How To Make Curry Without Coconut Milk

When you don't have gata, you can do this instead.

The curry dish that we know and love is a delicious combination of a mild yellow curry spice mix added to a chicken and simmered with gata or coconut milk. This heartwarming dish is delicious, comforting, and extra creamy, thanks to coconut milk. 

Gata is extremely perishable just like other coconut products. It needs to be used within the day that you get it from the palengke. That’s why packaged coconut milk and coconut cream are so convenient! These are shelf-stable ingredients that make dishes that use coconut milk such as curry an easy dish to make at a moment’s notice. You just have to have it in stock in your kitchen. 

However, even stocks in the supermarket can easily run out. If you’re faced with the prospect of curry without coconut milk, have faith. You can make curry without gata.

Did you know that not all curry recipes use coconut milk as an ingredient? In fact, some use yogurt instead for its delicious combination of tang and creaminess. Some don’t use any dairy or creamy ingredients at all. One great example is the jungle curry. It’s a Thai curry that uses water as the base of its soup. It’s more spicy and hot than other curries but if this is the kind of you love, this is a great version to try. There are also other styles of Indian curry recipes such as the chicken jalfrezi which uses tomatoes as its base. 

You might be wondering what these curries without coconut milk would taste like. It tastes just as delicious but in a different way because the wonderful thing about making curry without the gata is that you get to taste the spices better. There is no ingredient to interfere with the potent flavor of the spices. 

Want to try a curry recipe without gata? Try these simply delicious curry recipes: 

Photo by Majoy Siason

1 Easy Indian Curry Recipe 

A curry can be super delicious without gata and in this recipe, it’s the tomatoes and the yogurt that make it super tasty. 

2 Aloo Gobi or Potato-Cauliflower Curry Recipe  

Let the potatoes and cauliflower be the star of the table with this vegetable curry. The mix of spices are all enhanced when heated in the oil and flavors each potato chunk and cauliflower floret.  

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

3 Vegetable Curry with Beef Recipe   

This easy recipe is made even more flavorful with the addition of beef. Tenderize the beef ahead of time and use its broth to simmer and cook the vegetables in this meaty version of a simple curry.   


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