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How to prepare fresh coconut milk at home
The coconut milk extracted from fresh coconut imparts the most authentic taste to dishes.
Grate a fresh coconut using a hand grater and then transfer to a grinder.
Add 1 cup water and grind the grated coconut until runny.
Strain this coconut liquid through a fine muslin cloth and collect the coconut milk in a bowl. This first extract is the thick coconut milk.
Add the coconut residue from the muslin cloth back to the grinder. Add 1½ cups of water and blend again.
Strain through the muslin cloth and collect this coconut milk in another bowl. This is thin coconut milk or the second extract.
Return the coconut residue to the grinder, add 1½ cups of water and blend again. Strain and collect the third residue. This very thin coconut milk can be used in curries for added flavour. Fresh coconut milk can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.