If you regularly use coconut milk in your kitchen, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to learn to make this simple milk at home. Not only will it save you a lot of money in the long run, but you also spare yourself the headache of wondering whether the packaging used for your coconut milk is BPA-free and whether or not, your coconut milk contains additives, preservatives and other things that you probably can’t begin to pronounce.

In my coconut curry rice recipe, I talked a bit about growing up in a time and place where the only coconut milk you used, was the one you made in your kitchen, and the starting point was always a …wait for it…. coconut.

There are 2 ways I generally make my coconut milk these days which I share below. Both methods are super easy and relatively quick so here goes:

Coconut Milk Recipe
Coconut Milk Recipe
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  1. To make coconut milk from desiccated coconut, Heat the water in a kettle until hot. Do not boil!When water is hot, transfer the water along with the shredded coconut to a blender. Allow the mixture to sit in blender for about 2 - 4 minutes before you start to blend.Blend on high for 2 - 4 minutes.Remove the mixture from the blender base, and strain through a cheesecloth. Then using your fingers, squeeze the extra milk from the coconut in the cheesecloth until there is no more milk left in the coconut.Transfer to a jar and refrigerate if not using immediately.
  2. To make coconut milk from coconut meat, pen up the coconut using a sharp chef's knife. Save the coconut water, and set aside. Using a spoon, scoop out all the meat from inside the coconut.Using a fine grater, grate the coconut meat till everything is finely grated.Add the grated coconut meat, coconut water and water. Blend on high for 2 - 4 minutesUse a cheesecloth and strain as per the above method. Ensure you squeeze the cheesecloth till there is no more milk left in the coconut.Discard the coconut, and transfer to a jar and refrigerate if not using immediately
Recipe Notes

Home-made coconut milk does not contain any additives or emulsifiers. It is just pure goodness. This means that because of the lack of emulsifiers, stored home-made coconut milk will separate - the fat solids will separate from the water. So if you plan to store your coconut milk in the refrigerator for later use, just shake it to mix it all up before use and you are good to go!

Home-made coconut milk will generally keep safe in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Milk Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 178mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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