We use it in plenty of our curries so it’s safe to say we’re big fans of coconut milk here at Nine Elephants. Learn all about the best ways to use this staple and the benefits of including it in your cooking.
Coconut milk is essentially what it says on the tin! Essentially, the white flesh from a coconut is grated and soaked in hot water. This produces both coconut cream and coconut milk. When left to stand for a while, the thick creamy part rises to the top leaving a watery substance below. When mixed together they produce the white, thick liquid we know best as coconut milk. If you use the top part alone, you’ll get coconut cream! So, what’s so great about this ingredient and what can it be used for?
The benefits of coconut milk
Well, first things first, it’s a great alternative to its dairy counterpart. If you are lactose intolerant or choose not to eat dairy products, this creamy substance can be amazing for so many recipes that you might previously have missed out on. Any time you use dairy cream in a savoury recipe, it can often be switched out for coconut milk. Although, bear in mind that is has a more distinct flavour than dairy! Don’t be fooled by the naysayers who focus on the high levels of saturated fats. This fat content is great for keeping you full and is easily metabolized. Alongside this, the fatty acids are beneficial to hair growth and boosting your skin’s condition.
Speaking of acids, the specific acids found in coconut milk have many properties that can boost our health. This ingredient is said to be anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-microbial!
Now it’s time for the fun part. Of course, there are plenty of dishes you can create with this fantastic ingredient. However, we thought we’d just share some of our favourites with you. Here’s a list of some popular and tasty dishes to cook up with coconut milk – both sweet and savoury.
Thai Green Curry, of course
One of the most popular curries of Thailand, green curry is fragrant from the lemongrass and extremely tasty! To bulk it up, potatoes are often added and it can be served with a variety of meat including chicken or beef. Check out this recipe to learn the basics of a green curry.
Into your nibbles and side dishes? Chicken skewers with a peanut satay sauce are sure to impress any guests! Here is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe if you want to have a go yourself.
Coconut rice pudding
Rice and coconut milk are a match made in heaven – so how about coconut and sticky rice pudding? This is definitely one for those with a sweet tooth or who love a creamy, indulgent pudding. Check out the recipe here which adds tropical fruit for extra sweetness.
If you’re into your cocktails then this will be right up your street. A pina colada is a classic, tropical drink and its core ingredient is, yep, coconut milk. It’s really simple to make and you can check out a great recipe for it here.
Make it a staple
It’s super cheap so there’s no excuse to not stock up on this key ingredient. Make coconut milk a staple in your kitchen and we guarantee you’ll become its biggest fan in no time. It’s versatile with both sweet and savoury dishes, has great health benefits and tastes amazing too!