For the stew
Soak the apricots in 1 cup of hot water for approx. 3 to 4 hours.
Deseed and add all the other ingredients and allow the water to come to a boil.
Simmer over medium flame for 5 minutes, till the apricots are soft and syrupy.
For the vanilla custard
Mix the custard powder in ¼ cup milk and keep aside.
Boil the remaining milk with the sugar, add the custard powder mixture and cook over a slow flame till the custard coats the back of a spoon.
Cool and keep aside.
How to proceed
Place half the stewed apricots in a serving bowl and pour half the chilled custard over the apricots.
Repeat to make another serving.
Serve garnished with the walnuts.