Custard Apple cream or Indian Sitaphal cream…
Sitaphal cream is the Hindi word for Custard apple cream. Custard apple is a sweet and delicious fruit that grows on small trees, it has creamy flesh, and it’s really good for your immune system! It’s also an excellent source of iron, it’s good for your brain, and your vision!
The fruit is native to Mexico, Peru, India, Central America, and Lebanon. There are many black seeds inside it, but these can be easily removed. It’s actually one of my favourite fruits as I love the texture of the creamy flesh and how naturally sweet is it, it’s also suitable for toddlers 9+ months old (My 1-year-old niece LOVES this!)
You only need 2 ingredients to make this, custard apples and plain yogurt (you can use plant based yogurt if you prefer)! How simple is that? You can of course add a bit of sugar for sweetness, but the custard apples are naturally sweet so I never add any sweeteners to this dessert.
The traditional Indian recipe calls for custard apples and heavy cream, but to make this healthier I use plain yogurt instead. It turns out lighter and guilt free!
HOW TO MAKE SITAPHAL CREAM
Take out the flesh and get rid of the seeds, collect the pulp then transfer to a food processor or mix very well in a bowl with the yogurt. For 1 huge custard apple, add 1 cup of plain yogurt, pulse until soft and creamy. I like to garnish the dessert with some saffron strands but this is optional. Chill or serve immediately.
For a vegan option, you can use cashew cream instead of yogurt or vegan yogurt of course.
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Custard Apple Cream
- 1 custard apple
- 250 grams yogurt
- 1/8 tsp saffron
- Take out the flesh and get rid off the seeds.
- Collect the pulp then transfer to a food processor or mix very well in a bowl with the yogurt.
- If using a food processor, pulse until soft and creamy.
- Garnish with Saffron strands.
- Chill or serve immediately.