How to make fresh coconut-milk (Tui la nazi)

From left (clockwise): Grated coconut, coconut shells, and fresh coconut milk.



I have decided to make this video to show visitors from abroad how to make coconut milk the easy way; but also, for those who like organic ingredients,  you don’t have to spoil your recipe by adding canned or powder coconut milk. This is very easy, and you can get the coconut grater from any Asian store. If they don’t have one, ask them to import for you. Most of the stores will be glad to order one for you.

The following is East African coconut grater:


  14 comments for “How to make fresh coconut-milk (Tui la nazi)

  1. April 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM


  2. CM
    November 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    it would help if you taught us what a good coconut for milk making should be. in the usa i’ve been through too many bad coconuts….

    there are some very light light brown ones i’ve tried. i will shake it and hear for lots of water inside. however when we break and taste the water it tastes spoiled. even with many dark brown coconuts the same problem is there. i’m not sure if taping it to hear for a certain sound i think the sound needs to be high pitched not low pitched to get the right coconut i think….

    • November 27, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      You are right CM, many store in USA do sell bad coconut. The best thing is buy from Asian stores. It is rare to get a bad coconut from an Asian store. I did go through that a few years ago and it is upsetting. Also keep your receipt and return it immediately. There was a time I started to request the store to break it for me before leaving the store. If it was bad then they would give me a new one right there.

      Mingi Love

  3. CM
    November 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    -you mentioned you need to soak it for 1 hour in the 1 cup of water for gratings from 2 coconuts? because in the video you didn’t wait for it to soak. but we must wait for it to soak?

    -do you think if we were to use cold water to soak we’ll get more oil?

    -when grating your coconut should we avoid the brown skin that sometimes comes off of the shell? when i got that into my milk
    it makes the milk muddy.

    -yes, what do you do with all those gratings?

    -when making a vegetable dish do you use the whole milk or
    you skim off the cream on the top of that milk? or is the cream only skimmed off for desert? i see from your picture
    the cream has risen to the top.

    -it would also help if you made a video on how to make coconut oil.
    and what do you do with those bits that sink to the bottom of the

    • November 27, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      You got it wrong. You soak the coconut before breaking.

      In Tanzania often people do grate with a little bit of the brown skin. It does not matter unless you over do.

      With vegetables, use what you prefer. If you want strong coconut taste, use cream.

      I will ad coconut oil in the list of video.

  4. Tara
    July 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Hi there, I just came across your videos on YouTube and I’m so glad I did. I’ve recently gone dairy free am just now learning about the wonders of coconut. Is there any possible way you can do a video on how to make coconut creme? Or is it basically the same thing as milk? Thanks so much for showing me a different way of cooking.

    • August 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Yes I will Tara, it is the same process. I need to explain better in next video.

  5. Andy
    March 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Thank you so much for this video. We just made our first batch of coconut milk!

    Do you do anything with the liquid from inside the coconut?

    Also, are you able to use the coconut shavings afterward or are they garbage?

    Thank you!

    • March 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Dear Andy,

      Yes you can use the liquids inside as a drink with some ice, it is very healthy. You can add some Vodka but goes well with Malibu
      You can use the coconut shavings to make “kashata”, I will have kashata recipe in the book.

  6. November 29, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Hi Miriam, i had never tried to make fresh coconut milk myself and from now on i am going to make it.
    Thank you for this post.
    By the way i have recommended this recipe in my website.
    Great Job.

  7. jane wamaitha
    October 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    thanks miriam i found it and made one. my family enjoyed! God bless u.

  8. jane wamaitha
    September 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    am from kenya and i really love your recipes, kind post one for pilau from tanzania, you have changed my style of cooking. may God bless you.

    • October 4, 2011 at 8:51 PM

      Pilau video is in the list of December Recipes. Keep visiting Jane. Asante

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