A few weeks ago while out with a friend I asked if she knew where in Lagos I could purchase coconut flour, this was after a long conversation about healthy living while attending the opening of a new health food store in Lagos. In true Namaste Organics fashion, she quickly replied “make it yourself girl!” This was so not the answer I was after, given it would require me to do extra work in the kitchen, which with the heat in Lagos at the time of our conversation, felt daunting. But, I decided to take her up on this challenge. In thinking about it more I realised how many great possibilities there were with this amazing nut – the coconut – and all the by-products that you can create from it for your cooking. So this is part one of a multi-part series about the awesome things you can do with coconuts.
What can I say about Coconut milk? Well it’s amazing, nutritious and with the abundance of coconuts in Nigeria readily available. However! Yes, coconut milk has one slightly not so great downside in that 1 cup of this stuff packs 552 calories, 479 of which come from fat. Can I hear a big sigh?! Yes, this is what I found from my research so I would consume this milk with caution. I love curries and coconut milk is the base for many Asian curries Thai, Indian, Malay – all of which I adore so this one is an eye opener for me. Thank goodness I eat them on occasion. Coconut milk is also used to make Nigerian (more like Ibibio and Efik) coconut rice, which was one of the the first recipes I blogged about.