It is a common misconception that coconut milk is the fluid that comes out of the coconut fruit when it is cut open. In truth, this fluid is the coconut water. Coconut milk is an entirely different substance that is made from the creamy-white flesh that is found in a thick layer along the coconut’s inner walls.
To make coconut milk, the coconut flesh is first finely grated and steeped in hot water. After the steeping is done, it is pressed through a cheesecloth. The liquid that comes out is the coconut milk.
In many ways, coconut milk is more akin to cream than to conventional dairy-based milk. A single one-cup serving of this milk has 445 calories and 43 grams of saturated fat. While this may sound bad, these saturated fats come in the form of fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides, both of which are very easy for your body to burn and use as fuel. The medium-chain triglycerides are particularly beneficial, as they can be digested without bile acids. If you’re looking to lose weight, the fats found in coconut milk can actually increase your metabolism and facilitate weight loss in a low-calorie diet. If you’re looking to improve your heart health, the fatty acids can serve to kill the bacteria that cause plaque in your arteries.
At MokSHA’s Bellevue Indian restaurant, you can enjoy the benefits of coconut milk in our tomato-coconut shorba and other delicious South Indian-style dishes. Come and experience the great taste and superior nutrition today!