Simple Curry with Homemade Coconut Milk

Last night we fell back on a recent favorite.  However, due to the guar gum present in most commercially canned coconut milk, I decided to try and make my own!

Slight rant, why oh why do places that can coconut milk have to add guar gum?  It’s so annoying!  It’s used as a binder, thickener and in some cases volumizer.  In the case of our coconut milk, it’s used to keep it from separating (binder). Lovely.

I’ve read of a couple of different ways to make coconut milk and I tried one of them last night.  I’ll try the other another night.  I combined two cups shredded coconut with 4 cups boiling water.  I then let it sit and cool for 15 minutes.  After that, I put the whole thing in the blender and set it on “liquify”.  After that, I strained it through a cheesecloth.  It made about 2 1/2 cups.

I can’t take credit for the recipe.  My friend Amanda gave it to us after we raved about her cooking!

Curry Recipe:


1lb boneless skinless chicken breast

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

4 medium carrots

1-2 sweet peppers

1 medium onion

1 tsp olive oil

2 tsp curry powder

1/2 cup golden raisins

2 cups coconut milk

2 tbsp cilantro (or more!)
Cut chicken into 1 in pieces.
Combine salt and pepper.
Coat chicken in 1/2 of it.
Cook chicken in skillet with olive oil.
Set chicken aside.
Add more oil to skillet and saute carrots, peppers, and onion for 5 minutes or until tender crisp, stirring occasionally.
Stir curry powder, raisins, coconut milk, and remaining salt/pepper mixture and add to skillet.
Add chicken and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken (usually it thickens a little, for some reason mine last night didn’t).

Serve with cilantro!  We also served it over kidney beans but it’s also great with lentil beans or rice if you’re not SCD!






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