February 27th, 2010

Eggless Chocolate Custard

Eggless Chocolate Custard

My aunt Anita makes an awesome chocolate pudding. Every summer during our annual school vacation we visited our grandparents in Bangalore. A visit to Anithatte’s house was always on the cards too and more often than not we would be greeted with this wonderful chocolate concoction after a sumptuous lunch. When I saw this recipe online and translated it into English using the google translator, I was immediately transported into my childhood and vivid memories of sitting with a bowl of “chocolate delight” with my cousin Amrita formed in my mind.

I looked through my recipe files since I remembered having jotted down this recipe when I visted Anithatte for lunch, some years ago, and found a page, yellow at the edges, mellow with age. My aunt’s recipe was a tad more tedious than the online version and involved cooking the chocolate milk mixture over a double boiler.

I was pleasantly surprised to note that this international version had no eggs which made it acceptable to my style of cooking. This makes for such a wonderful dessert. And who doesnt like chocolate? The ingredients are few and can be easily found in most homes.  And it is also easy to put together.

When I made this for my family, I had everyone asking for seconds and each bowl was scraped clean. With a little planning and preparation, this simple dessert is sure to win the hearts of those who try it.

Eggless Chocolate Custard Recipe

Adapted from food & cook.

You can vary the milk and cream ratio in this recipe. Use 50% milk and 50% cream for a creamier version. This recipe is adapted from here.


500 ml (2 cups) milk
200 ml (3/4 cup) fresh cream  (I used 25% fat fresh cream)
100 gm (1/2 cup) sugar
30 gm (1/4 cup heaped) cocoa powder
30 gm (1/4 cup) cornflour or cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
Extra cocoa powder for sprinkling


In a saucepan, mix the milk and cream together. Take 1/2 a cup of this mixture in a small bowl and mix in the sugar, cornflour and cocoa powder to make a smooth paste and keep aside.

Heat the remaining milk in the saucepan over a medium flame. When it comes to a boil, lower the flame and stir in the cocoa/cornflour/milk mixture and cook until thick and creamy. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour into ramekin bowls or cups. When the custard comes to room temperature or cools down,  chill in the refrigerator for atleast 3 hours before serving. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving.

Serves 6

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  1. Simi says:

    Gorgeous pictures as ever! So Yummy!!!!!
    I don’t clearly remember the choc dessert, but definitely remember Anitatte’s warm hospitality, the grt spread and yum food (my mouth waters 🙁 ) ! Am going to e-mail this to Anitatte and S. V. Bhava 🙂

  2. Parita says:

    This sounds so easy, gorgeous clicks!

  3. Ramya says:

    That looks wonderful. Am surely going to try it.

  4. zurin says:

    I am making this…I too try as much as possible to make puddings without eggs and are yet delicious…so this is somehting ive been looking for TQ…

  5. Anjali says:

    I just made this. It tastes great and is so easy to make!
    There was no mention of when to add the sugar so I threw it in along with the cornflour/cocoa/milk mixture.
    Love the blog too! 🙂

  6. El says:

    I can definitely see why people were asking for seconds. It looks amazing.

  7. Anushruti says:

    I’m sure everyone will enjoy making, eating and serving this dessert. 🙂 Its sheer joy!

    Anjali: Thank you for pointing out the omitted step. I have made the required addition. I’m glad you liked this custard.

  8. Meeta says:

    ummm!chocolate always catches my attention – and this? i want one! looks divine!

  9. Jayasree says:

    Looks divine..Gorgeous clicks.

  10. Preethi says:

    Oh so awesome as ever. Tanya is going to love this…. Yum!

  11. Anushruti says:

    Preethi: I’m sure tanya will love this. 🙂 Let me know the details.

  12. Jamie says:

    I’m always surprised when someone can turn something eggless or gluten-free or whatever and still have it look and taste perfect and rich and gooey and yummy! This chocolate pudding looks too fabulous and delicious! And I’m amazed it was done with no eggs! Beautiful pudding!

  13. wana yusuf says:

    so yummy and easy… I really want to try this!!

  14. Pallavi says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    I love your blog and tried few recipes n they turned out awesome.

    But I tried to make this pudding over the weekend and it didnt work out. I left it in the fridge for 24 hrs, but it still didnt set. The only thing that I did different was I added a spoon of brown sugar as I ran out of white sugar. Would that have been the reason?


  15. Anushruti says:

    Pallavi: I’m glad you like divinetaste. This pudding is a soft set pudding. I havent tried this with brown sugar but since brown sugar is more acidic than white it could alter the texture. I can’t give you an exact answer since I have not tried this with brown sugar. Try it with white sugar and if the problem persists do let me know. Thanks.

  16. Nithya says:

    Wow.. this looks damn yummy. I love chocolates and I craving for this 🙂

  17. CK says:

    I met your sister on a train yesterday and she told me all about your blog. I’m really excited to have found such a wealth of delicious recipes. This one looks so good, I can’t wait to try it!

  18. Dhanu says:

    I made this..pretty easy..came out perfect..thanks a lot for the eggless recipe…

  19. Anushruti says:

    CK: How exciting to meet you!

    Dhanu: I’m glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for reporting your success in making it.

  20. Nivedita says:

    I have always loved custards from my childhood , but i always go for the custard mix in the stores.
    This was just so simple and easy to make , loved it.
    Wonderful blog and beautiful pictures !!!!!!!!

  21. Anushruti says:

    Nivedita: Thank you. I’m glad you liked this simple yet decadent dessert.

  22. Pratiba says:

    Hey i tried this. It came out proper 🙂 I was surprised at myself 🙂

  23. Anushruti says:

    Pratiba: Hey I’m glad this worked for you. It is simple to make and is a winner always!

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  25. Sannidhi says:

    I tried this one 🙂 It turned out to be amazing,more than my expectation.It tastes exactly like my favorite chocolate mousse of sweet chariot.
    Thank you!

  26. Vidhya says:

    Hi, This recipe looks yummy and simple. I plan to make this 24 hours before the party. Will the custard still keep or will it become too thick?

  27. Anushruti says:

    Vidhya: You can make it a day in advance. The custard will remain the same so don’t worry!

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  29. Varsha says:

    Hi Anushruti… I tried this yummy dessert from ur blog and it was just too yummy. Thanks for a fab recipe. You have an amazing space.

  30. Anushruti says:

    Varsha: So happy you enjoyed it.

  31. Sarah says:

    Hi! i was looking for a chocolate pudding recipe online yesterday and came across your blog. the pictures looked divine! and the recipe looked simple so gave it a go. it turned out amazing, can’t wait for hubby to try some 🙂 next time will try with strawberries! thanks for this gorgeous recipe, it is def going in my recipe book!

  32. Anushruti says:

    Sarah: Glad this worked for you. Happy cooking!

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  34. Shruti says:

    Tried this quick and easy recipe. Everyone enjoyed and appreciated the dish.

  35. Anushruti says:

    Shruti: Yes you are right…this is so quick, easy and truly enjoyable!

  36. Harsha says:

    Hi , I made this yesterday for small batch. (30 ppl) , thank you so much for quick recipe. it was quick to make for 30 ppl and also everybody loved it. 🙂

  37. Sahana says:

    Excellent reipie! I made this last night when doing an Internet search for eggless Choco pudding. It turned out fantastic.! Thank you for sharing…..will be making it tomorrow night gain for our dinner guests!! Am not one to make good desserts really but super excited to end the meal tomorrow!! 🙂

  38. Anushruti says:

    Sahana: So glad to be of help to you! Hope your guests enjoyed it too.

  39. srividhya says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe,,,i have some vegetarian guests coming over this thursday..and iam going to present them with choco pudding for dessert..iam sure they are going to love it !!!

  40. chris says:

    I have been looking for something just like this for my cherry choclate trifle,instead of the traditional one we always have for christmas day, my mouth watering as i tipe.

  41. Tanya says:

    it says 1/2 cup of the milk and cream is taken. what is done with the left half?

  42. Anushruti says:

    Tanya: You heat the remaining half and proceed as per the recipe.

  43. veena says:

    Tried this today and it was so delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
    I have blogged about it here

  44. Devi says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    That looks absolutely yummy, and v simple too! Have you used sweetened cocoa powder or the unsweetened one?

  45. Anushruti says:

    devi: Unsweetened cocoa powder.

  46. NSJ says:

    Hey Anu,
    I tried this today and it came out perfect!! Set very well and was super tasty and easy to make!! My girls are going to love it! Thanks very much for another winner 🙂

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  48. Poonam says:

    Divine pics Anu .
    I want to make dis, can I use vanilla custard powder instead
    Corn flr ?
    Pls reply

  49. Anushruti says:

    Poonam: I think you can. I usually make it with cornflour.

  50. anju saini says:

    It was so delicious. I’ll want to tried again.

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  52. Piya says:

    Do we have to take boiled milk or unboiled milk to mix with fresh cream??

  53. Pooja says:

    Hi Anushruti..the other day I made chocolate cake using ur recipe..there was some chocolate icing left so I coated some small glasses wid it n left it in the fridge..even forgot about it..after a few days I made vanilla custard n suddenly remembered about the chocolate lined glasses..so I filled it up wid the hot custard..my sister just happened to be hovering around n she whisked d glass away..after having a spoon full she just didn’t stop n so did my brother in law..the chocolate icing n hot custard recipe became an instant hit wid my family..so I thougth it would only be fair to thank you as well..the chocolate icing is versatile n can be used warm or cold both..tried !! Tested!! N happy !!

  54. Himani says:

    Hi Anushruti, tried this pudding. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious. It was a huge hit with the guests. Thanks for another awesome recipe. I was wondering whether this pudding can be used as a filling between cakes and if so are there any changes that I need to make? Also tried your butterscotch pudding and vanilla bean pudding . Both were successful. Can the butterscotch pudding be made without agar agar? I still have problems using agar agar. It is a hit sometimes and a miss sometimes. It would be really helpful if you could post a tutorial on how to use agar agar in vegetarian desserts and cheesecakes.

  55. Himani says:

    Hi Anushruti, another fabulous and hit recipe from you. It was very easy to make and was a huge hit with the guests. I was wondering whether this pudding can be used as a filling between cakes and if so what are the changes that you would recommend? Also tried your butterscotch pudding and vanilla bean pudding. Both came out well. Though am still not confident about agar agar based desserts. They sometimes are a hit and sometimes a miss. It would be really helpful if you could post a tutorial on how to use agar agar in vegetarian desserts and cheesecakes. Can the butterscotch pudding be made without agar agar? Also can the butterscotch and vanilla bean pudding be used as a filling between cakes?

  56. Anushruti says:

    Pooja- That’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Anushruti says:

    Himani- You can serve this custard alongside a cake but I’m not sure if this can be used for filling or icing the cake. Will try and post a butterscotch pudding with cornflour soon. For tips to use agar agar, read my mango cheesecake post.

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  59. Sivani says:

    My fiancé made this as a surprise dessert for me.
    He is someone who never steps foot into the kitchen, let alone cook!
    Needless to say I was really touched and of course it turned out to be really nice.
    A must try recipe for sure.

  60. Anushruti says:

    Piya- Boiled is always better.

  61. Anushruti says:

    Sivani: Thank you so much for the feedback! It’s really wonderful for your fiance to have created such good memories for you.

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