Can you reheat coconut milk curry?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you reheat coconut milk curry?”, discuss what coconut milk is, and the best way to reheat coconut milk curry.

Can you reheat coconut milk curry?

Yes, you can reheat coconut milk curry. Coconut milk is not a dairy product so it does not go bad as fast as milk or cream would do. Refrigerated coconut curry can last for about 3-7 days given that it was stored properly.

Before reheating coconut milk curry, it should be inspected first to make sure that it has not gone bad. This can be done by looking at its texture and giving it a little taste test. Alternatively you can smell it to see if it is giving off a bad odor. 

Coconut milk alters its taste to slightly sour when it has been spoiled. The texture may also seem either clumpy or too watery.

Coconut milk is added to curry to give it a thick, rich, and creamy texture. In addition, coconut milk gives the curry a very mild subtle flavor profile as well.

Remember to not leave out the coconut curry for more than 2 hours. It will start to spoil after 2 hours and bacteria will start to grow on it.

Only take out the amount of coconut curry that you want to eat and place the rest of it back in the fridge so that it lasts longer. Try not to reheat the curry more than once as it may start to split up.

What is coconut milk?

Coconut milk, unlike dairy milk, is made from fresh coconut flesh. It is flavorful with much less fat content as compared to dairy milk.

It is made by firstly grating the white flesh of mature brown coconuts. Then this flesh is soaked in hot water or boiled for some time after which the mixture is placed inside a cheesecloth and strained. 

This strained coconut milk has a thick consistency. It is sometimes processed further until desired consistency is achieved. 

Coconut milk is available at almost all grocery stores. It can also be made at home fresh when there is no availability in the market. Just buy some fresh brown mature coconuts and make your own coconut milk at home.

It is very beneficial for health, especially for those who have high cholesterol. Coconut milk is said to reduce LDL and increase HDL improving the good cholesterol levels. Lower cholesterol levels also mean a healthy heart. 

Additionally there has been research that proves that coconut milk can also help reduce inflammation and swelling.

Since it’s low in fats, it is also a great alternative for people trying to lose weight. It goes really well with milkshakes and protein shakes.

Thai curries, be it yellow, green, or red, use coconut milk as an ingredient to make the base sauce creamy.

Coconut milk is also lactose free unlike other forms of dairy milk so it is a very suitable alternative for people who are lactose intolerant and are unable to digest lactose.

It is available in low-fat and high-fat variants in stores.

How to properly reheat coconut curry

Since coconut milk has a very slim fat content, it tends to curdle  or split up if exposed to high temperatures. Small or large curds start forming in it.

This is why you should never let it boil. Reheat the curry at low to medium flame while constantly stirring so that it does not boil. Constant stirring also helps blend the curds back in. 

Additionally, add 1 tablespoon of cornflour to some water and make a paste. Add this paste to the curry slowly while stirring. Corn Flour helps bring the whole mixture together. 

Reheating the coconut curry in a microwave oven is also a great option. Put the curry in an oven safe container which has a lid. Stop the microwave and stir the curry at regular intervals to ensure that it does not stick to the sides of the container. 

Learn all about reheating curry here.

Other FAQs about Coconut that you may be interested in.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you reheat coconut milk curry?”, discussed what coconut milk is, and the best way to reheat coconut milk curry.


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