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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How To Make Coconut Milk

    This post is about how to make coconut milk a basic recipe.Though many people know how to make coconut milk ,there are people who don't know much about it.
    I never made coconut milk after coming here to US.Not  because of it is a difficult thing to do ,it is rare to get fresh,good,old coconut.First of all many people don't buy the whole coconut here.So its rare to see the whole one.It is available only in Indian store or in my nearby Mexican shop.Even though it is available ,it is rare to get a good one .Most of the coconut are very old and will be rotten .The ones that we get in Indian store is costly and too young.Those coconut will not be sweet or we don't get good amount of milk from it.After sometime now i am able to pick a good one.I grate it and store some in refrigerator and remaining in freezer.If its difficult to get coconut ,then how will i be making milk with it ?
      This time i was lazy to get coconut and break it and grate it .This process takes sometime to do .I am in no mood to do that.So i got frozen coconut.I want to make Aapam(dosa) and coconut milk that day.So kept the frozen coconut in refrigerator the day before and kept it outside 1 hour before i started taking the milk out.used warm water to get milk .To get best results grind the coconut along with warm water and extract the coconut milk .
      If you are using the coconut milk immediately then fine, otherwise store the milk in refrigerator or freezer until use(Guess this has shorter shelf life). 

Coconut milk

How To Make Coconut Milk

coconut milk             Make coconut milk from fresh or frozen coconut

Cuisine: Indian Category: Kitchen Basics Yields: 2- 2 1/2  cups Milk Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: Total time: 20 Minutes

  • 2 cups Grated Coconut
  • Required water(warm)
For using Coconut milk in aapam:
  • 6 tsp sugar
  • 2 cardamom (finely crushed)

If using fresh coconut:
  • Break the coconut .You can throw the water or you can drink it.
  • Grate it .I did it with Indian Grater(its called Aruvalmanai).
Grated fresh coconut

  • Store it in refrigerator until further use.
If using grated frozen coconut: 
  • Store it in refrigerator the day before making milk.
  • Keep Coconut in room temperature for 1  hour.
  • Refrigerated coconut gives less milk ,So use warm water to take the milk out.
How to extract the milk:
  • If you are not getting thick milk ,Let the coconut sit in warm water for 10 min.
  • Grind it and filter the water out .Now you must be getting thick milk.
Filtering the milk from coconut

If using the milk in aapam:
  • Add sugar and cardamom to the milk and mix thorough.
  • Use it immediately or refrigerate it until you use.
Extracted coconut milk

  •  You can take up to 3 times of coconut milk when using for aapam.The milk can be thin while using in aapam.
  • If using for any gravies .kheer or pulov take only thick milk up to 2 times.
  • Keep the milk refrigerated until use.
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  1. Useful post, will use your tips, always need coconut in my cooking

  2. Would love to have this with appam. Coconut milk looks simply delicious.

  3. Useful post Sathya. Coconut milk and appam is heavenly combination

  4. fresh coconut milk is always the best...

  5. Great tips which will definitely will be useful for someone like me who love to add coconut milk into my dishes.

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  7. i didn't know how to make coconut milk thanks for sharing it dear very informative post

  8. Thanks guys..Making coconut milk at home is fun and def fresh than store bought ..In case of any queries please email me or comment.
    Thanks sushma ..Come back again for more tips and recipes.


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