Custard ma hal ~ Custard with Cardamom and Rose Water

4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons custard powder (commercial)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons rose water
ground pistachios and glace cherries for decoration
Put milk, sugar and cardamom into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat and taste for sweetness. Mix the custard powder with a little water to make a smooth thin paste and carefully stir it, little by little, into the milk mixture, whisking continuously. Continue stirring until the custard is smooth.
Remove from heat and add rose water. Return to the stove and place over a very low heat to simmer gently for two to three minutes. Pour into small bowles, or a large bowl, garnish with nuts and cherries and chill until ready to eat.

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