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Replacement for Coconut Milk in Curry

Asked by An Vanderdonckt. Answered on 9th March 2012

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Dear Team Nigella, I started making the recipes from Nigella Express and I want to make the Red Prawn and Mango Curry (page 15). However, I really don't like the taste of coconut milk. Is there maybe a replacement you can suggest? Thanks!

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If you don't like the taste of coconut milk (or some people also avoid coconut milk as it has a high fat content) then you could use either soy milk or almond milk as alternatives. However make sure that you use an unsweetened, unflavoured version of these milks.

One of the drawbacks of using soy or almond milk as a substitiute is that they have a slightly thinner consistency than coconut milk. In the Red Prawn and Mango Curry it probably won't matter too much as the sauce in the curry is fairly thin anyway. However if you would like to thicken it slightly then whisk 1 teaspoon of cornflour (cornstarch) into the milk before you add it to the curry and stir the sauce as it comes up to the boil.

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