I almost forgot about the 'how to' category until a reader requested to post how to make coconut milk at home. This will seem very simple to us but this post is mainly for beginners and new cooks.Though readymade coconut milk powders are available easily in supermarkets it cannot par with the flavour of fresh homemade coconut milk. I rarely use readymade coconut milk powder esp when guests are at home and am pressed for time to make biryani/pulao....otherwise I always prefer fresh homemade coconut milk.
Homemade Coconut Milk - IngredientsMakes: around 2 cupsCooking & PreparationTime: 15 mins
Grated Coconut / Coconut pieces - 1 cup
Warm Water - 2 cups
1.First cut open the coconut in the middle and drain coconut water in a bowl - I used grated coconut as I had it in stock, but you use coconut bits too. Take the coconut in a mixer/blender, add water(I used my small mixer jar so did it in batches) and blend it to a smooth running mixture.
2.Now transfer this coconut mixture to a strainer and press it with a spoon till all the milk is drained.Now the extracted milk is the first coconut milk. If you want a thin version then again add this coconut mixture and add 1/2 cup water, blend and then strain to get the 2nd thin coconut milk.
Recipes using coconut milk:
- You can use a muslin cloth for straining.