So easy and simple to prepare! Thai black beans in coconut milk, is a delicious combo of creaminess and nuttiness in every spoonful!
There are tons of Thai desserts with coconut milk – actually, not just desserts. Coconut milk has got to be one of the staples of Thai cooking, and I completely understand why. It’s a versatile ingredient that works so well for both sweet and savory dishes – it’s creamy, rich and a bit nutty (or is it just me …? 🙂 ).
HOW TO MAKE THAI BLACK BEANS IN COCONUT MILK
Traditionally, dried black beans are used for making this dish. However, if you are pressed for time, I see no harm in using black beans in can as an alternative.
WHICH ONE SHOULD I USE, CANNED BLACK BEANS OR DRIED BLACK BEANS?
If you have the time to spare, I would say go ahead and use dried black beans. I have used and compared both types, and I personally think dried beans give this Thai dessert a more ‘earthy’ flavor.
Be mindful though, you would have to add at least three hours in the total time when you use dried beans. Two hours for soaking, and at least an hour for cooking. But you know what? It is worth it. 🙂
CAN I USE COCONUT CREAM INSTEAD OF COCONUT MILK?
Yep, I do this sometimes when I only have coconut cream at home. But, you would have to add an extra 1/3 cup of water to thin it out a bit.
HOW DO I SERVE BLACK BEANS IN COCONUT MILK?
Warm, for sure. It’s quite tempting to start eating it once it’s out of the heat. But trust me, wait for it to slightly cool down. (Yep, I learned this the hard way 🙂 ).
Whether you are looking for a black beans dessert, or a coconut milk dessert recipe, this dish would tick all the boxes for you. It doesn’t even matter if it’s the height of summer, a bowl of Thai black beans in coconut milk is ALWAYS a good idea!
For another easy-to-prepare dessert, check out my post on this Italian classic.
- 1 cup black beans, cooked
- 1 & 2/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup palm sugar, or light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
Combine black beans and coconut milk in a small to medium sized pan. Set to medium heat.
Bring to a boil.
Add sugar and salt. Stir. Adjust taste (if desired) by adding more sugar (or more salt).
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.