coconut milk recipe
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5 from 11 votes

coconut milk

how to make coconut milk - preparing homemade coconut milk from scratch with fresh mature coconut
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: beverages & drinks
Cuisine: south indian
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 2.5 cups grated fresh coconut or unsweetened shredded coconut - see notes below
  • 3 to 4 cups water at room temperature


  • take all the grated coconut in a blender jar.
  • add the 1 cup water and blend on high till the coconut is ground well.
  • strain in a cheesecloth/muslin or a fine sieve and collect the first extract in a bowl or pan.
  • this is the thick coconut milk or the first extract.
  • then collect and put back the coconut residue into the blender.
  • add 1 to 1.5 cups water and blend again.
  • strain and collect this coconut milk in another bowl.
  • this is the thin coconut milk or the second extract.
  • put back the coconut gratings again in the blender.
  • add 1 to 1.5 cups water and blend again.
  • this is thinnest coconut milk or the third extract.
  • strain for the third time and collect the third coconut milk in the bowl in which the second thin coconut milk is extracted.
  • you can also keep the third extract separate.
  • so the fresh coconut milk is ready. use it fresh in your cooking.
  • you can also refrigerate and use the coconut milk later.


if using unsweetened shredded coconut, then preferable to soak the coconut in warm water for a few hours and then blend.