Indians usually go with the readily available commercial brand custard powders while preparing fruit custards at home. It is nothing but vanilla flavored corn starch with yellow food coloring added. The preparation of custard is simple and basically, the custard powder is whisked into a small amount of milk to an uniform consistency and added along with sugar to boiling milk and cooked until it thickens. 2 tbsp. of corn starch + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + yellow food coloring can be substituted for the amount of vanilla flavored custard powder used in the recipe.
Ingredients: (Yield 2 servings)
2 cups milk
2 tbsp. vanilla flavored custard powder
3 tbsp. sugar
1 big sized banana
A handful of cashews
* Pour milk into a preferably a non stick pan or a sturdy sauce pan and heat it on medium flame. When the milk starts to get warm, transfer about 1/4 cup of milk to a small bowl. Continue to heat the milk in the pan, stirring frequently until it starts to boil. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat setting to low.
* Meanwhile, add vanilla flavored custard powder to the saved milk in the bowl and whisk well. Add this and the sugar to the boiling milk in the pan and whisk well. Stir frequently and continue to cook until the mixture thickens and the raw smell of the custard powder leaves.
* Let the custard come to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator to chill.
* Chop banana and apple to fine bits. Chop cashew nuts into small pieces as well. Add them to the chilled custard.
* Serve immediately or within a day.
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