Indian coconut ice

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

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:25 mins
    plus 2-3 hrs chilling
  • Serves 16
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 295
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 16g
  • carbs 19g
  • sugars 19g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 4 tbsp ghee or clarified butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 100ml milk
  • 100ml double cream
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 200g desiccated coconut
  • 200g gluten-free white chocolate
  • 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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