14 October 2010

Ginataang Mais (corn in coconut milk)

It was that time of the week again.  Cooking with Mum.

I love learning about Filipino cuisine through my mum and nearly every week we cook up a Filipino storm.  This week we made Ginataang Mais. (Corn in coconut milk).  Every household has their version and this is my mum's.

To make the coconut milk.  Take 3 coconuts and split in half.  You can reserved the coconut water for drinking or cooking.

Grate the coconut.  My dad has had this contraption for many years.  Longer than I can remember, actually.

Place the grated coconut into a large bowl and add 2 cups of hot water and squeeze the coconut to extract coconut milk.  This is the first extraction. Set this aside to use later.  Now add 1 litre of hot water and extract.  Repeat this process to get 2 litres of coconut milk.

Pour the coconut milk into a large pot and bring to the boil.  When boiling add 2 cups of washed glutinous rice.

Add 2 cups of fresh corn kernels.  Simmer on a gentle heat, mixing once in a while.  If you find it drying a little and the rice is not yet cooked, you can add water or more coconut milk.  Add 1 1/2 cup sugar and stir.

Add the first extraction and bring to the boil again.  It should be thick and luscious and the rice and the corn should be tender.

This makes a big pot but I don't think you will have any problems finishing it.  It's very moorish.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ A cupcake or two said...

Ginataan Mais is one of my favourites. I love your coconut grater. I got one for Trissa. It's the best thing and it's so cheap.

/* */ cusinera said...

That looks so yummy, and sooo authentic with the freshly extracted coconut milk...I can imagine it would be more fragrant than canned version=)

/* */ Trissa said...

I'm impressed that you made your guinataan from scratch! I have a coconut grater but I normally buy canned coconut cream... Tell your Mom thanks for sharing the recipe.

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Fresh coconut! Impressive. I tried it once and really... too hard and where did you get such nice young coconut?

/* */ Olive said...

oh the kudkuran, I remember my mom has one, I tried using it when I was a kid, without success ..lol I use fresh coconut milk with my guinataang mais too because it's the best but I buy the coconut already grated. :)

/* */ Vita Coco said...

Preserve the coconut water :)

/* */ Zico said...

You can get coconut water bottled.

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