Fruit Custard, also known as fruit salad in many Gujarati household including mine is a delicately flavored milk based dessert. It is super simple to make and a definite crown pleaser! Simply boil the milk with custard powder along with cardamom & saffron. Let it cool down and garnish with fresh fruits and dry fruits. That is simply it, it comes together quickly and great option when you need a big batch of dessert.
I am not a big fan of sweet dishes compared to how much I love my spicy and savory dishes. However this is one of those rare ones I could have all day any day!! I think it is because of its delicate flavors and not extremely rich consistency. Different people have different preferences when it comes to the thickness of this dessert. I grew up having a thin consistency over the thick one. While many regions/restaurants make it thick consistency, almost like pudding. It is only a matter of how much custard powder you use to achieve your desired consistency.
Simply pair it with Masala Puri or just plain puri with side of Bataka Wada. It is truly one of the best desserts in my opinion. If you end up making it and liking it, tag me on Instagram @myvegetarianroots. I would love to see your recreation of this goodie!!
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- ½ gallon Whole Milk (+ 1/4 cup for custard mix) 1.89 litter + 1/4 cup for custard mix
- 3 tbsp Custard Powder 2 tbsp for a little thin consistancy
- 10 threads Saffron
- 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
- ¾ cup Sugar
- Peeled & Finely Chopped Fresh Fruits 1 apple, 1 large banana, ½ cup chiku (if available), 2 kiwi, 2 cups grapes, 1 pomegranate etc
- ½ cup Slivered Nuts Pistachios, almonds, cashews
- Bring milk to boil in a heavy bottom pot with saffron. Keep stirring it frequently to avoid burning of milk at the bottom of the pot.
- Mix 3 tbsp (use 2 tbsp for a little thin consistency) of custard powder with ¼ cup of milk to make a smooth paste.
- Once milk comes to boil, bring the heat down, slowly pour the smooth custard mix (stir it well before adding) in the milk while mixing constantly.
- Add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well, let it boil for 10-12 minutes while stirring frequently.
- Turn the heat off and let it cool down completely. You will see a layer of malai (milk fats) on top, you can either mix it well in the milk or discard. I like to mix it in the milk for great texture! Milk will keep on thickening as it cools down.
- Once cooled down, add peeled/chopped fresh fruits and slivered nuts. Mix well.
- Refrigerate for few hours before serving. It will keep on thickening as it cools down. Serve it cold with side of puri and bataka wada!!