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From: Sassy (
Subject: Re: About the coconut milk....
Date: April 9, 2003 at 2:09 am PST

In Reply to: About the coconut milk.... posted by elote on April 9, 2003 at 1:49 am:

I had seen those pages when I first got the book, but then forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder. And I do have some dried, grated (although it is more large strips, rather than what I'm used to seeing as grated), unsweetened coconut. Thanks for suggesting to keep it in the freezer.

I should have done the homemade coconut milk route, rather than using the can of cream of coconut. (I purchased the can for some new recipe years ago and never used it. I'm glad it is gone. We ended up throwing the whole batch of Cauliflower-Potato Curry out because it was burned so badly, due to the syrupy nature of the cream of coconut.) I was feeling a little guilty using the coconut anyway, as it is not McD friendly, but wanted to get the full idea of how the recipe should taste, before I did the low-fat version. I'll have to try the recipe again both ways.

I was initially reluctant to make my own coconut milk, as I was disappointed in another recipe that used the dried, unsweetened coconut--Pg. 131: Caribbean Rice and Beans (although this recipe uses the coconut only, not the coconut milk). The recipe was good, but I expected some hint of flavor of coconut in the dish and could not taste it at all.

Do you use the recipe in the Great Vegetarian CUP, pg. 143 for your Coconut Rice? If so, which rice do you use? (Actually, I've never seen basmati white rice here.) Would it work with brown rice?

And how do you resist not eating the coconut by itself? You have better restraint than I do! (LOL!)


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