A Diwali recipe

Known as the festival of light, Diwali is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. A much-loved time in South Africa, we look forward to the vibrant colours, lamps and sweet treats that are shared. We have an effortless Diwali recipe for you to try. Coconut ice is a continental treat often made during the festival of Diwali or even as a lunchbox treat that can be cut into small serving sizes to be enjoyed during the week. Our recipe adds in optional spices to give it an Eastern edge.

You will need:

A large mixing bowl

A tray lined with waxed lunch wrap

A cookie cutter (optional, if you wish to shape your servings)


Ingredients required:

1 Can of sweetened condensed milk

2 Drops of your choice of food colouring

400g Icing sugar, plus extra for rolling

320g Desiccated coconut

200g Milk powder

50g Chopped almonds or nuts of your choice

1 tsp Vanilla essence (optional)

½ tsp Cardamom powder (optional)

½ tsp Nutmeg powder (optional)

Any baking décor you would like to garnish with (edible glitter, sprinkles or coloured almonds)



  1. In a large mixing bowl, add in your dry ingredients – desiccated coconut, icing sugar, milk powder, your choice of nuts and any of the optional powders of your choice.
  2. Mix these ingredients together before adding your sweetened condensed milk, food colouring and optional vanilla essence. Gradually mix together to ensure that all ingredients are coloured and well combined.
  3. Once combined, you can now either transfer and flatten into your tray or use your cookie cutter to make shapes and place onto your tray.
  4. Top off your coconut ice with your choice of baking décor. Coloured almonds are traditionally used for Diwali.


Top tip: For a deliciously rich coconut ice, drizzle a generous helping of melted white chocolate and top with chopped pecans.


As one the easiest Diwali recipes to make, you can get creative and add in a host of ingredients to your liking. This recipe works well as a birthday party pack filler or simply for weeknight treats to give to the kids. At Pebble Beach, you have access to a large kitchen to experiment and create a range of different cuisines.

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