Indian Fruit Custard | Fruit Salad

Indian fruit custard or fruit salad is a simple dessert made with just three ingredients. A smooth and creamy custard sauce can be made easily in the instant pot or stovetop and then served with seasonal fruits of your choice.

This is an eggless custard recipe made using custard powder unlike the other type of custard that uses eggs.

Fruit custard can be made effortlessly for parties, potlucks or any occasion and is a crowd pleaser dessert.

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Custard ingredients

This is an Indian eggless custard recipe and made with mainly 3 ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Custard powder

Custard powder comes in many flavors such as plain vanilla, mango, strawberry etc. and you can use any flavor of your choice. In this fruit salad recipe, I have used vanilla flavored custard powder.

What fruits can be added to custard?

You can top the custard with seasonal fruits of your choice. Apple, banana, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, mango and pomegranate go well with custard fruit salad.

Citrus fruits must be avoided as they can spoil the custard and make it taste bitter.

Where to buy custard powder?

Custard powder is available in most of the grocery stores, super market or online. I personally like to use Brown and Polson custard powder and had great success with Bird’s custard powder too.

How to make custard with custard powder?

Making custard at home is an easy two-step process. Just make a mixture of custard powder and cold milk and add it to boiling milk. Cook it for a few minutes until it thickens to a custard sauce consistency.

There are various flavors of custard powder available like vanilla, strawberry, mango but personally, I go with the vanilla flavor.

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Custard sauce can be made on the stovetop or in the instant pot. Cooking in instant pot is easy as you do not need to monitor when the milk is boiling.

How to make custard in instant pot?

To make custard in the instant pot, pour milk in the container and press yogurt mode until it shows boil. Close and lock the lid.

In the mean time make a mixture of custard powder and some milk (must be cold). Mix it well with a whisk to ensure there are no lumps.

Once the milk is boiled, the instant pot will show “yogt” on the display. Open the lid and press cancel followed by pressing sauté mode on the normal setting. Add the sugar, custard powder, and milk mixture and stir it.

The custard will start to thicken, cook for a few minutes until it is of desired consistency. You don’t want it to be too thick as it will harden further once it is chilled in the refrigerator.


Once it thickens, press cancel and remove the container from the instant pot to stop cooking it further. Allow it to cool down before refrigerating.

How to make custard on stovetop?

In a heavy bottom saucepan, boil the milk and sugar on medium high heat. You will need to monitor it to avoid any spillage. Also, scrape the bottom intermittently to avoid milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Make the custard mixture by mixing some cold milk and custard powder. Mix it well with the help of a whisk to ensure there are no lumps.

Once milk is boiled, lower the heat to medium and add the custard mixture to the boiling milk. To make a perfect custard, continue stirring the custard sauce and scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid it from sticking.

How to make custard without custard powder?

Cornstarch and a flavoring like vanilla are the main custard powder ingredients. You can easily make custard at home from scratch without using custard powder by using cornstarch instead and some vanilla extract.

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How to make fruit custard?

Chill the custard for at least 2-3 hours in the fridge and let it harden further. Once the custard is chilled, whisk it to make a smooth custard sauce and top it with your favorite fruits.

How to eat custard?

Custard tastes best when served chilled but it can be served at room temperature too. You can add fruits like grapes, pomegranate, strawberries, apples, blueberries, banana, mango or even candied fruit like tutti frutti. However, do not add any citrus fruits.

How long can you store custard in fridge?

Custard can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. I do not add fruits to the custard while refrigerating but only when serving it. This way the fruits in the fruit salad are fresh while serving.

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