Easy mango custard (without custard powder)

mango custard

Get your spoons ready to dig into the best mango dessert, Mango custard. This eggless custard recipe with imam pasand mangoes is a delicious treat that comes together easily and is welcome in summer. Make it vegan, make it with variations but try it for sure.

Throughout the mango season, we chomped down quite a bit of yummy juicy mangoes. We got them by the tray load and were happy to skip lunch for mango or some mango juice. Mangoes have that effect on us. As the season was slowly coming to a close here in Sydney we were honestly sad, but, hey! that’s when the season starts with Indian mangoes. Isn’t this cool? Now we have the Indian varieties to have.
This week my husband has brought home a few different varieties. We have kesar, bainganapalli and imam pasand. Each of the different flavour profiles and colours of the pulp. So we are making the basic mango custard recipe with the imam pasand mangoes.

What are imam pasand mangoes?

Imam pasand mangoes are the ones that come from Tamilnadu. Otherwise known as himayat, these mangoes are incredibly sweet and smooth. They have no fibrous bits and very thin skin. Though the pulp is lighter in colour, these fairly larger mangoes are perfect for baking, smoothies and sorbets.

Ingredients for this mango custard

Mango custard is a mild-flavoured dessert that is common in the Mango season in Indian households. It doesn’t need many ingredients but is delicious s a chilled dessert. The idea is to make an egg-free custard and flavour it with mango. check out the details and variations to make gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free versions.

Mango : As discussed the mango I have used to make this custard recipe is Imam pasand. YOu can choose Alphonso, Kensington or Thai mangoes too to make this. The colour of the dessert changes based on the colour of the mango pulp. 
Corn flour: this is the thickener used on this dessert to make the egg-free custard. You can use arrowroot powder too instead of cornflour which will also be gluten-free.
Milk: I prefer full cream milk to make the egg-free custard. This gives the necessary creaminess to the dessert. You can choose, soy milk too to cook this and make a vegan version. 
Sweetener: Use sugar or palm sugar to make this dessert. However, I avoid maple syrup as it makes the custard runnier a lot more than the sugar. You can make the custard with stevia for a sugar-free version

Let’s make mango custard

Get the mangoes ready: wash and gently peel the mangoes. Since the peel for the imam pasand mangoes is very thin it is easy. Slice or dice the mango cheeks based on how you like it.  The rest of the mango scrape it into a pulp and set it aside.
Making the custard: mix the corn flour with some milk and set it aside bring the rest of the milk to a slow boil. Stir in the cornflour slurry and sugar (or a sweetener)and whisk thoroughly till it thickens.  Keep gently whisking on so it doesn’t catch the bottom. Let the custard cook. Add the mango pulp and mix it in. Remove from heat, let the custard cool down a bit.
Assembling the mango custard cups: add the sliced or diced to the cup. Spoon in the cooled custard on top. Chill the custard mix. When ready to serve top it with a few pieces of mango and some mint.


Mango custard tart: if you are taking a dessert to share or planning a small get-together you can easily make this mango custard to a fancier tart. To do this, pick up a generic tart shell to start with. Layer the cooked cooled custard into the baked tart shell. Now slice the mango into thin slices and layer on top, or dice it thin and cover the entire custard. Chill this till serving time. To achieve perfection cook a setting custard than a pouring custard.
Layered custard cups: once you make the smooth mango custard spoon some into the tall cups. Once this sets, add a layer of chilled thick mango pulp, now followed by another layer of mango custard. Continue with this till your glass is full and tip it with a mint leaf.
Mango custard trifle bowl: you can make a beautiful mango custard trifle for Christmas dinner. Layer in lady finger cookies dipped in mango juice. Add mangoes and grapes on top of it and spoon in the mango custard. Another lady finger cookie layer similar to the first and keep the layering going till almost the top of the trifle bowl. Make sure it is the custard layer that is on top. Then top it with piped whipped cream. Decorate with sliced mangoes and strawberries and you have a dessert centrepiece ready.

custard mangoes

Mango custard

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
cooling the custard 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Fusion, Indian, Kids choice, Vegetarian
Servings 4 cups


  • saucepan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Whisk
  • mixing bowls and spoons.


For the custrard

  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup mango pulp

For assembling

  • 1 cup mango chopped
  • 4-6 grapes optional
  • 3-4 mint leaves


To make the custard

  • Add about 2 tbsp of milk to the cornflour and gently mix to form a lump-free, slurry.
  • Set this aside.
  • Add the milk to the saucepan nd bring to a gentle boil.
    milk for the custard
  • As the milk stard boiling add the cornflour slurry and whisk gently to mix.
  • Constantly keep mixing the mix to prevent it from catching the bottom of the pan.
  • As the cornflour cooks it will thicken the milk.
  • Now add the mango puree and sugar and mix well.
    chunky mango puree
  • Let this mix simmer for a bit and keep mixing.
    mango custard.
  • Once the custard feels silky to touch or coats the bottom of a spoon without sprding it is ready
  • Remove, cover and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile clean, peel and chop the mango.
  • Wash and slice the grapes too.
  • Layer them in the cups chosed
    fruits for mngo custard.
  • Once the mango custard is cooled, scoop some onto the fruits in the cup.
  • Top with more mango pieces and mint leaves.
  • Chill till ready to serve.
    mango custard
Keyword Indian desserts, mango recipes, pot luck recipes
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Easy mango recipes we have

We have some delightful mango recipes on this blog that have caught on the trend during the mango season. Here are some of the recipes that will be perfect with imam pasand mangoes.

Mango salsa
Basil mango sorbet
Papaya mango jam
Mango lassi

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10 months ago
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This is actually really good, glad I found it! Plan on having next wk in my rv at the beach. It’s simple, yet good.

10 months ago
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thanks for this easy mango dessert without custard powder. awesome and really refreshing

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