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Home made coconut milk recipe|how to make coconut milk |indian kitchen basics

by Jeyashri suresh
Coconut milk generally , my mom makes at home. After coming to Singapore, we get coconut milk in different forms. We get fresh coconut milk, in tetra paks and also coconut powder too. So it was too convenient for me and i rarely make it  at home. But the taste which we make it at home is truly amazing, and it is very easy too. I realised this when i made this at home yesterday. I used this coconut milk for Paal kozhukattai. You can have coconut milk for Aapam or Idiyappam too. I have used coconut milk for my Tomato biryani.

Home made coconut milk

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : Nil  |  Yields : 1 cup

     Fresh grated coconut    1 Cup
     Warm water   1 cup



  • Break the coconut just before you want to make the coconut milk.
  • Grate the coconut, if possible carefully grate only the white part of the coconut.
  • Take 1 cup of grated coconut and put it in a mixie. Add 1/2 cup of warm water to this and  grind smoothly.


  • Strain the liquid in a fine strainer and squeeze the ground coconut nicely. You can use a clean cloth to strain the coconut milk. The milk extracted from this is called First milk, which will be thick. We call this onnam paal.
  • Add half cup warm water to the coconut and again grind this .
  • Squeeze this again and strain this in a strainer. This milk will be slightly thin. This is  called second milk, rendam paal.
  • Generally we discard the coconut after this,but if you want much thinner milk you can add 1/4 cup of water to this and squeeze the milk.


  • Coconut milk is ready. You can use this in biryani and some sweets too. We can add sugar to this and consume this as a side dish for Aapam and Idiyappam.

Home made-coconut -milk


  1. You can either grate the coconut or cut into pieces and grind along with warm water.
  2. Pieces of coconut will take little time to grind than grated coconut.
  3. Use luke warm water, not hot water.
  4. Do not use the open coconut left in the refrigerator. It will be dry and will not give milk.
  5. Just break the coconut and extract the milk.

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sankar saranya August 24, 2014 - 11:25 am

Its very useful tips

Raji Ramakrishnan August 24, 2014 - 4:23 pm

do not discard the coconut. you can make sambarapodi which I made today. shall post the recipe soon in my blog rasavinsuvai.blogspot.in

Raji Ramakrishnan August 24, 2014 - 4:44 pm

https://rasavinsuvai.blogspot.in/2014/08/sambara-podi.html link for sambara podi, spicy coconut powder

Raks anand August 25, 2014 - 1:54 am

Very useful post 🙂 Loved the new header too

MonuTeena RecipesPassion August 25, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Wow dear very informative post thanks for the recipe to make coconut milk

Sakunthala September 8, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for this useful post.

Move on ! May 16, 2017 - 10:10 am

Can we refridgerate ? If yes, how long ?


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