Dried Coconut

Gluten Free Tropical Pina-Coco-Nut Fruitcake

Gluten Free Tropical Pina-Coco-Nut Fruitcake
Gluten Free Tropical Pina-Coco-Nut Fruitcake
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Servings: 12 small loaves and 6 muffins or 24-30 muffins
Preparation Time: 2 hours

  • 1 1/2 cups grated organic apples
  • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons candied (with honey) orange rinds
  • 1 cup dried pineapple chunks
  • 4 cups mixed and diced dried fruits: raisins, mango, figs, bananas, apples, cherries, cranberries, pears,
    blueberries, etc.

Mix everything together thoroughly, press firmly into molds.

Bake at 325° for 25 – 40 minutes, depending on whether loaves or muffins are selected. Watch carefully.

Remove from oven and allow to fully cool before removing from molds. Enjoy with cold milk.

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No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts

No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts
No Bake Lemon Coconut Macadamia Tarts
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 30 minutes


Lemon Ginger Chocolate Mousse:

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt

Combine all the crust ingredients in a large food processor. Process until mostly smooth, scraping down the sides when necessary.

Transfer the nut mix to a plastic wrap lined baking sheet and smooth out into one large “crust” using the flat edge of a spatula.

Chill for 30-60 minutes, until “set.”

Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass jar, cut out tartlet rounds. Transfer the rounds to a wax paper or parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for 2-3 hours, until hard.

For the mousse, melt the chocolate in a double boiler until silky smooth. Transfer to a high speed blender, along with the rest of the ingredients. Process until silky smooth.

Serve mousse over tarts.

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Tisrayanche Suke / Goan Clams Dry

Tisrayanche Suke Goan Clams Dry
Tisrayanche Suke / Goan Clams Dry
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 50 minutes

  • 1.1 pounds fresh clams
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 green or red chilis (not dry) slit into halves
  • 4-5 Kokum / Gracinia indica
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • some water

Open clams into halves using a sharp knife. Then lift all the flesh from one shell, and drop it in the other and discard the shell with no flesh. Repeat for all the remaining clams.

Wash clams well in pure water 3-4 times then coat in turmeric powder and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a heavy bottom vessel, add these clams, and cook uncovered on medium high heat for 5 minutes, stir occasionally. (If you feel the clams are too dry, then add a tablespoon of water. Usually you do not require water for this.)

Now add dried coconut, chopped onions, slit chilis, and red chili powder. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 10-15 minutes. Check in between for dryness. Add water if required but keep in mind this recipe needs to be very dry. After 15 minutes, add kokum and salt to taste.

Mix well and cook another 2 minutes then switch off the stove. Serve with fish curry rice.

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Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option

Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option
Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option
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Servings: 50 (2.5 – 3 quarts)
Preparation Time: 45 minutes

  • 3 bags fresh cranberries, rinsed, washed, and inspected
  • 2 oranges, washed, zested, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 3 pears, ripe but not overripe, washed and cored
  • 2 small raw beets, scrubbed, not peeled
  • 5 slices fresh ginger root, or 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 2 sweet crisp apples (Gala, Fuji, Yellow Delicious, Honeycrisp — not Granny Smith or Red Delicious), washed and cored
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen-and-thawed papaya
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen-and-thawed pineapple
  • 2 cups dried fruit — raisins, dates, prunes, apricots, etc.
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 cloves, ground, makes about 1 teaspoon
  • ¼ whole nutmeg, grated, makes about ½ teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid whey, optional

Using a food processor for all steps, first process the cranberries in 2 batches to a fine mince; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Wash and zest 2 oranges, add zest into the bowl. Then peel, roughly chop, and process the oranges; add to bowl.

Process 3 pears to a chunky sauce; add to mixing bowl; mix immediately to let the orange juice prevent oxidation (browning). Fresh stevia leaves may be processed and added at this step, optional.

Process beets + ginger to fine mince; add to bowl and mix. (If you’re using dried ginger powder, add it directly to the bowl.)

Process 2 apples to fine mince; add to bowl and mix.

Add shredded coconut to bowl; mix. If you have only coconut chips or coconut flakes, grind these in the food processor until they’re small.

Process papaya + pineapple to small chunks/sauce. If both are raw, or both frozen, you can do them together. Otherwise, process fresh/frozen individually.

Process dried fruit to a thick paste. If it’s too thick to process, add back into the processor a quarter-cup of what’s already in the mixing bowl to thin it down.

Add cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to the bowl. Allspice and cardamom also work well, if preferred.

Stir in molasses; mix well.

Add sweetener of choice, either raw honey or maple syrup, to taste.

Transfer contents of mixing bowl to glass jars and refrigerate.

Serve chilled.

Optional fermentation step:

Add in 2 tablespoons liquid whey. This can be strained from (non-Greek) yogurt, using a cheesecloth. Mix well.

Transfer cranberry sauce to jars. Cap loosely, set on plates or in bowls (in case of any overflow), and leave in a shaded corner of your counter-top for 1-2 days.

The friendly bacteria from the whey will proliferate in the cranberry sauce, pre-digest it slightly, produce lots of additional vitamins, and preserve it from any pathogenic bacteria. Plus, the flavors marry better while it sits.

After a day or two, tighten caps and transfer jars to fridge. Cranberry sauce thus preserved will keep for many months.

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Mamaw’s Pecan-Coconut “Papaya” Pie

Mamaws Pecan-Coconut Papaya Pie
Mamaw’s Pecan-Coconut “Papaya” Pie
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Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes



  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Blend crust ingredients together till crumbly using a pastry blender. Press firmly into pie pan.

Stir filling ingredients together, then pour into pie crust. May decorate with pecan halves if desired. Bake 30 minutes or until filling is set.

Serve warm or cold. May top with whipped cream.

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Recipe originally by Margaret Bird Burns, Terri’s Mamaw. Published with permission. 

Chettinad Goat Curry

Chettinad Goat Curry
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Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 pounds goat meat, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 5-6 green chilis, slit vertically
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 10-12 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste


  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 10-12 black pepper corns
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

Wash goat meat pieces 3-4 times with water. Drain the water and keep meat aside.

Dry roast all the spices, except chili powder, on medium high heat till fragrant. It takes about 2 minutes. Grind the roasted spices with grated coconut using a cup of water to make a smooth paste.
Add a tablespoon of coconut oil in pressure cooker and once it is heated, fry bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and a teaspoon of fennel seeds on medium high heat for 2 minutes. Add in chopped onions, slit green chilies and curry leaves. Saute till onion is nicely browned. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for few more seconds. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook until soft, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes on medium high heat. Add salt and turmeric powder. Add goat meat and mix well.

Cover the pressure cooker and cook for about 15 minutes. Let the pressure cooker release all the pressure before opening. Now add the prepared coconut paste. Mix and allow to simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. Add fresh cilantro, mix and simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with roti, naan or rice.

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Indian Coconut Rice Pulao

Indian Coconut Rice Pulao
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Servings: 2
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

  • 1 cup Basmati rice, or any long grain rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 knob ginger, finely grated or chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 medium size carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh peas
  • 1 tablespoon sliced cashews
  • 1/2 tablespoon shredded coconut

Homemade Fresh Coconut Milk:

*For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

Wash and clean the basmati rice 2-3 times in filtered water then soak for 30 minutes.

Prepare coconut milk, set aside.

Drain the soaked rice and add it to a rice cooker with the prepared coconut milk. (You can also use a pressure cooker or pot on the stovetop to cook the rice.)

In a small pan, add olive oil or coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add bay leaf, cardamom pods, cloves, black peppercorns, and sauté on low heat until it releases the aroma.

Add the cumin seeds. When the seeds stop to sizzle, add the grated or chopped ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Now add the chopped carrots and green peas. Sauté on medium heat for 3-4 minutes and then add this into the rice cooker.

Add water as required for the rice to cook. Cover the cooker with the lid and cook until done.

Meanwhile, in a small pan, add 2 teaspoons olive oil or coconut oil. Sauté the cashews and the shredded coconut for 2 minutes on low heat. Add this to the cooked rice. Combine well.

Serve coconut rice pulao with curry or green chutney.

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Coconut Banana Muffins

Coconut Banana Muffins
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter the muffin tins or use paper cup liners.

Whisk melted coconut oil and yogurt together, add bananas and sugar, mix well. Add beaten egg and vanilla and mix for 1 or 2 more minutes.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Fold flour mixture into banana mixture carefully, just until incorporated.

Fill muffin cups half full and sprinkle coconut flakes on top. Bake 13 to 16 minutes, until golden brown.

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