This is a list of dishes made using coconut milk. Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a coconut. The color and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content. Most of the fat is saturated fat. Coconut milk is a very popular food ingredient used in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines as well as Sri Lanka.

Dishes that use coconut milk


Name Image Description
Canjica or curau Canjica1.jpg
Cuscuz branco
Manjar branco
Moqueca MOQUECAB.jpg A Brazilian seafood stew based on fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro. It is cooked slowly, with no water added.
Pamonha Pamonha.jpg A traditional Brazilian food, it's a paste made from fresh corn and milk, boiled wrapped in corn husks, turned into a dumpling. Pamonhas can be savoury or sweet, the latter being the norm in Northeastern Brazil and in the state of Rio de Janeiro. They can be filled with a variety of ingredients, or served plain.
Several desserts
Several seafood stews Bobó de camarão.jpg
Vatapá Vatapá.jpg A Brazilian dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste.


Name Image Description
Banana pudding Ngapyawbaung.jpg A dessert made from banana boiled in coconut milk and sugar.
Halawa A snack made of sticky rice, butter, coconut milk, similar to Indian halwa. Burmese halawa usually contains poppy seeds and is brown in color.
Kyauk-kyaw Coconut jelly
Mont let saung Tapioca balls, glutinous rice, grated coconut and toasted sesame with jaggery syrup in coconut milk
Ngyuenea hakushelat Cocojf.jpg Coconut milk
Ohn no khao swè Ohn No Khao Swe at Sapphire Asian Cuisine (10988302274).jpg Curried chicken and wheat noodles in a coconut milk broth
Shwegyi mont Unsweet cake of semolina, coconut milk, and poppy seeds
Shwe yin aye Shweyin-aye.JPG A dessert prepared with agar jelly, tapioca and sago in coconut milk


Name Image Description
Callaloo MISC Callaloo.jpg A popular Caribbean dish originated from West Africa served in different variants across the Caribbean., its main ingredient is a leaf vegetable, traditionally either amaranth (known by many local names, including callaloo or bhaaji), taro or Xanthosoma.
Coconut bread, bake and cakes
Coconut candy Keodua.jpg Prepared with coconut milk and coconut cream, the term "Coconut candy" most commonly refers to the candy produced in Bến Tre province, Vietnam.
Coconut ice cream
Coconut soup
Oil down A stew of breadfruit, salted meat or chicken, coconut milk and spices.[1]
Rice and peas Basmati Johns (peas and basmati rice).jpg A mainstay of Jamaican cuisine and is traditionally, but not exclusively, eaten with the Sunday meal. Coconut milk is used to flavor the dish.
Run down Run down (stew).jpg A stew dish in Jamaican cuisine and Tobago cuisine[2] that typically consists of fish, reduced coconut milk,[3] yam, tomato,[4] onion and seasonings.[2][5] Mackerel and salted mackerel[2][6] is often used in the dish.


Name Image Description
Biniton Maguindanaon dish of chicken in coconut milk, cumin, curry, chilli and lemongrass
Espasol Espasoljf.JPG A cylinder-shaped Filipino rice cake prepared with rice flour, cooked in coconut milk and sweetened coconut strips, and then dusted with toasted rice flour.
Ginatâ Generic term for entrées or desserts simmered in coconut milk
Ginataang Bilo-Bilo Dessert soup of sticky rice dumpling in coconut broth, usually with saba banana, ube, and other ingredients.
Ginataang Tilapia White tilapia in creamy coconut
Ginataang Manok Chicken in coconut milk and spices
Gulaman at Sago Sago pearls with coconut milk
Halo-halo Halo halo1.jpg Shaved ice in coconut milk with sweet beans, ice cream, fruits, condensed milk, and other sundries. It's a popular Filipino dessert.
Laing Spicy taro dish seasoned with shrimp, pork, and ginger
Maja blanca Maja dessert.jpg Coconut–based blancmange, often with sweet maize kernels.
Pancit Butong Pancit.JPG Coconut noodles. Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine.


Name Image Description
Haupia Slab of haupia.jpg A gelatin-like pudding flavored with coconut milk
Kulolo Kulolo.jpg A Hawaiian dessert made primarily from mashed taro corms and either grated coconut meat or coconut milk.
Lu'au Taro leaves simmered in coconut milk


Indian (Tamil Nadu & Kerala)

  • Ada Prathaman
  • Gothampu Payasam (Wheat Payasam)
  • Kerala Curries
  • Molugootal (sometimes used in conjunction with fresh grated coconut to enhance flavour)
  • Mutton Stew
  • Paal-Appam (sweetened coconut milk in the center of the Aapam for taste)
  • Parippu Prathaman
  • Puttu (Steam cake) Grated coconut is mixed with rice powder for taste

Indian (Goan and Konkani cuisine in Karnataka, and Maharashtra)

Almost all dishes have coconut milk and paste as its base (called as "Aapros" in Konkani)

  • All vegetable and fish curries
  • Coconut Rice
  • Payasa, Mangane, Kheer

Indian (Northeast)

Indian (North India)

Coconut and coconut milk are both used as a garnish in several traditional dishes across Bihar, Eastern U.P., Uttaranchal and Bundelkhand. Its generally used in dishes made of jackfruit, pumpkin and other gourds.


Name Image Description
Arem-arem [7] Arem-arem.JPG A type of food in Javanese cuisine prepared with rice and mincemeat.[7] Includes lontong, and many more.
Bika ambon [8] Bika Ambon.JPG Cake
Bubur ketan hitam Black rice pudding.jpg Dessert
Cassava Leaf curry
Dodol Dodol Garut Cihampelas Bandung.JPG A candy. Pictured is an assortment of dodol on display in Bandung, Indonesia.
Es bubur pisang ijo A dessert from Makassar. Banana wrapped in pandanus rice flour dough, served with coconut custard, red coconut syrup, and crushed ice.
Es bumi hangus Dessert
Es cendol Cendol in a Glass.JPG Dessert
Es dawet ayu Dessert
Es doger Es Doger 1.JPG Dessert
Es kacang hijau Bubur kacang hijau.JPG A dessert that's also known as "bubur kacang hijau"
Es putar Ice cream
Es shanghai Dessert
Es teler Dessert
Gudeg Javanese jack fruit stew
Gulai Kepala Ikan
Jack fruit Curry using young jack fruit
Kolak JackfruitKolak.jpg Dessert
Kue mangkok Kue bolu kukus Pasar Bulu Semarang.JPG
Lemang Piece of Lemang.jpg
Nasi liwet Nasi Liwet Solo.jpg A food from Solo, Central Java. Rice is usually cooked in water, but nasi liwet is rice cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth, thus give the rice rich and succulent taste. This is a traditional Javanese way of cooking, from the past until now.
Sayur lodeh Sayur lodeh.JPG A vegetable soup prepared from vegetables in coconut milk popular in Indonesia, but most often associated with Javanese cuisine.[9]
Sop kaki kambing Lamb soup
Soto betawi/soto Jakarta Beef soup
Tongseng kambing Lamb curry
Nasi Uduk Nasi uduk netherlands.jpg An Indonesian-style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk. The dish is originally from Jakarta.[10]
Opor Ayam Opor Ayam Telur Pindang.JPG A dish consisting of chicken cooked in coconut milk from Indonesia, especially from Central Java.[11]
Rendang Rendang daging sapi asli Padang.JPG

Malaysian and Singaporean

Name Image Description
Ayam percik Grilled chicken in spicy coconut marinade/sauce
Bubur cha cha
Bubur hitam
Chendol Chendol in a bowl.JPG Basic ingredients are coconut milk, jelly noodles made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar.
Chicken Curry
Gula melaka A Malaysian sugar made from the sap of flower buds from the coconut tree
Laksa Katong Laksa.jpg A spicy noodle soup that typically includes coconut milk in its preparation.
Lemak ayam chili padi Chicken/fish in bird's eye chili coconut milk
Lemak lodeh Curry vegetables
Nasi lemak Nasi Lemak, Mamak, Sydney.jpg A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and "pandan" leaf commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish;[12] Brunei; Singapore;[13]
Pengat pisang
Puteri salat
Rendang Rendang plate.jpg Beef/chicken. Rendang is on the left side of the plate in the image.


Name Image Description
Mas riha Mas riha Maldives.jpg A type of curry in Maldivian cuisine prepared with fresh tuna and eaten with rice or with roshi flatbread.[14]

Sri Lankan

Name Image Description
Coconut cake Bibikkang
Coconut milk Cocojf.jpg Pol kiri - a dish in itself, usually used for gravy with Pittu
Coconut toffee Pol Toffee
Green bean curry
Milk gravy (Kiri hodi) Coconut milk with a dash of saffron and onion, usually used for gravy with String-hoppers
Milk rice Kiribath.jpg Kiri bath
Pol Pani Sri Lankan pancake made with coconut milk
Potato Curry
Spicy and non-spicy fish curry Meen curry 2 (cropped).JPG
Spicy beef curry
Spicy chicken curry Food-O-Holic.jpg
Tomato sambol
Watalappam Watalappan (23091763250).jpg A coconut custard pudding made of coconut milk or condensed milk, jaggery, cashew nuts, eggs, and various spices, including cardamom, cloves,[15] and nutmeg. This dessert is very popular in Sri Lanka


Name Image Description
Coconut rice Prepared by soaking white rice in coconut milk or cooking it with coconut flakes.
Green curry Thai green chicken curry and roti.jpg A variety of curry in Thai cuisine. The name "green" curry derives from the color of the dish. Green curries tend to be as hot as red curries or hotter. The green color comes from fresh green chillies. The "sweet" in the Thai name (wan means "sweet") refers to the particular color green itself and not to the taste of the curry.
Ice Cream White mocha ice cream.jpg
Khanom tako Khanom tako sai.jpg Jasmine scented coconut pudding set in cups of fragrant pandanus leaf.
Massaman curry Kaeng matsaman kai.JPG A Thai curry dish that is Muslim in origin. Due to its Muslim roots and therefore Islamic dietary laws, this curry is most commonly made with beef, but can also be made with duck, tofu, chicken, or, for non-Muslims, with pork (as pork is a forbidden food for Muslims, this variety is not eaten by observant Thai Muslims). The dish is flavored with Massaman curry paste, which usually contains coconut milk, roasted peanuts or cashews, potatoes, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, star anise, palm sugar, fish sauce, chili and tamarind sauce.
Thai satay sauce
Phanaeng curry Phanaeng kai.jpg Generally milder than other Thai curries, it traditionally includes dried chili peppers, galangal, lemongrass, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, shrimp paste and salt, and sometimes also shallots and peanuts.[16]
Pineapple curry
Red curry Kaeng phet mu.jpg A popular Thai dish consisting of curry paste to which coconut milk is added. The main ingredients are garlic, shallots, (dried) red chili peppers, galangal, shrimp paste, salt, kaffir lime peel, coriander root, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns and lemongrass. The base is properly made with a mortar and pestle Pictured is Thai red curry with pork.
Thai Shaved Ice or Nam Kang Sai Known as snow cone in the US. Another name is 'Wan-Yen'. In Thailand, this kind of cold dessert is very popular as well. The differences from other countries' shaved ice is that in the Thai version the toppings (mixings) are in the bottom and the shaved ice is on top. There are between 20-30 varieties of mixings that can be mixed in. Among them are young coconut that have been soaked in coconut milk, black sticky rice, chestnuts, sweetened taro, red beans, cheng-sim-ee (special flour that is very chewy and slippery) and many more.
Tom Kha "coconut soup" Flickr preppybyday 4711943668--Tom kha gai.jpg Prepared with coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and chicken, and often contains straw, shiitake, or other mushrooms, as well as coriander leaves.
Yellow curry Kaeng kari kai.JPG One of three major kinds of Thai curry that are commonly found in Thai restaurants in the West.[17] There is also kaeng lueang (Thai: แกงเหลือง), which directly translated means "yellow curry" in Thai but this curry does not contain any coconut milk.


Name Image Description
Cháo cá lóc nước cốt dừa Rice congee with fish in coconut broth
Chè đậu xanh nước cốt dừa Mung bean sweet pudding dessert in coconut milk
Chuối rim mật nước cốt dừa Banana simmered in honey and coconut milk
Curry chicken Vietnamese chicken coconut curry.jpg A common delicacy in South Asia, Southeast Asia, as well as in the Caribbean (where it is usually referred to as "curry chicken"). A typical South Asian curry consists of chicken stewed in an onion and tomato-based sauce, flavored with ginger, garlic, chili peppers and a variety of spices, often including turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and others. Pictured is Vietnamese chicken coconut curry.
Ốc len xào dừa Escargot sautéed in coconut milk
Thịt kho nước cốt dừa Caramelized braised pork in coconut milk


See also


  1. ^ Jeanne Jacob, Michael Ashkenazi The World Cookbook for Students, Volume 1 Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - 296 pages
  2. ^ a b c Jamaica in Slavery and Freedom: History, Heritage, and Culture - Google Books p. 99.
  3. ^ Jamaica: A Visitor's Guide - Harry S. Pariser - Google Books p. 64.
  4. ^ Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World - Mark Kurlansky - Google Books p. (unlisted).
  5. ^ Caribbean - Bruce Geddes - Google Books p. 257.
  6. ^ Hartz, Deborah S. (August 1, 1991). "Authentic Jamaican breakfast". Ocala Star-Banner. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  7. ^ a b Javanese English Dictionary: ジャバ語辞典 - Stuart Robson, Singgih Wibisono - Google Books
  8. ^ Indonesia - Patrick Witton - Google Books
  9. ^ "Sayur Lodeh". Tasty Indonesian Food. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ Betawi cuisine, a culinary journey through history The Jakarta Post Archived 2015-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Patrick Witton and Mark Elliott (2003), Lonely Planet Indonesia. Lonely Planet Publications, p. 108
  12. ^ "Nasi Lemak". Malaysia.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  13. ^ "Nasi lemak". YourSingapore.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  14. ^ Eating on the Islands - As times have changed, so has the Maldives' unique cuisine and culture
  15. ^ "The decline of watalappam", Daily News (Sri Lanka), August 31, 2012  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  16. ^ She simmers - Panaeng curry
  17. ^ Thai Yellow Chicken Curry Recipe

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