Indian coconut ice

Indian coconut ice

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins plus 2-3 hrs chilling


Serves 16

This cardamom-scented sweet from reader Preeti Marwah is the perfect fusion of Indian and British recipes, with a coconut base and white chocolate topping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal295
  • fat23g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g


    For the coconut base

    • 4 tbsp ghee or clarified butter, plus extra for greasing



      The Indian version of clarified butter (ie a butter that has had its milk solids removed, making…

    • 100ml milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    • 100ml double cream
    • 6 green cardamom pods
    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • 200g desiccated coconut

    For the topping

    • 200g gluten-free white chocolate
      White chocolate squares, stacked

      White chocolate

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      To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

    • 4 tbsp double cream
    • a few drops of pink food colouring


    1. Grease a 16cm square baking tin with ghee. Mix the milk and cream and set aside. Bash the cardamom pods, then remove the seeds and crush them in a pestle and mortar.

    2. Melt the ghee in a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add the caster sugar and coconut, stir for 2 mins, then add the cream and milk mixture, followed by the ground cardamom. Stir continuously over the heat for about 10 mins or until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and spread evenly into the tin.

    3. For the topping, melt the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Warm the cream, then add to the melted chocolate and mix well. Remove from the heat and stir in the food colouring. Pour this mixture over the coconut layer and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hrs until set. Cut into squares to serve.

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