Fruit Salad Family Recipe ~ Tribute by Manisha Lohia

by on March 11, 2011

This recipe of Traditional fruit salad is shared by Manisha Lohia, daughter of Champa Kanoria.
Also read our interview with Champaji & Sri Hariprasad Kanoria on this blog.


Jigyasa & Pratibha: Manisha, our first question to you is one that you are ardent about – Motherhood. Tell us about your mom.
Manisha: Mathru Devo Bhava. Motherhood – living up to the demands of children is a Herculean task and that too FIVE of us. I think my mother has played a tremendous role in shaping each one of our lives and has prioritized being a mother over every other role of hers. She has proven to all of us that a mother does not have to be a CEO at home, rather, she just has to be…and thereby let her children be.


J&P: Tell us briefly what your parents represent for you?
Manisha: Together, Papa & she have been like an umbrella under whose shade we have felt safe and happy, growing without inhibitions. Perhaps I can say that they have been a Godly example and this is a rich legacy we carry with us.


J&P: Manisha, congratulations on your parents celebration today. What is your tribute recipe?
Manisha: Today, the 10th of March 2011, as they complete their golden years of marriage, I would love to pay a tribute to them on your site – aptly named “whose food we eat, their song we sing” – with the ‘Traditional Fruit Salad’. This is a recipe which is my mother’s specialty and one that Papa (and all of us) have relished through our growing years and even now.
Papa & Mummy, on this lovely day, I pray that may we see many more decades of your togetherness!


Manisha Lohia says: The Traditional Fruit Salad, which I learnt from my mother Champa Kanoria, is a recipe of taste & high nutritive value. This is different from the more popular fruit custard because here the milk is boiled and thickened to a custard-like consistency. Thus the flavour is more natural and the taste is enhanced with the goodness of cardamom and saffron. It is a light and low calorie desert which could be eaten at the end of a meal, preferrably after dinner during the warmer months.


Traditonal Fruit Salad


  • Milk 1½ Litres
  • Organic Sugar 4 tbsps
  • Saffron 7-8 strands
  • Rose water 1 tsp
  • Cardamom powder 1 tsp
  • Almonds 10 pieces
  • Apple – 1, large
  • Bananas – 2, large & ripe
  • Pomegranate – ½
  • Mango – 1, large
  • Seedless grapes – 8-10


  1. Boil the milk over low flame for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently till the milk thickens and reduces to half the quantity . Allow to cool. Add the sugar & blend using a hand mixer or churner.
  2. Soak the almonds for 30 minutes & peel & chop into slivers.
  3. Add a few strands of saffron in rose water and wait for the colour to set in.
  4. Peel and chop the fruits into small pieces (halving the grapes & de-seeding the pomegranate).
  5. Transfer the milk in a large serving bowl, add the rose water & cardamom powder. Allow to chill in the refrigerator.
  6. Add the chopped fruits to the cooled milk mixture. Decorate with almond slivers & remaining saffron strands.


    Serve chilled.

Tip: Custard apple is a tasty substitute instead of mango.

Photo by Manasvi


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