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How to Extract Fresh Coconut Milk

How to Extract Fresh Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is considered a "miracle liquid" since coconut milk has nutrients that build up the body's immune defences and prevent disease. Coconut milk, along with it's relatives coconut oil and coconut water are among the world's healthiest foods. 

Coconut milk has become a highlight of many cuisines in the tropical and subtropical countries where they are grown. It is a fantastic dairy free alternative that is popular in curry dishes. The packaged, preservative laden variety available in the market just doesn't measure up to the real thing. Here's what you'll need to extract your own coconut milk at home! 

Utensils Required

  • Cleaver/Sharp heavy knife
  • Paring knife
  • Mixer Grinder
  • Strainer 
  • Bowl 
  • Jar 

Ingredients Required  

  • Coconut 
  • Water 


  • To extract fresh coconut milk, first take a dried coconut and strike the centre of the coconut with a cleaver or the blunt edge of a heavy knife.
  • You can even buy cracked coconuts in the market which you can use if you do not want to hazard cracking your own. 
  • Now to get the flesh out of the coconut, place it shell side up on a sturdy surface and hit the knife on the outside of its shell with some force. If all goes well this should loosen the flesh.
  • If that does not work, then take a sharp paring knife and carefully make cuts in the coconut flesh. Then insert the knife between the flesh and the shell and prise it off.
  • Now grind the coconut flesh along with 5-6 tablespoons of water in your mixer grinder.
  • Open the mixer and see whether more water needs to be added , if you have saved the coconut water add that for the maximum flavour. 
  • Using a strainer remove the blended coconut to a bowl. The liquid that is getting collected is pure coconut milk. 
  • Now take the remaining pulp and squeeze it in your hand to extract all the milk.
  • And finally pour the extracted coconut milk into a container and your delicious homemade coconut milk is ready to use.


  • If you buy a whole coconut then you will have to use a coconut scraper to remove the flesh. Alternatively you can use this easier method and buy coconut flesh without the shell and use your mixer grinder to grind it. 
  • If there is no water in the dried coconut it is an indication that it may be going bad. Make sure you give the coconuts a shake to check for water before you buy them.
  • You can also use a paring knife to prise away the flesh from the shell.
  • Another alternative to squeeze the milk out of the blended coconut using a muslin cloth instead of your hands. 
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