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Diwali sweets recipe


Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights that’s celebrated by lots of people around the world. Its date changes each year, but it’s usually in the autumn. Eating sweets is a part of Diwali that children love!

This recipe will show you how you can make your own Diwali sweets at home. We’ve shown which bits your child can do with your help. Reading and following recipes helps your child practice their literacy skills.

You will need:

210ml condensed milk
500g dates, dried
125g almonds, ground
50g desiccated coconut


Adult: Roughly chop the dates and put them into a heavy, non-stick pan.

Child: Pour the milk and ground almonds into the pan.

Adult: Turn on a low heat.

Child: Stir continuously – but be careful of the hot pan! Make sure the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Adult: Take the pan off the heat.

Child: Continue to stir the mixture gently until it forms a soft lump. Be patient as this might take a little while.

Child: Once the mixture is cool, take a spoonful and roll into a ball.

Child: Roll the ball into the desiccated coconut and put it in a sweet case.

Both: Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the mixture is gone.

Adult: Chill in the fridge until the sweets are dry.

Both: Enjoy your tasty treats!