Goan Fruit Salad

14 Nov

The Goan Fruit Salad Recipe is made with Custard and fresh fruits. The 3 popular fruits used in this recipe were apples, oranges and grapes, bananas were optional as they turned black and made the custard a little mushy. Just like the Goan Bread Pudding (recipe here), the Fruit Salad is a must have on the dessert table. Goan’s celebrate aΒ  Sunday Lunch more than a dinner. A large population of Goan’s are Catholics and most are very involved with the local churches. It is normal for people to be in church on Sunday mornings and then go back home to cook a great meal for the family.


The basic custard which is a lovely pastel yellow color, is made with a store-bought Custard mixture. It is a mixture of cornstarch, vanilla essence and yellow food color. Here in the US I have only seen them at Asian markets, so I made the same recipe with ingredients that are available at the local grocery stores. Corn starch/flour makes for a smooth custard without the use of eggs.

This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the milk and heavy cream with almond or soy milk. It is vegetarian as no eggs are used to make the custard. You can also use it to make a healthier version of the popular Creme Brulee.

custard-fruit-salad-goan-corn-starch-flour-indian-recipeAs time has passed there are a couple of variations to the recipe in terms of the type of fruits you can add. Dried fruits and toasted cashews, almonds or walnuts can be added. Papayas, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple can be added as well. I also add crushed cookies or frosted corn flakes for an added crunch on top.

Servings: 8-10


3 cups of low-fat or whole milk

1 cup of heavy whipping cream (optional if you want to cut the fat)

1/2 cup of sugar (If you like it sweeter add another 1/2 cup more)

12 drops of yellow food color

1 tsp of vanilla essence

4 tbsp of corn starch

4 tbsp of cold water

pinch of salt

1 cup of diced apples

1 cup of halved green/red grapes

3-4 medium-sized oranges


Mix the milk and heavy cream together in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add sugar, salt, vanilla essence and stir till the sugar is dissolved.

Next add the food color and stir. In a small mixing bowl stir the corn starch and water together till a smooth mixture. Add it to the hot milk and stir till the mixture thickens about 7 to 10 minutes on medium heat.

Take off heat and let cool.

custard-fruit-salad-goan-corn-starch-cocktail-recipeOnce cool, mix the chopped fruits and the custard together, chilli in the refrigerator for 2-4 hour and enjoy with crushed nuts, crumbled sugar cookies or frosted flakes for a nice crunch.

custard-fruit-salad-ingredients-goan-corn-starch-crumbled-cookies-flourThis fruit salad recipe is great for the holiday seasons as it can be prepared a day ahead. You can replace the fresh fruits with the canned fruit cocktail. I made the fruit salad for my 4-year-old son’s birthday and it was a hit with the small kids.


42 Responses to “Goan Fruit Salad”

  1. misstwentyish November 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    This looks delicious!

    • Nandini November 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thank you so much :-). It’s a very creamy dessert.

  2. Jueseppi B. November 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegroβ„’.

    • Nandini November 14, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thank You Jueseppi for the reblog. That is really kind of you πŸ™‚

  3. writersdream9 November 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Being a vegan, I appreciate your pointing out how to convert the recipe. Your instructions are as clear as a bell!

    • Nandini November 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      Awww…Thank you Carol for your kind words. I appreciate you reading the details πŸ™‚

  4. yummyinsidemytummy November 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm #


  5. Maccabros November 15, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    Oh yeah… πŸ™‚ !

  6. deutschtrailers November 15, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….❀❀❀

  7. ohtogoawandering November 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    This looks so yummy! Sunday is definitely an excuse for pudding… πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      I sure agree :-). It’s a guilt free day.

  8. davegon November 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Now this looks awesome! This is similar to the kind of fruit salad we would make while I was growing up.

    • Nandini November 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

      Thank You Dave. I too ate a lot of it growing up.

  9. Turquoise Compass November 16, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    So much culture here in the blog and explained through food. What an amazing concept!
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Nandini November 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      Thank You Jessica, appreciate your kind words very much πŸ™‚

  10. Good Food Everyday November 16, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Love the look of that :)))

    • Nandini November 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      Thank You Lea πŸ™‚

  11. 50djohnson November 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    This sounds so yummy. Just wanted you to know I don’t remember how many times I have made the toasted cashew coconut nondoons. My husband loves them. They are so tasty and so healthy!!! Thank you for following ne and reading. come back when you can stay awhile !

    • Nandini November 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      Debbie, I am so happy to hear that and I truly appreciate your sweet note :-).

      • 50djohnson November 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

        I think it’s important to tell people when we have the ability to encourage!! πŸ™‚

  12. healthifiedplate November 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    That is really looking beautiful..I didn’t knew it can be made with cornflour..Thanks for healthy version too πŸ™‚

    • Nandini November 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Thank you so much Khamar. Yes you can use cornflour it makes the custard very creamy πŸ™‚

  13. trkingmomoe November 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    That does look good. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini November 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  14. Antonio Caggiano November 19, 2014 at 3:18 am #

    Hi Nandini πŸ™‚ Really sorry for my long absence but I am pretty busy lately. Trying to care more for my food blog again. Thanks ever for your visits which I do appreciate.. Have a great day.

    • Nandini November 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      That is awesome Antonio wishing you much success.

  15. Joanne Louzado November 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Hello fellow Goankar πŸ™‚ I just realized how long it’s been since my mom made this…!!! Deo bore koru ^^

    • Nandini November 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Joanne, nice to meet another Goankar πŸ™‚

  16. jmsabbagh November 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi Nandini,you have a unique blog.Thank you for visiting my blog.Looking forward to read your new pots.Best wishes.

    • Nandini November 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi Jalal thank you for your kind words.

  17. suma @ ajjimanemixes December 1, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    This looks delicious Nandini! My husband craves desserts after dinner every night! I think he will love it

    • Nandini December 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      Thanks Much Suma. I too hope your husband will enjoy it.

  18. barbaraarenburg December 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Yum! Custard! My comfort food. This looks amazing!

  19. madeauxb December 18, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Tried the fruit salad recipe and found it to be easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Thanks for sharing

    • Nandini December 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      That is awesome to know πŸ™‚


  1. Chicken Manchurian a Indo-Chinese Recipe | Goan Imports - March 13, 2015

    […] Serve nice and hot with rice, noodles or zoodles.Β  You can check out more recipes with Corn Starch here. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: