Citrus Thai Basil Iced Tea

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-6 drinks

Ingredients

2 Thai tea bags
2 tablespoons orange zest
½ cup orange juice
½ cup thai basil leaves
½ cup turbinado sugar
4 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
Ice

Directions

In a large sauce pan place the tea bags, orange zest, juice, thai basil leaves, sugar and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Strain out the tea bags, leaves and zest and add the remaining water and stir. Allow to cool. In a glass filled with ice, fill the cup about 75% with the tea mixture and fill with coconut milk.

Summer Melon Bubble Tea

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

¼ strong black tea
¼ cup cooked large tapioca pearls
¼ fresh summer melon puree of choice
¼ cup coconut milk
Crushed ice

Directions

Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 cups for a batch to make 8-10 drinks). They will fall to the bottom of the pot. Allow to boil about 20 minutes. Take off heat and allow to rest covered for about 15 more minutes. Pearls should float when finished cooking. Place the pearls in a metal bowl and pour a little of melon puree and mix, just enough that they don’t stick together. Place in the refrigerator and cool. To make the bubble tea, in a shaker filled with crushed ice, place ¼ cup puree, ¼ cup strong black tea, ¼ cup coconut milk and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture into a glass and add tapioca pearls and stir.

Coconut Milk Caramel Dark Chocolate Truffle with Toasted Coconut

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons caramel
1 tablespoon honey
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped
Toasted Coconut for Dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, coconut milk,caramel and honey to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roll in toasted coconut. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh summer fruit
Coarse sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in fruit and mix well. Combine together the flour and fruit mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean.

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

1½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved)
2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small
½ cup vanilla brown sugar syrup (¼ cup water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 vanilla bean scraped and cut)
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-12 four ounce ramekins. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In another larger bowl cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy. Mix in the scraped parts of the vanilla bean and mix until incorporated well. Slowly combine and mix the dry mix into the wet mix a little at a time until all is incorporated and a creamy batter is created. Pour the batter evenly between the ramekins. Bake the ramekins for about 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool. In a mixing bowl combine the mango, the brown sugar syrup, the coconut milk, the condensed milk and mix well. Carefully take the cake out of the ramekins and place down on a large baking tray or Pyrex baking dish with raised sides. Make sure the little cakes do not touch each other. Poke holes in the cakes using a wooden skewer (about 10 holes per cake), making sure the hole goes to the bottom. Pour your mango batter over the cakes and place in the refrigerator to soak up the sauce for about an hour.

Raspados de Frutas Tropical (Tropical Fruit Snow Cones)

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes quite a few snow cones

Most of us don’t have ice scrapers in our kitchen for snow cones so this raspado recipe is modified to utilize the tools we all typically have in our kitchen while still being able to enjoy the authentic taste of a snow cone!

Ingredients

For a mango raspado

2 mangoes, ripe, peeled, deseeded and cubed
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of one lime

For a pineapple raspado

3 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup water
½ cup sugar or honey

For a coconut lime raspado

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup shaved raw coconut
1 cup water
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of 2 limes
½ cup sugar

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and place in the freezer to freeze, scraping with a fork every few minutes in order to get a ice consistency. Once frozen serve by scraping up with a fork and placing in a bowl.

Arroz con Coco

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Vanilla- “Butter” Cast-Iron Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large cake

Ingredients

8 tablespoons (1 stick) margarine
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped clean
1 cup sugar, separated
1 fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
¾ cups cornmeal
¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons coarse salt
¾ cup egg replacers (replacers must equal approximately 3 large eggs)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup coconut milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ËšF.

Melt 4 tablespoons of margarine in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, making sure to coat all sides. Add the vanilla bean and the scrapings from the vanilla bean and ½ cup of sugar and cook until the margarine starts to melt and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add pineapple rings forming a circle covering entire bottom of pan filling any blank spots (cut rings if you need to fill spots) arranging for an aesthetically pleasing design. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until pineapple is tender. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Separately, in the bowl of a large mixer over medium-high speed or by hand, beat the remaining margarine and sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add egg replacers, making sure to scrape sides of the bowl. Next, adding dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Finish by adding vanilla and coconut milk. Drop spoonfuls of batter over pineapple mixture and spread evenly with a spatula coating evenly and making sure pineapple is not visible. Bake until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes, run a knife or spatula around the cakes edges and invert onto a large cutting board tap the bottom if need be. Cool and serve.

Ger-Nis Chai & Mango Bubble Teas

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

¼ strong black tea
¼ cup cooked tapioca pearls
¼ fresh mango syrup or Chai syrup (recipes follow)
¼ cup coconut milk
Crushed ice

DIRECTIONS

Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 cups for a batch to make 8-10 drinks). They will fall to the bottom of the pot. Allow to boil about 20 minutes. Take off heat and allow to rest covered for about 15 more minutes. Pearls should float when finished cooking. Place the pearls in a metal bowl and pour a little of either of the mango syrup or the chai syrup and mix, just enough that they don’t stick together. Place in the refrigerator and cool. To make the bubble tea, in a shaker filled with crushed ice, place ¼ cup syrup of your choice, 2 to 4 cups strong black tea, ¼ cup coconut milk and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture into a glass and add tapioca pearls and stir.

Fresh Mango Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

2 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredient to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Blend in a blender until smooth.

Chai Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 star of anise
2 cardamom pods, shell removed
4-5 whole allspice
2 cloves
1 tablespoon black pepper corns
13 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

With a mortar and pestle crush spices so they are just cracked. In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredients to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Strain.

Laotian Coconut Sweet Rice with Mango

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of sweet/gluttonous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of refined sugar
1 teaspoon of coconut essence
1 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced to your preference
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of toasted coconut shavings

DIRECTIONS

Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice in water overnight or for 10 hours.

Place drained rice into a tea cloth and steam it, covered in a “huat” (bamboo steamer) or in a rice-cooker that has a steaming function. Steam for 40 minutes or until the rice is cooked and is chewy/sticky.

In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of coconut milk and sugar. Over very low heat, dissolve the sugar into coconut milk. Do not overcook or let the coconut milk boil. Place aside. Take steamed rice and place into a non-metallic bowl. Pour coconut/sugar mixture over rice, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve rice flour in 18 cup of water. In a small saucepan, over low heat, add 1 cup of coconut milk, salt, coconut essence and dissolved agar (flour mixture). Stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil. This is your coconut sauce.

After the rice has set for 30 minutes in coconut mixture, place 1 serving of rice (¼ to ½ cup of rice) alongside sliced mango. Drizzle coconut sauce over rice only. Sprinkle grated lemon rind and toasted coconut shavings over rice. Enjoy!

*Tip: Adjust the sweetness by drizzling simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water, dissolved over low heat) over plated rice before pouring coconut sauce over rice.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Ginger Brown Rice Coconut Milk Mango Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups milk, warmed
1 vanilla bean, split
¼ cup shredded coconut

PREPARATION

In a medium-size saucepot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add mango and ginger, sauté for a few minutes. Then add brown rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, milk and vanilla bean. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender and liquid is reduced, creamy and thick, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate small sauté pan, add coconut and toast until golden brown.

To serve, spoon risotto into bowls and garnish with toasted coconut.

Leaf-Wrapped Rice and Banana Bundles

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Khao Tom Mat (Thailand)
Serves 4 to 8 (makes 8 dumplings)

INGREDIENTS

For the Rice Mixture

¼ cup dried black turtle beans, soaked in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours or ½ cup canned, drained and rinsed
3 pandan leaves, each folded in half and tied into a knot for easier handling, or ¼ teaspoon pandan extract
½ cup fresh coconut milk or canned coconut milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup medium-grain sweet (glutinous) white rice, preferably from Thailand, rinsed and soaked in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours

For the Filling

2 very ripe bananas

For Assembly

Eight 8-inch prepared banana-leaf squares
Eight 6-inch prepared banana-leaf squares
Eight 36-inch lengths of kitchen string for tying the khao tom mat

PREPARATION

1. Cook the Beans 1½ to 2 Hours in Advance: (Skip this step if using canned black turtle beans.) Drain the black turtle beans and place them in a small saucepan. Cover the beans with plenty of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender, 1 to 1½ hours. Drain and place in a small bowl to cool.

2. Cook the Rice: Place the knotted pandan leaves in a small pot. Pour in the coconut milk and stir in the sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Immediately cover, reduce the heat to very low, and barely simmer for 15 minutes. If using fresh coconut milk, be careful not to let it come to a boil.

3. Drain the rice. Remove the pandan leaves from the coconut milk and discard. Raise the heat from very low to low, mix in the rice, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir the rice until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Scoop into a bowl, mix in the beans, and set aside to cool. The rice will be firm and
undercooked.

4. Assemble the Dumplings: Line a tray with a kitchen towel and have ready the rice mixture, bananas, bananaleaf squares, and the ties.

5. Peel the bananas and split each one into 4 equal pieces by cutting them both crosswise and lengthwise. You will have 8 banana slices.

6. Lay flat 1 large banana-leaf square, smooth side up, then place a smaller leaf square, smooth side up, diagonally on top of the large square. Center 2 rounded tablespoons of the rice mixture on top of the stacked leaves and spread it out into a 4 x 2-inch rectangle. Gently press a piece of banana into the rice mixture. The length of the banana should not be longer than the 4-inch length of the rice rectangle. Top with 1 tablespoon of the rice mixture. Fold over one corner of the stacked leaves. Fold over the opposite corner. Fold the ends of the leaves over as firmly as you can to create a neat, rectangular package. Tie to secure the folds, place the package on the lined tray, and repeat until you have 8 packages.

7. Steam the Dumplings: Remove the basket from the steamer pot, add 2 inches of water to the pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Arrange the packages in the basket, then place the basket in the pot. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and steam for 1 hour. Check the water level halfway through the cooking and replenish with boiling water as needed.

8. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully remove the basket and place it on a folded kitchen towel. Let the khao tom mat cool slightly, cut off the strings (unless you are freezing the dumplings), and serve. They can also be served at room temperature. It’s best not to open the packages too soon, and to peel back the leaves just before eating so they stay moist and warm. Khao tom mat can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen (unopened) for up to 6 months. Reheat them in a steamer pot or use the Steamer Plate Setup. If reheating frozen khao tom mat, allow them to thaw before steaming.

© Recipe courtesy of Wai Hon Chu

Leaf-Wrapped Rice and Banana Bundles

Thai Chicken & Coconut Green Herb Curry Soup

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil, for sautéing
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon lemongrass, chopped fine
3 limes, zest and juice
1 large red onion, chopped
4 chicken breasts sliced into thick, long slices about 1 inch wide and the length of the breast
2 large leeks, chopped
1 large orange pepper, chopped in large pieces
1 large red pepper, chopped in large pieces
Salt
Pepper
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges, for garnish

PREPARATION

In heavy stew pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sauté garlic, ginger, chilies, lemongrass, onions and lime zest and cook until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add chicken and sauté another few minutes trying to brown the chicken a bit. Add leeks and stir well. Add orange and yellow pepper and continue to sauté mixture for another few minutes. Add lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Add coconut milk; bring to a boil and let cook for about 3 minutes on high heat. Reduce heat to simmer. Add chicken stock and stir well. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Add cilantro and stir well just before serving.

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