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Kesar Fruit and Nut Custard

Kesar Fruit and Nut Custard

I still remember, the first time I tasted this dessert was in Chandni Chowk in Delhi, in a Punjabi Eatery. My Good God, just , just , simply mind blowing . The taste still lingers in my mouth. I am extremely, extremely pleased to share this recipe. I came home and tried this dessert. It was perfect. I have used Canned Fruit Cocktail. Can also use fresh fruits but the original recipe is with canned fruit cocktail, which gives the best taste and best result. Go ahead and prepare this custard. Children will simply love it,a nice chilled treat for SUMMER.


Boiled, cooled milk – 5 cups

Vanilla custard powder – 3 heaped tablespoons

Canned fruit cocktail ( I have used Delmonte brand ) – 1 medium sized tin

Sugar – 1 cup and 2 tablespoons

Saffron – 2 pinches

Blanched,peeled and coarsely powdered almonds – 3 tablespoons

Coarsely powdered cashewnuts – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

To Garnish

Finely chopped cherries – little

Saffron strands – little

Coarsely powdered pistachios – little


Heat a non stick pan. Add 4 cups of boiled milk. Keep on medium flame. Add the saffron. Take a bowl, add the custard powder and the remaining 1 cup of boiled and cooled milk. Whisk well and add it to the milk in the pan. Stir well. Keep the flame on sim. Now the custard mix will thicken. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sugar, cardamom powder, powdered almonds and the cashew. Mix well. Now add the fruit cocktail with the syrup. Mix well. Simmer for 5 minutes. By now the custard would have thickened. The consistency has to be like that of the dosa batter. Switch off the stove. Cool well. Pour the mixture in a glass  dish. Garnish. Cover the dish well and put it in the normal fridge compartment. Chill it for at least 10 to 12 hours without disturbing it. Cut and serve.

Chef’s Tips

1) A non stick pan s preferred. Cook the custard on sim flame only.

2) Can also use fresh fruits, like chopped mango, chikku, apple, pineapple, halved seedless black grapes and pomegranate. Cool the custard well before adding the fruits, but the best taste is only using the canned fruit cocktail .

3) Do not freeze the custard.

4) Do not put the glass dish in the freezer.