was frozen the taste of the chikoo took over completely. Perhaps there was a hint of coconut milk, but truly, if you weren't looking for it, chances were you weren't going to find it.

I've used custard powder instead of corn flour or milk powder, only because I thought it would give it that creamy (eggy-like) texture. The vanilla could have been overpowering had it not been for the uber ripe sapota. But that said, this is not a very sweet ice cream. This is not a rich dessert. This is an ice cream for chikoo lovers. And its good. And the only thing to remember is that its shelf life is about 5 days. So like me, this morning, you could make yourself some chikoo milk shake with the leftovers.

Oh and when my brother tasted the ice cream . He said (and I quote here) - "It's even better than what we ate at Gourmet Affaire."  I couldn't wipe that grin off my face.

Just one more scoop, please ©Cookaroo

Sapota ice cream

1 cup plus 1/2 cup milk
150 ml condensed milk
1 cup light coconut milk
3 tsps vanilla custard powder
1 1/2 cups pureed sapota/ chikoo (about 7 sapota)


1. Heat 1 cup of milk and condensed milk together till it boil. Mix 1/2 cup of milk with three teaspoons custard powder till smooth. Stir into the condensed milk mixture and stir till mixture thickens. Cool.

2. Peel the sapota and de seed. Pulverize till pureed in the food processor or blender. Mix with the coconut milk.

3. Stir the mixture into the custard mix until smooth and creamy. Let it cool in the refrigerator for a bit.

4. Freeze using your ice cream machine as per the manufacturer's instructions.

Note: You can make this ice cream without the ice cream maker as well. Just freeze for 2 hours and run it through the blender once before placing it back into the freezer

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  1. and yes, i even loved the ice cream milkshake that you made in the morning :)

  2. Love chikoo icecream. Please collect the award awaiting you at Square Meals


    1. thanks aparna, that's absolutely fabulous of you... :)

  3. Its Zapota in english , SaPOTA IS a Tamil..................
    so u r right Miss R

  4. Its Zapota in english ...........Sapota is a tamil name for it