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Recipe: Bananas in Coconut Milk

This is a typical Thai dessert. Choose bananas that are not too ripe as they need to hold their shape after cooking. This simple dessert is traditionally eaten warm, and sometimes as a snack. Remember to treat coconut milk as you would fresh milk or cream and refrigerate any that is left over. The addition of salt is important as it balances the sweetness of the sauce with the richness of the coconut milk.


4 bananas (cut each into 4 or 6 pieces)
400ml Mai Siam Coconut Milk
56g Mai Siam Palm Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

Cooking Method

Serves 4

Peel the bananas and cut each into half lengthways and then across its length to make 4 or 6 pieces.

Heat the coconut milk in a pan and add the palm sugar and salt.

Simmer gently until the sugar has melted. Do not cover the pot with its lid.

Gently add the banana to the coconut milk and simmer until bananas are soft. This should take about 2 minutes.

Take care to keep the bananas submerged or they will change colour.

Adjust sugar and salt to taste.

Serve immediately in shallow bowls, allowing one banana per person.