Back to Basics – Coconut Milk

Sometimes, we need to keep pulling us back to making things ourselves. Nowadays, everything is so readily available in the shelf that you don’t have to flex your energy to make them from scratch, but actually if you go to see, the taste of food is not as good as it used to be before, nor is it as healthy as it used to be before!
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Being a Keralite means literally attached to your coconut! We try to add coconut and its derivatives into everything we cook. I don’t like to cook in any other oil, apart from coconut oil, even though sometimes people around keep telling how unhealthy it is and how olive oil is a much better option but then the Malayali in me refuses to believe it! Nothing beats the taste of food cooked in coconut oil – absolutely nothing! Hehe… Same goes with coconut milk… The lazy me does opt for the tinned coconut milk and the coconut powder many many times, for my quick cooking requirements but if I really have the time and I want the taste to come out naturally, I wouldn’t mind flexing my hand muscles to push out coconut milk out of freshly grated coconut.


OK, now for all of you who think about the task of grating coconuts – which, by the way, I hate doing! – we get freshly grated coconut packed in boxes in almost every supermarket here or when my umma comes from home, she brings at least 20 coconuts grated, neatly packed for convenience! I know the second option is going to stop for me very soon but still… the taste of the small Kerala coconut and the milk it gives is just too good… so sharing with you how I extract coconut milk…

Back to Basics – Coconut Milk
Makes 1 glass



1 cup grated coconut
1 cup water


Add both ingredients into a blender and blend for almost 5 minutes till well juiced. Pour through a sieve and press the blended coconut till the milk completely comes out.

This initial milk is normally thick and is called the “first milk” – “onnaam paal” in Malayalam. For the thin coconut milk, you can add one more cup of water to this pressed coconut mix and blend again for 5 minutes. Repeat the process again.

So easy, isn’t it? Yeah, provided that the coconuts are grated… πŸ™‚

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  1. Lovely dear.homemade is always best

    1. Thank you so much Ramya…

  2. Love this basic post , although I try to steer away from using too much coconut milk this days ! I know the taste is just unparalleled ☺

    1. Thank you so much Jehanne… πŸ™‚

  3. homemade coconut milk is always different from the store ones though work is more. Nice post dear.

    On-going event: south indian cooking.

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  4. nice post for extracting coconut milk. appreciate your idea for this post.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  5. Great dear. Nothing can beat homemade products

    1. Thank you so much Anshu…

  6. nice post… very helpful πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Preeti… πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Rafeeda, great posting. I do use lots of coconut milk in my cooking for dessert and savory dish especially curry. Homemade is still the best.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

    1. Thank you so much Amelia…

  8. Easy and very useful!! Thanks for sharing..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  9. I use coconut milk very often but have never tried squeezing out the milk,

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  10. Useful post…nothing can beat the taste of fresh coconut milk. .but of should be prepared for scraping the coconuts

    1. Yes, which is the tough part!!! Thanks a lot Kaveri…

  11. Delicious, Drooling here

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  12. Nothing beats the taste of freshly squeezed coconut milk!

    1. Thank you so much Dipti…

  13. Oh this is something I needed… Will sure try it out πŸ™‚ thank you Rafee for sharing the recipe!

    1. Hope it is helpful for you, Rekha… πŸ™‚

  14. He heee malayali in me …very useful post and bringing grated coconut sounds like a super idea..

    1. Hehe… thank a lot, Meena…

  15. home made is best.. love this

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  16. This is something that is much required for an Indian, especially who hails from south India, good post dear!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  17. very useful post.. homemade is always best

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  18. Really craving this lovely and super delicious homemade coconut milk!

    1. Thank you so much Elisabeth…

  19. yeah! If I don have enough time, I also opt for instant coconut milk but we won't get the taste of the real fresh homemade coconut milk. Always the homemade wins!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  20. This is a very useful post Rafee…and ya canned coconut milk comes no close to those fresh ones….homemade has its own quality and taste

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  21. wow one of the healthiest thing Rafeada πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

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