East Indian Coconut Cordial Recipe (Gluten Free)

Coconut Cordial is one of the easiest East Indian Christmas sweets to make. And it tastes yummy too! Granny has always made the coconut version of cordial. Some people use almonds or cashewnuts instead of coconut. We’ve never tried that recipe for “Cordial No 1” as it’s called in the East Indian Recipe book.

We’re quite satisfied with our Cordial No 2, although we do tweak the recipe a bit to make it less sweet. Anyways, here’s the recipe.

Recipe for Gluten-Free Coconut Cordial

Ground coconut - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Ground coconut

Grind one fresh coconut with one chowni (East Indian wine glass) of rose water. That’s the 30 ml chowni. You’ll need approximately 225 gms of the coconut. Keep it aside. Also butter a thali (flat round dish) before hand and keep aside.

Then take 300 gms of granulated sugar and make a mel (thick sugar syrup) with half a cup of water.

Stir the cordial over low frame - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Stir the cordial over low frame

Add the ground coconut to the sugar mel and stir over a low flame.

Stir till quite dry - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Stir till quite dry

Add a few drops of color and continue to stir till its quite dry and leaves the sides. We always add pink, because granny always made it pink.

Pour into a buttered thali - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Pour into a buttered thali

Pour the mixture into the buttered thali.

Flatten with a buttered pot - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Flatten with a buttered pot

Butter a small vessel and use it to flatten the mixture till about half centimetre thick.

Cut diagonally - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Cut diagonally
Cut into diamonds - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Cut into diamonds

Cut into diamond or square shapes.

Cordial is ready to eat - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Cordial is ready to eat

Test a few by eating them. Okay, that’s not really part of the process. But it doesn’t hurt to taste. What do you think?

Traditional East Indian Cordial - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Traditional East Indian Cordial

Okay, that’s it for our granny’s easy to make East Indian (coconut) Cordial recipe that’s gluten-free. Is it similar to your Christmas cordial? Comment and let me know.

East Indian (Coconut) Cordial Recipe

Our granny’s recipe for East Indian Coconut Cordial is one of our favorite easy to make traditional Christmas recipes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: East Indian
Author: Abby

Ingredients

  • 225 g Coconut Fresh and ground
  • 100 ml Water Equals half a cup
  • 30 ml Rose water One chowni
  • 3 drops Food color
  • 300 g Sugar granulated

Instructions

  • Grind one fresh coconut with one chowni aka wine glass (30 ml) of rose water and set aside.
  • Butter a thali (flat round dish) and set aside.
  • Make a mel (thick sugar syrup) with the sugar and half a cup of water.
  • Add the ground coconut to the sugar mel and stir over a low flame.
  • Add food color and continue stirring till quite dry.
  • Pour the mixture into the buttered thali (flat round dish).
  • Spread it out and flatten with a buttered pot till approximately half centimetre thick.
  • Cut into diamond or square shapes and leave to dry.
Traditional East Indian Cordial - By Abby from TheWingedFork

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Recipe for the Cordial Sweet - By Abby from TheWingedFork

Post Author: Abby

I'm a foodie and travel blogger, still making my way out of the daily 9-to-5, or 9-to-7 rather. But I make time to travel as often as possible. I've travelled across parts of Europe and Asia, and love writing about my experiences with people and cultures. And naturally, I love food, wine and travel, and have an endless bucket list of places to go to, and experiences I must blog about. My favorite things - nice rainy days, the smell of cakes in the oven, playing in the snow, glasses of wine and dark chocolate.

2 thoughts on “East Indian Coconut Cordial Recipe (Gluten Free)

    Frenny

    (24th December 2018 - 10:31 AM)

    Thanks very much for the cordial recipe…. just what i wanted…..will try it today….did you actually make it?….how did you get the pics? So happy to see them….

      Abby

      (24th December 2018 - 12:48 PM)

      Thanks Frenny. My sis made the cordial using my granny’s recipe. I just helped with the stirring, so it was easy to take pics. 🙂

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