Coconut milk is a cooking base in south Indian cooking. Coconut milk is white in colour and it is not the water you find inside when you break the coconut. This is the milky fluid extracted from the white flesh of the matured coconut. Coconut milk is served with Aappam and Idiyappam as a side dish. It is also used in some curries and in some type of Biriyani as it gives a rich creamy taste to the dishes when used as an ingredient. Ayurveda considers coconut milk as a healthy drink to treat mouth ulcers.
Coconut is known as Thengai in Tamil and as Nariyal in Hindi. Milk is known as Paal in Tamil and as Dhoodh in Hindi.
- Whole Coconut – 2 no
- Mild hot water – 6 cup
Before proceeding let us see how a fully matured coconut breaks.
- It is not necessary to break the coconut as shown above; just break the coconut into two parts and take out the white fleshy part in big pieces by using a knife (I use a butter knife); further cut into small pieces.
- Put it in a mixi jar and chop it finely; add 2 cups of warm water, grind for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Squeeze, filter the milk through a fine filter or a cloth; this is called first shift milk or first grade milk; this will be more creamy and tasty; this will be thick in consistency.
- Again put the extracted coconut fiber in the blender, add 2 cups of warm water, grind and filter; this is called second shift milk and this will be thin compared to the first shift milk.
- Repeat this for third time also; this is called third shift milk and this will be further thin.
- The first shift coconut milk is served as side dish to Aappam, Idiyappam by adding sugar and some flavoring agent like cardamom.
- Second and third shift milk are used in curries and in soups as ingredient.
- Extracting coconut milk for more than three times is not useful.
- Do not preserve this coconut milk for long time; extract coconut milk as and when required using the right quantity of coconut.
Update: April 16
Here is the fully dry, left-over of coconut after extracting milk thrice. As it has no nutrients, I consider it as a waste.