List of dishes made using coconut milk

Main article: Coconut milk
For dishes prepared with coconut, see List of coconut dishes.
Coconut milk in a bowl
Tom kha kai (Thai coconut soup)

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.

Dishes that use coconut milk


Main article: Brazilian cuisine
Name Image Description
Canjica or curau
Cuscuz branco
Manjar branco
Moqueca A Brazilian seafood stew based on fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro. It is cooked slowly, with no water added.
Pamonha 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
Vatapá A Brazilian dish made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste.


Main article: Burmese cuisine
Name Image Description
Banana pudding 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 Coconut milk
Ohn no khao swè Curried chicken and wheat noodles in a coconut milk broth
Shwegyi mont Unsweet cake of semolina, coconut milk, and poppy seeds
Shwe yin aye A dessert prepared with agar jelly, tapioca and sago in coconut milk


Main article: Caribbean cuisine
Name Image Description
Callaloo 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 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 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 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.


Main article: Filipino cuisine
Name Image Description
Biniton Maguindanaon dish of chicken in coconut milk, cumin, curry, chilli and lemongrass
Espasol 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 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 Coconut–based blancmange, often with sweet maize kernels.
Pancit Butong Coconut noodles. Pancit or pansit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine.


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


Main article: Indian cuisine

Indian (Tamil Nadu & Kerala)

Main articles: Tamil cuisine and Cuisine of Kerala

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)

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.


Main article: Indonesian cuisine
Name Image Description
Arem-arem [7] A type of food in Javanese cuisine prepared with rice and mincemeat.[7] Includes lontong, and many more.
Bika ambon [8] Cake
Bubur ketan hitam Dessert
Cassava Leaf curry
Dodol 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 Dessert
Es dawet ayu Dessert
Es doger Dessert
Es kacang hijau A dessert that's also known as "bubur kacang hijau."
Es putar Ice cream
Es shanghai Dessert
Es teler Dessert
Gulai Kepala Ikan
Jack fruit Curry using young jack fruit
Javanese Gudeg
Kolak Dessert
Kue mangkok
Nasi liwet 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
Sop kaki kambing Lamb soup
Soto betawi/soto Jakarta Beef soup
Tongseng kambing Lamb curry
Nasi Uduk An Indonesian-style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk. The dish is originally from Jakarta.[9]
Opor Ayam

Malaysian and Singaporean

Name Image Description
Ayam percik Grilled chicken in spicy coconut marinade/sauce
Bubur cha cha
Bubur hitam
Chendol 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
Laksa 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 A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and "pandan" leaf commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish;[10] Brunei; Singapore;[11]
Pengat pisang
Puteri salat
Rendang Beef/chicken. Rendang is on the left side of the plate in the image.


Main article: Maldivian cuisine
Name Image Description
Mas riha A type of curry in Maldivian cuisine prepared with fresh tuna and eaten with rice or with roshi flatbread.[12]

Sri Lankan

Main article: Sri Lankan cuisine
Name Image Description
Coconut cake Bibikkang
Coconut milk 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 Kiri bath
Pol Pani Sri Lankan pancake made with coconut milk
Potato Curry
Spicy and non-spicy fish curry
Spicy beef curry
Spicy chicken curry
Tomato sambol
Watalappam A coconut custard pudding made of coconut milk or condensed milk, jaggery, cashew nuts, eggs, and various spices, including cardamom, cloves,[13] and nutmeg. This dessert is very popular in Sri Lanka


Main article: Thai cuisine
Name Image Description
Coconut rice Prepared by soaking white rice in coconut milk or cooking it with coconut flakes.
Green curry 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
Khanom tako Jasmine scented coconut pudding set in cups of fragrant pandanus leaf.
Massaman curry 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 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.[14]
Pineapple curry
Red curry 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" 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 One of three major kinds of Thai curry that are commonly found in Thai restaurants in the West.[15] There is also kaeng lueang (Thai: แกงเหลือง), which directly translated means "yellow curry" in Thai but this curry does not contain any coconut milk.


Main article: Vietnamese cuisine
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 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


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