Mixed Fruit Custard is an easy and simple to make Indian dessert. Make it from scratch or use store bought custard powder to make it. Here is the recipe.
Here are some more dessert recipes, that you can serve after your weekend brunch – Fruit Cream, Apple Cinnamon Cake, Strawberry Cobbler, Hot Spiced Fruit Bake, Mango Chia Pudding and Mango Mousse Cake.
About This Recipe
Fruit Custard is a popular Indian dessert where the base is made with milk, custard powder, and sugar. It is then chilled and a lot of fruits are added to make it even more delicious.
You can add any fruits of your choice, but adding seasonal fruits are the best.
You can make the custard powder at home or use the store-bought one. If you have time on your hands, do use the homemade one, as it tastes the best.
I make it at home and store it, so that it is always handy whenever I want to make this yummy dessert.
The actual joy of eating this chilled dessert is after a Summer lunch when your tummy is full of all the delicious food and you just need a light dessert to end the perfect meal.
This dessert is,
- Easy to make
- Loaded with fruits
- Apt for a Summer dessert
Milk – Always use full-fat milk to make this delicious dessert. It gives this custard a creamy texture, that makes it even yummier.
Custard Powder – I always make Custard Powder at home and store for later use. But if you are short on time, you can even use the store-bought ones.
Sugar – Sugar can be adjusted in Fruit Custard according to your taste and preference. I like mine to be less sweet, but you can always increase the amount of sugar.
Fruits – You can add any fruits in this custard, according to the season. I like to add seasonal fruits, as it tastes the best. I have used Apple, Mango, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Banana, Grapes, Orange and Kiwi.
Step By Step Recipe
Take 1/2 cup milk in a bowl and add custard powder in it. Mix well to make a lump free mixture.
Heat the remaining milk in a pan. Add sugar and cook until it dissolves.
Add custard mixture and cook until the mixture thickens. Keep stirring continuously.
Remove the pan from the heat. Cover the pan with a cling wrap to avoid the formation of a cream layer on top. Cool the custard completely. Chill it for 3-4 hours.
When ready to serve, add fruits in the custard and mix well.
Serve Fruit Custard chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make it, you just need 3 ingredients – milk powder, vanilla sugar, and cornflour.
Just add all the three ingredients into a blender and make a powder out of it.
You can even use vanilla beans or vanilla extract, instead of vanilla sugar. Use plain sugar and scrape and add 1 vanilla bean to it.
To give it a slight yellow hint, add in a little powdered yellow food coloring, but this is completely optional.
Store custard powder in an airtight container.
If you are using Vanilla sugar, it stays good till the expiry of milk powder, but if you are using vanilla extract or vanilla beans, try and finish the powder within a month
If you don’t have custard powder, don’t worry! You can still make a custard. You will need:
3 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
5 tablespoons sugar
Firstly, add in 3/4 of the milk with eggs and whisk properly till you get a creamy texture. Keep it aside.
Add in the remaining milk in the cornstarch, whisk it well and see that there are no lumps.
Now add in the cornstarch mixture into the egg mixture and mix well. Add in vanilla extract, sugar, and mix well.
Now heat a pan and add in this mixture into it. Stir continuously and cook the mixture till it is creamy. Don’t make it too thick, as it will get thicker once it cools down.
I have added Banana, Mangoes, Apple, Pomegranate, Kiwi, Orange, Grapes, and Strawberry, but you can go ahead and add any fruits of your choice such as Chikoo, Cantaloupe, Papaya, Berries, etc.
In Summers, don’t forget to add fresh mangoes, they taste the best in this yummy dessert.
You can add in dry fruits, nuts of your choice or Coconut flakes, tutti fruity and chocolate chips to add that extra crunch.
To add more flavor you can add in cardamom powder, rose syrup, saffron, etc too.
Custard Powder has cornflour in it as an ingredient, which helps in the thickening of the custard. If you think your Custard is too runny, add in more custard powder while making the same. Keep in mind that custard will thicken after cooling.
Well, if you find your Custard too thick, you can add in some cold milk and thin it out.
It is often seen that milk and fruits when served together, can be heavy on the stomach and might disturb the same. To avoid it, you can make the fruit custard with almond milk for your kids.
Shahi Fruit Custard – In this you can flavor your custard with cardamom powder, saffron, and rose syrup. It adds a rich and shahi flavor to your custard. Then top it off with fruits and dry fruits.
Chocolate – You can make a chocolate custard, by flavouring it with cocoa powder.
Jelly – To make this version, add in some flavored jelly at the bottom and top it with fruit custard.
With Sponge Cake – Add some pieces of sponge cake at the bottom of the serving bowl and then pour the custard on top.
While you eat it, the soft crumbly cake tastes delicious with the creamy custard and crunch of fruits.
Fruit Custard Tart – You can also fill it in a tart for a delicious dessert.
Vegan – To make it vegan, you can use vegan milk substitute instead of normal milk. You can use a combo of coconut milk and cashew milk or even almond milk.
With Condensed milk – You can reduce the quantity of milk and add condensed milk to get a creamier texture.
Substitute 1/2 cup milk with an equivalent amount of condensed milk. Just make sure to reduce the amount of sugar, as the condensed milk is already sweet.
You can serve Fruit Custard as a dessert after your weekend Summer meals or even during festivals and special occasions.
You can also make it for your Pot Luck Parties.
This stays good in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days.
If you are adding bananas, just remove it before storing it as they tend to become black and give a strong flavor too.
Fruit Custard Recipe
- 500 ml Full Fat Milk
- 3 tbsp Custard Powder
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Apple (chopped)
- 1/4 cup Mango (peeled and cubed)
- 1/4 cup Pomegrante
- 1/4 cup Strawberry (chopped)
- 1 Banana (peeled and cubed)
- 1/4 cup Grapes (sliced into half)
- 1/4 cup Orange (peeled and sliced)
- 1/4 cup Kiwi (peeled and sliced)
- Take 1/2 cup milk in a bowl and add custard powder in it.
- Mix well to make a lump free mixture.
- Heat the remaining milk in a pan
- Add sugar and cook until it dissolves.
- Add custard mixture and cook until the mixture thickens.
- Keep stirring continuously.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Cover the pan with a cling wrap to avoid the formation of cream layer on top.
- Cool the custard completely.
- Chill it for 3-4 hours.
- When ready to serve, add fruits in the custard and mix well.
- Serve chilled.