Coconut milk, or gata, is a ubiquitous ingredient in Filipino cuisine. Pour some into your stews and braises for added creaminess, whip up a fantastic dessert with it, or pour it over your coffee. Gata is also a great option for a dairy-free milk substitution!
1 Cook your rice in gata.
This neat cooking tip is obvious: if you want fragrant, fluffy steamed rice, incorporate a little gata into the mix before steaming! Replace 1/3 of your water content with coconut milk, and immediately fluff after steaming. Use this in fried rice or rice bowl recipes!
2 Make dairy-free popsicles.
Gata freezes into wonderfully creamy, melty popsicles! Pair this heavy-on-the-tongue milk with fresh and vibrant flavors like calamansi, lemon, strawberries, and mangoes! Or, make a tropical version of cookies and cream popsicles: Mix 1 can of coconut milk, 20 lightly crushed Oreos, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt together. Pour into popsicles molds and freeze overnight. To decorate, dip in chocolate ganache and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes.
3 Whip it into fluffy coconut cream.
Looking for a lighter, healthier substitute for heavy whipping cream? Top your desserts with whipped coconut milk instead. Place 1 can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Scoop out the thickened coconut milk and whip with a hand mixer for 1 minute.
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