Monday, September 26, 2016

Indian style Fruit Custard

Blogging Marathon #68 Week 5 Day 1
Theme: Desserts
Dish: Indian style Fruit Custard

Today is the beginning of the last week of this month's Cooking Carnival. My theme for the week is desserts and I am starting off with this Fruit Custard. The recipe is really easy and needs just a few ingredients like milk, sugar and custard powder. A lot of recipes online have various forms of using custard powder. While there are recipes for ice creams to cookies and halwa to fruits custards using it, this one is my favorite. 

Whenever we plan a friend's dinner at home, my husband generally wants me to make this for dessert. He totally loves the dish. Along with him, his best friend is a fan too! Whenever they get together, they can gobble down a pot full of fruit salad. Before getting married, I used to make a very simple fruit custard with just the basic ingredients. Then my mother in law taught me to add saffron, cardamom and nutmeg to infuse Indian flavors in the dessert and boy, I stuck with the recipe! Adding a few spoons of additional ingredients can impart such a lovely flavor to the entire dish!

I generally make the custard earlier in the day for an evening party. It does help to enhance the flavors as the custard becomes more flavorful and thick after refrigeration. Just before the party, I add all the fruits except orange, kiwi and strawberry. Adding banana, apple, grapes and pomegranate is really common in this combination. Just before serving, add the remaining fruits, to avoid them from curdling the milk when kept for a long time. Enjoy this as a sweet dish for dinner or as a dessert. The leftovers taste even better the next day!!   


Mixed Fruits 2 cups chopped 
Milk 4 cups (I used whole milk)
Custard Powder 4 tbsp ( I used Vanilla Flavor)
Sugar 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder a pinch
Saffron a few strands


In a pan add 3 1/2 cups milk and boil on medium flame for about half hour. The milk should start thickening up. Add the sugar and mix well. Keep a close eye and keep stirring to ensure that the milk does not stick to the bottom. 

In the remaining half cup cold milk, add the custard powder and make a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the boiling milk, mix quickly and boil for another 5-6 minutes till the milk is thickened with custard powder. Once the desired consistency is reached, turn down the heat. Add the saffron, nutmeg and cardamom powders and mix well. Let the custard cool completely. Then refrigerate for atleast 2-3 hours.

To serve, divide the diced fruits in three or four bowls. I used apple, banana, grapes, orange, strawberries and kiwi. Pour the custard mixture on the fruits, add some additional cardamom powder if you like. Mix and serve cold. 


  1. Your recipe has come at the right time. I was planning to make fruit custard for a get together at my place and now I can make this flavorful fruit custard. Saffron and custard must have imparted richness to the usual custard flavor.

  2. There is a shop in Mysore which serves this salad with a dollop of icecream. Seeing your fruit salad, I am reminded of those Mysore day..

  3. Cardamom and saffron is a nice Indian touch to this popular fruit salad. This use to be the dessert at any party when we were growing up.

  4. A dash of nutmeg goes a long way. Love it.

  5. Interesting addition of nutmeg and other Indian spices there ! I usually add saffron but will try ur version soon as my kids love fruit custard quite a bit

  6. This is a real hit dessert, very comforting , very delicious and easy to make. I have never used saffron in custard will try next time. The clicks are tempting !

  7. One of my favorite dessert and go to dessert for most potlucks.

  8. This is my kind of dessert and never get bored of this, thats a lipsmacking dessert to relish without any fuss.

  9. Layers of favors there in an already yummy fruit custard. Most Indians have fond memories attached to it, I guess.

  10. Superb yaar!..Love this version of custard from our cuisine..and your fruits make it so appealing!

  11. My girls love this fruit custard .Looks so colorful and inviting.

  12. Colorful and very tempting fruit salad.

  13. This is a yum dessert that I love to eat in place of dinner.