kesar pista ice cream with saffron
Written by Vahid Epagloo, Food Consultant Updated:

Human history can be divided into two periods: before and after the invention of smoothies. In fact, in Iran, simple forms of smoothies have a more interesting name “yakh-dar-behesht”, which literally translates to “Ice-in-paradise”. The word paradise is of Persian origin. Do you like to make your smoothies with Iranian saffron? No rigid instructions in this recipe are there. So, this is just one of the very different possible saffron smoothies, possibly the most Iranian one, even though it was created in India: Kesar Pista.

Kesar in the Indian language means saffron and “Pista”, means pistachio. The latter word’s pronunciation in the Indian language is very similar to that of Persian (Pesteh). As the best saffron and pistachio belong to Iran and as Indian culture and language before British colonialism had a lot of things in common with Persian culture and language we can say Kesar Pista is a common production of the two countries. Now let’s plummet into the detailed part of our article:

What is Kesar pista?

Saffron and pistachios with banana, cardamom, and milk can create an elixir which is called Kesar pista smoothie, So it is basically a kind of banana smoothie. Indians see it as one of their breakfast options which is quick and nutritious you need to rock in that day! Also, it is a perfect nutrient for growing kids, pregnant moms, and post-workouts.

Now let’s review what we need to make such an elixir.


Iranian Saffron; for the the best quality in the world. Nothing to worry because Iran is producing around 90% of total saffron production in the globe. So what you bye from the groceries or supermarket as Spanish or Kashmir saffron, is imported and re-packaged Iranian saffron by Spanish and Indian businessmen. To make sure of the quality, you can order from the Ghaaneh brand.

Shelled Pistachios; to make the best result soak them for half an hour in lukewarm water and, then, chop or grind them. Again, try to buy Iranian pistachio. The country is the largest exporter of pistachio nuts and the second-largest producer of pistachios in the shell, following the USA.

Frozen Bananas.

Milk; all options are on the table, Whole milk or non-dairy milk such as almond milk or oat milk.

Any available sweeteners like sugar, honey, or any other type.

How to prep Kesar pista?

First, and foremost, at least 6-8 hours before using., chop the bananas, place them in a freezer-safe bag, and freeze. Take it out from the freezer just before making the smoothie as no need to thaw.

At least 15 minutes before, you should brew saffron in warm water to extract the color/flavor you need.

Put ripe frozen banana, pistachios, saffron, milk, and your preferred sweetener in a high-powered blender to get a chunk-free smoothie.

Note: This smoothie is a kind of food to avoid wasting resources. We know that, unfortunately, in today’s world, due to the increase in prosperity among the middle classes in different countries, the amount of food waste is high, which has both destructive environmental effects and unfortunate economic effects. For this smoothie, you can buy overripe bananas, which are cheaper, and because of their soft texture, they are easier to mix, and they give a thick and creamy texture to your smoothie and make it more delicious.


Is kesar pista good for you?

I insist on calling such a smoothie an elixir. Pistachio, saffron, and banana, each of them are magical natural products with several health benefits.

being rich in healthy fats, fiber, and various essential vitamins and minerals, Pistachios can contribute to heart health, weight management, and improved digestion.

Containing active like Crocin, Crocetin, and safranal, saffron is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which make the spice an effective anticancer. It is, also, the best natural antidepressant in the world. The exotic aroma and flavor of saffron are relaxing and donate to your smoothie a more seductive hue!

Like saffron, Cardamom is a spice replete with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it is a natural cancer fighter.



To treat your taste buds you need to try a Kesar pista smoothie. It is made of saffron, pistachios, banana, cardamom, and milk, so nutritious and delicious elixir that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. It is particularly beneficial for growing kids, pregnant moms, and anyone looking for a quick and nutrient-packed meal.


How to adjust the consistency of the pistachio smoothie?

If you find your smoothie too thin, add a little more milk to reach your desired consistency. A thicker smoothie means you need to reduce the amount of milk and add more bananas.

Does Kesar Pista Smoothie need pre-preparation?

Most of the smoothies are made only from a combination of cold or frozen fruits, meaning you need to freeze the fruits just a few hours before. In the case of this type of smoothie, because you need to brew saffron, you need at least 15 minutes to soak the spice in hot water.

Can this smoothie be veganized?

If not, use plant milk like almond or oat milk. Regular milk is just one option.