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Jan 12, 2012 07:33 PM

coconut milk substituted with regular milk

when making chicken curry and the recipe calls for coconut milk, can I substitute regular milk?
I'm not concerned with being "authentic"

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  1. No. The flavor will be way off. I think it would be quite nasty, frankly.

    1. You would be better off picking a curry that is not based on coconut.

      1. no, not cow milk. Almond milk makes a decent curry but it lacks the richness and mouthfeel of coconut milk.
        why don't you want to us coconut milk?

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        1. re: magiesmom

          I was wondering if it would make a difference since coconut milk didn't have much taste to it on my first experience. My dish turne out great.
          Also, we don't all live in cities close to grocery stores.

          1. re: sylvan

            I live in a town of 900 people, so not a city, and not very near a city, but we are blessed to have a general store that has al kinds of wonderful things.

        2. It depends on if you're making an Indian curry or a Southest Asian curry. A lot of Indian curries are made with dairy, like yogurt. The flavor profile will be different than with coconut milk, so you can't do an outright substitution, but you can look up recipes for yogurt based Indian curries if you need help making adjustments.

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          1. re: AsperGirl

            sounds very tastey, I'll look up some recipes with yogurt based Indian curries

          2., don't do it. I agree that the almond milk might be a passable alternate. It just probably won't taste as good.

            I'd be curious also to know what the problem is with coconut...certainly not availability since you can pretty much find it in any supermarket these days.

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            1. re: The Professor

              no prob with coconut milk here, The Professor. But if I forget it on my list when I'm at the grocery store 55 miles away, I was wondering if I could use regular milk, that's all