How to extract coconut milk

Coconut milk is used in number of dishes. Added to South Indian curries, payasams, Thai curries, Vegan recipes (to name a few), it is an important ingredient in the kitchen. Nowadays, it is available in the market. But you can make fresh coconut milk easily at home. Let’s see how to make it at home.


1 ½ cup of fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
1 cup of  water (room temperature)

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  • Add fresh grated coconut to a mixer jar.
  • Add ½ a cup of water.
  • Blend to a fine paste.
  • Strain through a fine sieve and collect the coconut milk in a bowl.
  • This is the first extract (thick coconut milk).
  • Grind the coconut remains again with ½  a cup of water.
  • Strain and collect the coconut milk.
  • This is the second extract (thin coconut milk).
  • You can repeat the process using the coconut remains to extract the third extract which will be thinner in texture than the second extract. 


  • It can be stored in an airtight container upto 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator or can be frozen upto a month.