Blackberry and Aniseed Sorbet

Reena Pastakia shows us her amazing blackberry sorbet recipe.
By Reena Pastakia

Blackberry and Aniseed Sorbet

Blackberry and Aniseed Sorbet
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Reena Pastakia shows us her amazing blackberry sorbet recipe.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 275 millilitres hot water
  • 5 teaspoons aniseed
  • 400 grams fresh blackberries - washed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  1. Place the sugar, water and aniseed in a pan. Heat slowly to dissolve the sugar and bring to the boil.
  2. Switch off the heat and leave to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, press the blackberries through a sieve over a suitable bowl. Scrape underneath so that nothing is wasted.
  4. Add the lemon juice and stir well.
  5. Now take a clean sieve and strain the aniseed syrup into the bowl with the blackberry juice.
  6. Stir well and pour into a plastic tub.
  7. Place a lid on the tub and freeze for 3 hours.
  8. Use a fork to stir up the sorbet and then put back in the freezer for another 45 minutes before stirring again. Keep doing this every 45 minutes until the sorbet has formed a soft crumbly texture firm enough to form scoops. This will take in the region of 4 hours.

Reena Pastakia

Reena grew up thinking Indian cooking was a dark art where the quantities of spices required in each dish were innately known to a chosen few. It was only after she married an Englishman with a voracious appetite for Indian food that she started phoning home for cooking tips. She started her blog ( in an attempt to document her family’s recipes and make Indian cooking accessible to all.

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