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Fruit custard recipe

This Indian fruit custard recipe combines seasonal fruits with sweet creamy custard sauce to make this delectable dessert that is perfect for a crowd. Check out the almost hands-free version using an Instant Pot (stovetop recipe included as well).
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword summer
Method Instant Pot, Stovetop
Diet Nut-free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 142kcal
Author Anushree Shetty

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup custard powder vanilla flavor
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fruits of your choice see note

Topping suggestions

  • 1 teaspoon Mango pulp optional
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice-cream

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions

  • Whisk together custard powder with 1 tablespoon milk. Mix till there are no lumps remaining.
  • Take a medium saucepan and boil milk on medium heat. When it starts to boil over, add sugar and custard powder mixture to it and stir continuously.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue stirring till the mixture thickens (The consistency should be like ketchup). [Note: Don’t forget to stir, the mixture sticks to the bottom quickly]
  • Take it off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate till you are ready to serve. [ Note: The consistency thickens after it cools down]
  • When you are ready to serve, take the freshly cut fruits and add it to the custard mixture and mix well. Alternatively, you could put the custard in your serving bowls and then add fruits on it. 
  • Serve it with ice-cream or with a drizzle of sweetened mango pulp (optional)

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Adjust the yogurt function until it is in the boil mode. 
  • Add milk in the steel insert and walk away :) 
  • Instant Pot will beep when the milk is boiled and will shut down. 
  • Switch over to the saute mode (low) and add sugar and the custard + milk mixture. Mix well. 
  • Stir continuously until the mixture starts to thicken. (The consistency should be like ketchup). [Note: Don’t forget to stir, the mixture sticks to the bottom quickly]. Switch off the Instant Pot.
  • Carefully remove the steel insert and set it over the countertop.  
  • Let the custard sauce cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate till you are ready to serve. [ Note: The consistency thickens after it cools down]
  • When you are ready to serve, take the freshly cut fruits and add it to the custard mixture and mix well. Alternatively, you could put the custard in your serving bowls and then add fruits on it. 
  • Serve it with ice-cream or with a drizzle of sweetened mango pulp (optional)

Notes

  1. The fruits that work best are - Apple, banana, strawberries, blueberries, mango, pomegranate seeds, papaya, grapes (preferably cut into half). You can add honeydew, cantaloupe to your custard if you choose to but I don't.
  2. Avoid fruits that have citrus content such as oranges, sweet lime (mosambi). Also, avoid watermelon because it will release water and pineapple as it can curdle the milk. 
Tips for making fruit custard
  1. Make sure the saucepan or Instant Pot steel insert has no residue and is wiped clean before using to prevent curdling of milk when boiled. 
  2. Do not add custard powder directly to hot milk, instead mix it with milk at room temperature till it is completely dissolved. Use a whisk for best results. 
  3. Once you have added the custard powder + milk mixture to the hot milk, don't forget to continuously stir as the custard can burn easily. 
  4. Allow the custard to cool down completely and refrigerate for a couple of hours before adding fruits.
  5. Fruits tend to discolor that is why add the bananas and apples only when you are ready to serve. If making for a crowd, you can add fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mango, pomegranate seeds, grapes a few hours before the party.
Variations 
  1. Fruit custard made with condensed milk has a charm of its own. Substitute 1/2 cup milk with an equivalent amount of condensed milk. Make sure to reduce the amount of sugar.
  2. Serving suggestions - Top it with ice-cream or sweetened mango pulp for a delicious twist.
Storage instructions
The custard sauce stores well in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. Just don't add any fruits until you are ready to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1small bowl | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 140mg