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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


  • 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


  • 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.