Lab e Shireen – Creamy Fruit Custard

Lab e shireen or creamy fruit custard

Not one to fall for most desi desserts, but this Lab e Shireen just gets me. If this is the first, you are hearing of this, let me fill you in. Lab e Shireen is a Pakistani creamy fruit custard, which has fruits, jelly cubes, cream and colorful vermicelli, all balanced in a sweet custard base. To put it simply its the Pakistani version of a trifle! (except that we mix everything together like savages ok?)

I laaaaavve how light and refreshing this dessert feels. Just like a good ol’ bowl of chilled Rasmalai. I mean, I am equally crazy for the more indulgent desi desserts like, gajar ka halwa, or shahi tukrey, but some days, you just need a nice airy light creamy dessert. oh and its also budget friendly! so win win!

The recipe is pretttttty straight forward, all the elements are prepared separately and then dumped in together to create something delicious! Let me walk you through this.

lab e shireen or creamy fruit custard

A quick step by step to make Lab e Shireen

Components of the dessert:

  • A custard base
  • Jelly
  • Colored Vermicelli
  • Cream
  • Cut up fruits.

All the components are prepared and kept in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours and then taken out to assemble.

Making the Custard Base

Custard base in a saucepan for lab e shireen

So with the custard for this dessert, you want to have like a nice smooth consistency and not a firmly set custard because this dessert has a more creamy consistency than a set one.

So I prepared the custard normally like I do, following the instructions on the packet. The only change I make is that I add all the sugar for the dessert in the custard itself.

It then goes in the fridge 2 hours. After I took it out, I used a hand blender to blend it out. This did make the custard a little thin but that’s OK, that’s what we want.

Prep the Jelly

Orange and cherry flavored jelly set in 2 rectangular plastic containers

This was also prepared according to the instructions on the packet. For one pack of jelly, most packets read 1 cup of water. But I’d suggest 3/4 cup of water. This way your jelly won’t be very soft and will sit well in your dessert without leaching any water out.

TIP: Use a large container to set jelly rather than a smaller one. The larger container will give you nice smaller thinner cubes.

Vermicelli

colored dry vermicelli for Lab e shireen

For the vermicelli I used the colored ones, but you can use the normal brown vermicelli as well. Just boil it in plain water since our custard has taken care of all the sweetness. Boil it for atleast 10 mins. Strain the water and dump the boiled vermicelli noodles into cold milk. Keep this in the fridge to cool down as well.

Assembling Lab e Shireen

Once all your components are damn right chilled, take out a big mixing bowl. Add in all the elements one by one. Add in the blended custard, then the vermicelli and milk. Mix them together with a whisk. Add in cream and fold it right in.

lab e shireen or fruit cream custard with colored vermicelli

I used bananas and apple as my fruit because I think they go universally well with all kinds of fruit desserts.

Once everything is mixed, dish it out in your serving glasses or a big serving dish, however you want to serve it. And top it off with some sliced almonds or cream.

It stays perfectly well in the fridge for up to 4 days

top view of 3 bowls of lab e shireen also know as pakistani Creamy fruit custard

ALTERNATES, FIXES AND REMIXES – FOR THE PERFECT LAB E SHIREEN

Substitutes.

You can use almond milk instead of regular milk if you are avoiding dairy or are lactose intolerant and skip cream.

Remixes

  • Try using a strawberry base custard instead of the regular vanilla one, that would taste yummm!!
  • You can also use some other fruits that you like or canned fruits would taste great too!
  • While soaking your vermicelli in milk, add 3 tbsp of chia seeds as well! It would go soooo well with all the other ingredients!

FIXES – What to do if one of these things happen?

  • Final mix NOT sweet enough – Add some condense milk in the end
  • Final mix too sweet for you – Add some more fresh unsweetened cream
  • Final mix too thick for you – Add in some milk to thin it out
  • Final mix too thin for you – Add in some heavy whip cream
  • Custard too firmly set in the fridge – Put it in a blender and blend it out

If you don’t plan on consuming it right away, or if you are making it for a party, assemble everything together EXCEPT the fruit. And add the fruit on the day of your event. This way you can even make this dessert 2 to 3 days in advance.

Lab e Shireen – Creamy Fruit Custard

Lab e Shireen - Pakistani fruit custard

Lab e Shireen - Pakistani fruit custard

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

A Pakistani dessert which is a creamy blend of jelly, sweet vermicelli, fruits and custard

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of different flavored jelly
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 tbsp of custard powder
  • 1/2 cup of raw colored vermicelli
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • few drops of vanilla essence
  • 2 cups of any chopped fruits of your choice (apples/bananas) or canned fruits
  • 1 1/4 cup or 300 ml of fresh cream

Instructions

CUSTARD

  1. Mix custard powder in 1/4 cup of milk to form a paste and make sure there are no lumps
  2. In a sauce pan, add sugar, vanilla essence and 2 cups of milk, and the custard powder paste. Simmer at medium to low flame and whisk continuously. When the custard starts to thicken, keep whisking until it becomes nice and thick. Turn off the flame and allow the custard to cool down. Stir from time to time to avoid a top layer from forming on top of the custard.
  3. When the custard comes to room temperature, put it in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours


OTHER COMPONENTS

  1. Follow the instructions on the packet of the jellies to make jelly and set both the jellies in the fridge.
  2. Boil colored vermicelli in water for about 10 mins. Strain the vermicelli and dip it in a bowl of 2 cups of milk. Keep in fridge as well.
  3. When all three components have been in the fridge for at least 2 hours, start assembling.

Assembling.

1. Whisk the custard with hand whisk to make it smooth.

2. Add in smooth cream and fold it into the custard.

3. Add in the milk and colored vermicelli and use a whisk to make a smooth mix.

4. Cut the jellies in small cubes and add to the mix.

5. Add the fruits to the mix.

6. Take out the serving dish, and chill for another hour

7. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve cold.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 389Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 2gSugar: 46gProtein: 7g

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Creamiest most heavenly Lab e Shireen ever 😋🤤

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Hi, can I use normal double cream?