Collection of coconut recipes.
Coconut and its benefits
Fresh coconut is a staple of all south Indian kitchens. It is used in numerous ways in everyday cooking and is an essential garnish for almost all side dishes. Dry coconut is used to make spice blends. Both fresh and dried versions are used to make desserts like laddoo and burfi, which tastes absolutely divine.
Coconut is considered a superfood as it contains healthy fats, digestible protein, and high amount of dietary fibre. It offers a number of benefits, including improved heart health, digestion, and weight loss.
My collection of recipes with coconut as the main ingredient
Browse through some of my recipes where coconut is a key ingredient for some inspirational ideas.
Homemade Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is a great dairy-free alternative and is very easy to extract at home. This easy-to-make vegan milk lends a unique flavour and creaminess to any dish.
Kayi Holige: Holige is an Indian sweet flatbread with stuffing. There are two types of stuffing that go into holige – either chana dal (Bengal gram) or coconut. It is also known as puran poli or obbattu.
Hayagreeva: This is a traditional sweet dish made of Bengal gram lentil, jaggery, and coconut which is given as an offering to God in Vadiraja Swami Mutta (temple) in Karnataka.
Kobbari Mithai: Kobbari mithai is a simple sweet dish with just two main ingredients – coconut and sugar. This is the most common and easiest form of burfi and is ready in less than 20 minutes.
Narkel Naru / Coconut Laddu: Two main ingredients and less than 30 minutes are all you need to make these delicious bites of goodness. Fresh coconut and jaggery are the main ingredients here.
Aamras: Aam means mango and ras means pulp. Aamras, also known as mavina hannina rasayana or seekarne in Kannada, is simply flavoured mango pulp.
Eggless Banana Coconut Bread: This easy cake-like bread is very easy to put together and tastes very different from regular banana bread. It is moist like a cake, yet sturdy like bread, and can even be toasted.
Semolina Coconut Cake: This dense, eggless cake is absolutely delicious – moist in the center and crispy on the top.
Almond Coconut Cookies: Soft, chewy melt-in-mouth cookies... Who doesn’t want a little treat with their cuppa! And if the cookies are made with the goodness of almond, coconut, and chia seeds, it is just perfect.
Neer Dosa: Neer dose (dosey) is thin, light, soft crepes made with rice and coconut. Neer means water in Kannada and these dosas are called so because the batter for the dosa is very runny and watery.
Coconut Chutney: This is the most common breakfast chutney made in South India and goes very well with idli, dosa, rotti, etc. This aromatic chutney can be made in minutes and is a great accompaniment to finger foods.
Chingri Malaikari: Chingri malaikari (prawn malai curry) is a classic Bengali delicacy in which prawns are cooked along with coconut milk and spices. This dish is a popular celebration dish and is served during weddings and ceremonies.
Daab Chingri: Daab chingri is an age-old Bengali delicacy in which prawns are cooked inside a tender coconut shell. (Daab is tender coconut and chingri means prawns).
Eggplant Masala: Easy eggplant curry made in coconut and peanuts masala base.
Grain-free Coconut Bread: This delicious and healthy bread is easy to make and is a great substitute if you are looking for gluten-free options. They are quite dense and similar to sandwich bread in texture.
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