5tablespoonssugar(you can use 5 to 6 tablespoon jaggery if using almond milk)
3tablespoonsmilk,warm or at room temperature
1.5 to 2cupschopped fruits
making custard sauce
Take 2.5 cups milk in a thick bottomed pan or sauce pan 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 tbsp warm milk. You can take the 3 tbsp warm milk from the milk which is getting heated up or warm 3 tbsp milk separately in a microwave oven or on the stove top. Add 3 tbsp custard powder.
With a whisk stir very well to make a smooth paste without any lumps.
When the milk has come to a gentle heat, add 5 tbsp sugar. Stir very well so that the sugar dissolves.
Keep the flame on a low and then add the custard paste in parts.
As soon as you add the custard mixture, stir quickly so that lumps are not formed. Finish of 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 flame.
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.
Serve fruit custard garnished with some more fruits and pomegranate arils.
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 and melons.
If making vegan fruit custard
Warm the 2.5 cups almond milk. Just lightly warm the milk. Don't over heat it.
Now take 3 tbsp milk from the warmed almond milk and make a smooth paste with the custard powder.
Make sure there are no lumps and keep aside.
Add sugar to the warmed almond milk. Stir till the sugar dissolves.
Then add the custard paste to the warmed almond milk.
Keep on a low flame and keep on stirring till the milk begins to thicken.
You have to stir continuously as to avoid forming lumps in the custard.
The custard will start thickening. Avoid making to a thick consistency, as on cooling the consistency thickens more.
Switch off the flame and allow the custard to cool or refrigerate.