Fruit Custard

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Fresh fruit and a creamy vanilla custard sauce combine forces in this simple Fruit Custard recipe. If you are looking for a healthy, easy dessert that doesn’t require you to turn on the oven, you’ve come to the right place! See how to make this yummy fruit salad with custard sauce by following along with my step-by-step photos and video below.

two black and white bowls filled with fruit custard and garnished with pomegranate arils

About Fruit Custard

Fruit custard is one of those desserts that reminds me of childhood. Growing up, we would eat Carrot Halwa, Rice Kheer, Besan Ladoo or a fruit custard like this one for our sweet treat. 

Sometimes the fruit custard was served plain, and sometimes my Mom embellished it with fruit jelly. I can still see the labels from the Brown & Polson or the Crown brand custard powders and jars of Rex brand jelly in my mind’s eye! Isn’t it funny how food can take you back in time?

NOTE: While I opted to use boxed custard powder in this recipe for convenience, I also have an eggless recipe for Vanilla Custard on the site.

A fruit custard is basically made by mixing fruits with custard sauce, which is why this delicious dessert is also known as fruit salad with custard. Depending on how you make fruit salad in your house, you can also feel free to add in things like toasted nuts, dried fruits or even vegetarian mini marshmallows.

If you’re in the US, this might also remind you of a version of ambrosia salad known as a 24-Hour Salad. While we eat this yummy fruit salad with custard as a sweet dessert, you can certainly feel free to serve it with your holiday spread – it has fruit in it, after all!

Tips & Tricks

  1. Fruit custard can be made with dairy milk or plant-based milk. I make it both ways, though if I am going the vegan route I prefer to use almond milk. In the stepwise photos, I have shown the method of making it with dairy milk. The method of making custard with almond milk is explained in the recipe card notes below.
  2. To improvise on the sugar content in this fruit salad with custard, you can substitute jaggery when making with almond milk. However with dairy milk, you have to be careful while adding jaggery as the milk can curdle. If you do plan to add jaggery, then add once the custard is warm.
  3. Feel free to add your favorite seasonal fruits, but avoid citrus fruits and melons. Both citrus fruits and melons are incompatible with milk and can give you indigestion. You can add your favorite dry fruits and nuts to the fruit custard.
  4. How to make fruit custard without custard powder? Replace 3 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot flour or tapioca starch with custard powder and mix it with 3 tablespoons of warm milk as directed in the recipe. Also add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence to this mix when you make the paste or slurry.
two black and white bowls filled with fruit custard and garnished with pomegranate arils
Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Fruit Custard

Make Custard

1. Take 2.5 cups milk in a thick bottomed pan or saucepan and keep it on the stove top. Bring the milk to a gentle simmer.

milk in a saucepan

2. While the milk is warming up, take 3 tablespoons warm or room temperature milk in a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons custard powder.

You can take the 3 tablespoons warm milk from the milk which is getting heated up or warm 3 tablespoons milk separately in a microwave oven or on the stove top.

Out of custard powder? No problem! Check out my recipe for making Vanilla Custard and you’ll be in business.

Or swap custard powder with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Don’t forget to add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence to this mix.

making a slurry out of milk and custard powder

3. With a whisk, stir very well to make a smooth paste or slurry without any lumps.

completed slurry paste for fruit custard recipe

4. When the milk has come to a gentle heat, add 5 tablespoons sugar or as required. Stir very well so that the sugar dissolves.

sugar being added to warmed milk

5. Keep the flame on a low and then add the custard paste or slurry in parts.

slurry being added to milk mixture by the tablespoon

6. As soon as you add the custard mixture, stir quickly so that lumps are not formed. Repeat with the remaining custard paste, working in batches or drizzling it in a slow stream as you whisk constantly.

stirring vigorously to prevent lumps in custard

7. Keep on stirring often while the custard is cooking, so that lumps are not formed. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat.

scraping the bottom of the pan with a spoon while making custard

8. The mixture will thicken slowly and the raw taste of the cornstarch from the custard powder also goes away.

Pour the custard in a bowl and cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Let it cool at room temperature. If you plan to serve fruit custard cold, place the bowl covered with a lid in the refrigerator.

For a thicker custard, cook for a few more minutes. Keep in mind that as the custard cools, it will thicken more. You can also keep the custard in fridge to chill it before adding the fruits.

stirring custard that is visibly thick and creamy

Make Fruit Custard

9. Chop the fruits. I always suggest to use seasonal fruits to make fruit custard. Just be sure to avoid citrus fruits, pineapple and melons. The fruits I used are: apples, papaya, banana, strawberries and pomegranate.

fruits for fruit custard recipe in a bowl

10. Once the custard has cooled (at room temperature or in the fridge), add the mixed fruits.

making fruit custard recipe, adding custard to fruits in bowl

11. Mix well.

stirring fruit custard together

12. Serve fruit custard garnished with some more fruits and pomegranate arils. Enjoy!
You could also add some nuts and dry fruits like raisins, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, pecans.

NOTE: If you store the fruit custard in the fridge, the fruits will release some of their juices and the consistency of the custard can become thin. So add fruits only when you plan to serve this dessert. It is best enjoyed when served straightaway after assembling and mixing.

two black and white bowls filled with fruit custard and garnished with pomegranate arils

More Tips

  • Fruits: I suggest to use seasonal fruits that are ripe and sweet. Do not use tangy citrus fruits, melons and pineapple. Adding pineapple can make the fruit custard taste bitter. You can also enjoy custard as is without adding any fruits.
  • Milk: You can make the custard with both whole milk and almond milk. I have detailed below the method for making a vegan fruit custard in the notes section of recipe card below.
  • Custard consistency: To make a for a smooth lump-free consistency, ensure that when you add the custard powder slurry to the milk it should not be very hot or boiling. This can create lumps in the custard. On the other hand, to make the slurry or paste, always use warm milk or room temperature milk. A paste made with cold milk will also create lumps in the custard.
  • Variations: You can make apple custard by adding apple puree or apple sauce to the custard sauce and later mix with the rest of the fruits. Another interesting variation is mango custard, where you have to mix mango puree with the custard sauce once it cools. Some more options are to add banana puree or strawberry puree. Keep in mind to add less sugar when you mix fruit purees with the custard.
  • Scale: Feeding a crowd? Scale this recipe to make a large batch of fruit custard for kids parties or potlucks.

FAQs

Why is my custard runny?

Ooops! It sounds like you either:
1. Didn’t cook the custard long enough, or
2. Added a tad too much milk.
To remedy a thin custard, you can either continue cooking on the stovetop, or create another custard powder slurry to add into the mix. Please note that these remedies will only work if you haven’t yet added fruit to the mix.
Also, it is important to note that warm custard will necessarily have a slightly medium flowing consistency. As the mixture cools, it will continue to set up.

What if I don’t have any custard powder?

If you don’t have any custard powder, I recommend you check out my recipe for Homemade Custard Sauce.

If you don’t have any *leftover* custard powder and are trying to remedy a thin version of the recipe below, opt for a cornstarch or arrowroot slurry.

What are the best fruits to add in a fruit salad with custard?

I recommend reaching for any in season fruits, as they are bound to be less expensive and more delicious. Just be sure to avoid citrus (like oranges and tangerines) and melons, as these don’t play nicely with dairy in the digestive tract.

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fruit custard and garnished with pomegranate arils in a black and white bowl

Fruit Custard

Fresh fruit and a creamy vanilla custard sauce combine forces in this simple Fruit Custard recipe. Fruit custard is a popular Indian dessert.
4.86 from 35 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian
Course Desserts
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3 medium dessert bowls
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Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons custard powder
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk warm or at room temperature
  • 1.5 to 2 cups chopped mixed fruits – apples, mangoes, sapota, banana, pears, strawberries, pomegranate

Instructions
 

Making custard sauce

  • Take milk in a thick bottomed pan or saucepan and keep it on the stove top. Bring the milk to a gentle heat or simmer.
  • Whilst the milk is getting heated, in a small bowl, take 3 tablespoon warm milk from the saucepan. Add 3 tbsp custard powder.
  • You can opt to take the 3 tablespoons of warm milk from the milk which is getting heated up in the pan or warm 3 tablespoons milk separately in a microwave oven or on the stove top.
  • With a whisk stir very well to make a smooth slurry or paste without any lumps.
  • When the milk has come to a gentle heat, add the sugar. Stir very well so that the sugar dissolves.
  • Keep the heat on a low and then add the custard paste at a time in small portions.
  • As soon as you add one portion of the custard slurry or paste, stir quickly so that lumps are not formed. Finish off all the custard paste this way.
  • Keep on stirring often while the custard is cooking, so that lumps are not formed. Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on a low heat.
  • The mixture will thicken slowly. For a thicker custard, cook for a few more minutes. Allow the custard to cool at room temperature. Also keep in mind, that as the custard cools, it will thicken more. You can also keep the custard in fridge to chill it before adding the fruits.

Making fruit custard

  • Chop the fruits. Use seasonal fruits. Avoid citrus fruits and melons. The fruits I used – apples, papaya, banana, strawberries and pomegranate.
  • Once the custard has cooled, add the mixed fruits. Combine to mix.
  • Serve fruit custard garnished with some more fruits and pomegranate arils or add some chopped nuts or dry fruits.

Video

Notes

Recipe Notes

  • This fruit salad with custard recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • If making fruit custard for Navratri fast, then use arrowroot flour for thickening, instead of corn starch.
  • Best to use seasonal fruits to make fruit custard. Avoid using citrus fruits, pineapple and melons.
  • Make sure to stir often after the milk starts thickening so that the sauce does not get burnt or brown at the bottom of the pan. 
  • To make fruit custard without custard powder, simply swap in 3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot four or tapioca starch and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence. Mix these with warm milk to make a smooth slurry or paste. 


How to make vegan fruit custard

  1. Warm the 2.5 cups almond milk on a low heat. Simply lightly warm the milk. Don’t over heat it.
  2. Now take 3 tablespoons milk from the warmed almond milk and make a smooth paste with the custard powder. Make sure there are no lumps and keep aside.
  3. Add sugar to the warmed almond milk. Stir till the sugar dissolves. You can use 5 to 6 tablespoon jaggery instead of sugar.
  4. Then add the custard paste to the warmed almond milk. Keep on a low heat and keep on stirring till the milk begins to thicken.
  5. You have to stir continuously as to avoid forming lumps in the custard.
  6. The custard will start thickening. Avoid making to a thick consistency, as on cooling the consistency thickens more.
  7. Switch off the heat and allow the custard to cool or refrigerate. Add fruits. Mix well and serve the fruit custard.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Fruit Custard
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 744IU15%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin D 3µg20%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 6µg6%
Calcium 289mg29%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 18µg5%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 35mg9%
Phosphorus 247mg25%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This fruit custard post from the archives, first published in February 2013 has been republished and updated on 20 November 2021.

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91 Comments

  1. Custard won’t thicken even after boiling for 8 minutes and leaving in the fridge overnight.

    1. not sure why this has happened as 3 tablespoons custard powder will easily thicken 2.5 to 3 cups of milk. i hope the custard powder quality is good. also depending on the pan used, the intensity of flame, cooking time will vary. so the cooking time can be increased. you even can cook now for some more minutes till the mixture thickens. if the custard still does not thicken, then add some more custard powder dissolved in a bit of milk and continue to cook. hope this helps.

  2. HI Dassana,

    I must thank you for all your recipes. I enjoy going through your intuitive site and am amazed to see how it is extremely user friendly.
    I made Fruit Custard for a party at a friends place and it turned out to be amazing. i made 2 changes – first instead of adding the custard while the milk came to a gentle heat , i added it after a complete boil – this gave the custard a real thick density and second i added few saffron strands to this, which added a rich color and fragrance to the end product.
    All your recipes have been amazing . Heartfelt thank you and keep up the good work.5 stars

    1. Welcome Supriya. Thanks for sharing this awesome feedback on recipes. Glad to know that you like the website presentation.

  3. I have been happily married for 3 years now
    And your recipes have given a great contribution
    I have really tried many many of your recipes and almost all have pleased us
    The way you describe is very good
    All the very best Dassana
    Great work ,you are at home but believe me you are making happier lives for many like us5 stars

    1. Thanks Namrata for your positive feedback on recipes and for your kind words. glad to know that recipes are helping you.

  4. I want to make for 13 people.can u please mention all the quantities plzz.it’s a bit urgent5 stars

    1. divya, just increase the recipe ingredients 5 times proportionately. recipes like custard can be easily doubled or tripled or made in large quantities by increasing the ingredients proportionately.

  5. Tanx for dis wnderful recipe dassana…i just want 2 knw dat for 150people how many kg of custard powder and milk i need plzzz reply… With measuring… Tanx

    1. Welcome Shraddha. Its too difficult for me to guess. I am sorry, I can’t help it.

  6. Hello mam so pleased to know that u r having a YouTube channel. Just subscribed… Keep posting such awesomeness… Will try today.5 stars

    1. thank you Deeksha. yes planning to add new recipe videos as well as old recipe videos on youtube channel. thanks again.

    1. avoid pineapple. it can make the custard bitter. water melon also don’t add. you can add apple and oranges.

  7. Hi.. I am a huge fan of ur website and i have tried most of ur recipies which worked out awsome…. Well, i have tried this custard for many a times and since i use vanilla flavoured custard( which was gifted by my relative and i am not a fan of vanilla flavour) is there anything which i could reduce the flavour of vanilla in cusard?

    1. anusha, then you just make a simple custard following this recipe. don’t use custard powder, but replace it with corn flour (corn starch). then add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, depending on how less or strong you want its aroma and flavour. or else reduce the custard powder, but in this case the custard will be slightly thin.

  8. Hi…for the custard receipe if i have to serve in small bowls (say 75ml) for about 50 people then how do i assess the quantity, would 6 fold the quantity be sufficient. Apologies but just unsure and its for an event hence asking.

    1. PY, this recipe will serve 6 to 7 small dessert bowls. so for 50 people, just increase the recipe ingredients 9 or 10 times proportionally.

      no issues. you can ask queries.

  9. Yummy… but I wanna ask you something that is. . Can I make it with custard and milk cream..??4 stars

    1. you mean custard powder or milk cream or ready custard and milk cream.

  10. this is really yummy i like the way u made, can u plz tell me if i can make this more great full by adding some cashew nuts n ice cream? plz tell me

    1. while serving you can serve with ice cream. cashews can be added directly in the custard and some you can garnish with while serving.

  11. Hi can you please help me with quantity of ingredients of fruit custard salad for 25 people. Recipe is so simple i want to try it for my daughter’s birthday party as desserts. Waiting for your reply. .

    1. megha, since making custard is very simple, so you can easily increase the proportions. increase the recipe by 8 times. so you will need 20 cups milk, 2.5 cups sugar, 1 cup custard powder, 1.5 cups milk for dissolving custard powder and 14 to 16 cups chopped mix fruits.

  12. Lovely recipe, have made it numerous times, using low fat milk mostly as that is what I have on hand. I am sur you guys have heard this many time but would like to repeat , your site is outstanding. I recently made veg kadhai and used the dry masala in the recipe to make amazing, if I may say so myself chicken curry:)

    1. pleased to know this anu and thankyou for your kind and loving words πŸ™‚

  13. Thank u very much for such an easy recipe.

    Can you just post the recipe for home made noodles with wheat flour without egg.5 stars

    1. you are welcome jayalakshmi πŸ™‚ have taken your request for eggless wheat flour noodles.

  14. Hi…
    I tried fruit custard
    But its get thicker.
    Can I make it thinner again that same cm fruit custard ???

    Awaiting for reply

    1. yes you can. just add some hot water to the custard and blend in a mixie or with an immersion blender. i hope you have not added fruits to the custard.

  15. Thanku u soo much for ur recipes it was great your ideas make my work easy thnkuu soo much

    1. welcome alwaya rabiya thankyou for your kind words and you are always welcome.

  16. Hey it was really grt recipe the taste was very gud d only prblm i faced was that it was not thik enough i tried it two times both the time it was d same prblm i even let the milk burn till its half of its orignal quantity bt my prblm was still same plz suggest me what should i do n also my mistake if had
    Thank u4 stars

    1. thanks airashi. just increase the quantity of custard powder to 3 or 4 tbsp for the amount of milk mentioned in the recipe. the custard will become thick.

    1. esha you would have to cook more for thicker consistency hope this help’s you.

  17. Hello Madam,
    I enjoyed cooking this recipe. Infact, I’ve tried several items from your list, gaining so much appreciation from my family.
    Thank you for making it easy for so many of us.
    Also, a small request to mention, many of us would love to have Non-Vegetarian Food Recipes from you. So that we aren’t fetching for other sites over Non Veg Items.
    Thank you once again.
    You connect people, you connect families.
    Wish you all the best.
    Keep up the good work.

    Manasi πŸ™‚5 stars

    1. very pleased to know this manasi thankyou for your kinda and encouraging words i am touched πŸ™‚ god bless you. as far as non-veg goes it’s not possible as we are pure vegetarians but you could request an veg recipe and thankyou once again.

  18. Your recipies just help me everytime to get my things done easily . .n simpilfies all hard work

  19. Omg..! Amazing , awesome recipes . Me and my fmly loved ur all recipes
    . Specially we loved paneer recipes and desserts. Jst fantabulous……

  20. Hi dassana di, I love your blog
    The custard u made was so loose and didn’t thicken, can u to me why is that?5 stars

    1. just increase the quantity of custard powder and the custard will become thick. as you see in the pics, the custard is not thin. depends on the quality of custard powder.

  21. Hi dasanna Amit I love all ur recpies,pls can u tell how make custard cakes……~3 stars

    1. thanks priyanka for sharing positive feedback. i have noted down the recipe request.

  22. hi dassana just wanted to request u to please upload the pictorial depiction of thi
    s recipe:-)

  23. Hi dassana!!
    I love your blog and really appreciate all the efforts you put in to bring us these delicious and wholesome recipes.
    Your write ups are a delight to read and make me feel connected, thanks for sharing a slice of your memories with us πŸ™‚
    I love fruit custard.. My mom is a fantastic cook and this was one of our favourite family desserts.. Your recipe has made me nostalgic and brought to mind so many happy childhood memories!!!
    Thank you for sharing.. Take care :*

    1. welcome natasha. felt good reading your comment. thanks for sharing your experience.

    1. just increase all the ingredients proportionately. increase 15 times. will serve about 45 to 50 servings.

  24. Hey dassana … My husband love fruit custard and he always ask to made this but we r five member in our family can u plz suggest me what will be the quantity medium for my family .. If it is possible4 stars

  25. Hi, dassana how r u ? I Prepared fruit custard from this recipe on my mother in law’s anniversary and it was awesome I got a lot of appreciation from all my inlaws. Thanks a lot.5 stars

    1. i am fine swati. thanks for the feedback. feels nice to know that you got appreciated from your in laws. means a lot.. i can understand.

  26. I prepared fruit custard from this recipe and it was awesome. I got alot of appreciation from all.4 stars

  27. Hi dassana. How are you? I just loved this recipe and going to try it on my birthday party but the problem is there will be approximately 12 people and I am not so good with the quantity. So please can you give me the list of the ingredients fulfilling 12 servings requirement??? Please please please.

    1. hi rajashri. i am good. wish you the same and an advanced happy birthday. this recipe can be doubled as well as tripled. for the sugar, you add as per your taste. for 12 medium bowl servings, you will need.

      10 cups almond milk or regular milk
      20 to 24 tbsp organic powdered jaggery or organic unrefined cane sugar, add as required
      8 tbsp eggless vanilla custard powder
      12 tbsp almond milk or regular milk taken from the above 10 cups
      6 or 8 cups chopped mixed seasonal fruits

  28. Hi..I love all your recipes..its a big hit in my family!just wanted to know what is almond milk?I mean you make it @home or where can i get it from?I live in dubai.Thank you once again for such lovely recipes:)

  29. its really very happy to know about the receipe of the custurd my 1yr baby really love this fruit custurd i made this of every day of my fasting month of ramadan… and my family really love it.
    thanks for share this receipe…2 stars

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    1. thanks juhi. glad to know that this site is helpful in your cooking journey. keep on trying and exploring more recipes.

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  32. Hi dassana πŸ™‚

    Can i try this recipe with Soy milk…??? Will it taste good???

    1. you can try ramya. but the custard will have the soy milk taste & flavor. if thats ok with you, then you can make it with soy milk. but i would still suggest to make the custard with almond milk as its really good both in taste as well as texture. plus also good for the health.

  33. Hello, this looks so delicious! Where can I get eggless custard powder? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    1. generally custard powders are eggless. but some manufacturers do add eggs in it. so when buying just check the contents of the powder or see if there is the green vegetarian sign on the packet.