homemade coconut milk + recipe

homemade coconut milk + recipe

for lovers of indian, thai, west african, caribbean food: If you live near a co-op or bulk food store, you can buy unsweetened flake/chip coconut and make your own coconut milk for much less than canned. I did this just last night when i noticed mid-curry that i had run out. worked great and was less fatty with good coconut flavor--and CHEAP. takes total of fifteen minutes max--most hands-off. 2 c. boiling water 2 c. unsweetened dried coconut. combine and let sit for 10 minutes. pour mixture into a blender and blend for 3-4 minutes. pour mixture through a fine strainer/sieve to filter out the solids (a few little pieces will get through). press on the solids to squeeze out remaining liquid and discard the solids. voila! about a can's worth of coconut milk. here, i can get coconut for $2.35/lb(which is--i'd say,at least 8 cups). the cans cost--at least--$1. so, making it yourself saves... (figuring)... about half of the least expensive canned version. now--the easiest indian curry recipe ever: (by way of Mark Bittman) serves 4 moderate eaters with a salad/other dish--or three straight-up curry eaters first--start the rice. when it is done, so is this curry 1 big onion, chopped 1 T oil or ghee 1 t grated fresh ginger (if you got it and want to bother) 1 T curry powder (i know--inauthentic! but, when you need to eat in 15 minutes, it'll do.) 1 1/2-2 c. coconut milk 3/4-l lb. chicken or tofu, cut into cubes 1 sm. can chopped tomatoes with chiles, drained handful raisins (if you like them--makes it slightly sweet) salt/pepper/cilantro 1. in a large skillet, slowly soften onions in oil for 5 minutes. add curry powder and brown for 30 sec. or so. add ginger here if you are using it. 2. dump in the coconut milk and let simmer 3-4 inutes to reduce a bit. 3. dump in drained tomatoes, chicken/tofu, raisins. spoon some broth over the protein and cover. 4. simmer until chicken is done--about 8 minutes or so. take off the lid and reduce a bit more. 5. Add salt, pepper, chopped fresh cilantro (if you got it) to the top and spoon over rice. this was remarkably fresh tasting given its canned origination. now, lemme see. chicken-$1.50 coconut milk--$.50 can tomatoes/chile--$.50 handful raisins--$.25 onion--$.25 spices/oil--negligible (maybe, being very generous, total.50) grand total for this dish: $3.50
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