From tea to dessert, 5 coconut-based recipes to turn up your tropical spirit this weekend

From tea to dessert, 5 coconut-based recipes to turn up your tropical spirit this weekend
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Kerala is known for its abundant coconut palms and a cuisine rich with dishes containing the tropical fruit in its many forms. The use of coconut in Kerala cuisine not only adds flavour and texture but also reflects the state's rich agricultural landscape. It's an integral part of the culinary heritage and contributes to the uniqueness of Kerala's gastronomy.

Coconut offers a unique and delicious taste, and incorporating it into your diet can provide various potential benefits. It contains essential nutrients, including vitamins (such as vitamin C & B) and minerals (like potassium, magnesium, and iron). These nutrients play vital roles in supporting overall health and well-being.

Coconut can be used in various forms in cooking, including coconut milk, coconut oil, shredded coconut, and coconut flour. It adds a rich, creamy, and tropical flavour to dishes, desserts, and beverages. This versatility allows for creative and nutritious culinary creations.

This weekend, try out these five coconut-based delicacies, ranging from main course to dessert:

Coconut rice

Coconut rice
Coconut rice. Photo: Shutterstock/vm2002

Delicious and fragrant coconut rice could be prepared using any variety of rice including matta, kuruva, jeerakasala and basmati rice. There are many ways in which the dish could be prepared. The traditional method is to cook the rice in coconut milk. However, it could be prepared by adding grated coconut in the water in which the rice is cooked. While some add shallots others prefer onion. Tomatoes too could be added as per your taste. Here is an easy recipe for coconut rice.

Coconut milk tea

You can replace your regular tea with coconut milk tea, which is even yummier, thanks to the richness of coconut milk. Photo: Shutterstock/Towfiqu ahamed barbhuiya

Here's a simple way to take a step towards veganism if you want to start small, simple and yet delicious. You can replace your regular tea with coconut milk tea, which is even yummier. You can either make coconut milk from scratch or even use store-bought coconut milk to prepare this tea. Here's the recipe.

Easy coconut chutney to enjoy with appam

Easy coconut chutney to enjoy with appam

Check out this really easy coconut chutney recipe that could be made even if you do not have a mixer or traditional grinder at home. This chutney tastes amazing with soft appam.

Indulge in this soft coconut pudding made with just three ingredients

Coconut pudding
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Pudding, with its soft mousse-like texture, has always impressed sweet lovers. Here is an incredibly simple recipe for coconut pudding that could be made with just three ingredients. Moreover, baking is not required for this dessert. Check out the recipe.

Oat coconut cookies

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Who doesn't like cookies? And what if it's healthy? This easy recipe for oat coconut cookies will take you back to your childhood days.

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