How to make Lebanese ice cream (Booza)

Lebanese ice cream recipe

Lebanese ice cream was invented on 4 July 1969. This ice cream belongs to the people of Lebanon. Lebanese cuisine is 500 years old. Lebanese food is very much famous in the world. In World War 1, the Ottomans have defeated then the French rule on Lebanon till 1943. 1943 the country got its independence. At that time the french introduced several dishes.

Ice cream is served as a dessert. It is perfect to fulfil your cravings. There are many flavours of ice cream. ice cream contains so many fats and sugar. Sugar in blood is very harmful to the body. Low fat ice cream is much better than simple ice cream.

Ice cream is not good for diabetic patients. High fructose corn syrup is the main ingredient of the ice cream which is dangerous for diabetic patients. Ice cream can cause several heart diseases. It can cause some serious kidney problems which is not cured easily.

How to make Lebanese ice cream (Booza)

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 20 mins Calories: 232 Best Season: Summer


Booza is a sort of ice cream made with milk, cream, and corn starch that is becoming more popular. Ice cream is known as booza in Arabic. It was thickened with sahlab, crushed orchid root, and flavoured with mastic, both of which are still used today.



  1. Step 1

    • Take a pot to add milk, cornstarch,  salt, sugar and mix them well until no lumps are left
    • Put this pot on medium flame,  keep stirring until it starts to bubble
    • Add mastic powder, stir in the mastic powder until it becomes thick and creamy.
    • Now, turn off the heat cover it with a lid and let it cool down until it reaches room temperature
    • Now, take a bowl add whipping cream and beat the whipping cream until it reaches stiff peaks
    • Add cornstarch mixture into whipping cream  and beat them together until it comes to a smooth consistency
    • Fill a freezer-safe container halfway with the mixture, smooth the top, and freeze for 8 hours or until totally frozen.
    • Scoop in the ice cream bowl and garnish the top with pistachios
    • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 46mg16%
Sodium 33mg2%
Potassium 89mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: Lebanese, ice cream, Booza
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