Thai bananas in coconut milk recipe is easy and fun to make. A delicious way to end your Thai meal. Thai desserts often include some type of fruit.
Thailand is known for its exotic fresh fruits and coconut milk is often used in many of their delicious recipes. Bananas of course are grown in their tropical climate and even come in different colors and sizes.
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It is called either Kluai buat chi or Kluay bod Chii and is a classic Thai dessert. Garnish it with a few sesame seeds and a piece of a pandan leaf for a nice presentation.
We made this Thai bananas in coconut milk recipe at the cooking class in Chiang Mai so you can be assured this is an authentic Thai popular dish.
Pandan Leaves: You may have to make a trip to your local Asian market to pick up some pandan leaves. They are popular throughout Southeast Asia and often used in dessert recipes. It imparts a unique flavor when you add it to the coconut milk and water while it is heating up. This dish can be made ahead and served at room temperature.
Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream can be used but we made ours with a combination of coconut milk and water. Of course ideally you can make your own from a fresh coconut but if that is not possible just use it out of a box or can.
Thai bananas come in many forms you could use baby bananas, Cavendish bananas or lady finger bananas just make sure they are nice and ripe bananas. The smaller bananas seem to have better flavor than large bananas.
Palm Sugar is another ingredient that you will need. It usually comes in a brick or little discs when you buy them at the Asian market and then they can be grated. You could alway use brown sugar, white sugar or even coconut sugar in a pinch but palm sugar adds a lovely caramelized flavor that is slightly different.
Toasted sesame seeds are also something you can find at your Asian market. They are sprinkled on as a garnish and add a nice texture to it.
A few notes on making the banana dessert
When you mix coconut milk and water along with the Pandan leaves into the medium saucepan or small pot you will want to bring it up to medium heat. Avoid high heat while bringing it up to temperature. This allows the pandan to flavor the milk properly.
Banana slices are added and just cook them until tender and soft so they add a lovely sweet flavor to the coconut milk dessert.
Make sure to add a pandan leaf to the finished dish Thai people always serve their food taking extra care in the presentation.
I am sure you will love this Thai coconut milk recipe and will serve it often, so quick and easy.
More Authentic Thai dishes
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Thai Bananas in Coconut Milk Recipe
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp palm sugar
- 4 bananas ripe
- 2 pandan leaf cut into 1 inch pieces except saving two longer ones for garnish
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- in a medium sauce pan pour in the coconut milk, water, Pandan Leaves stir to combine. Heat gently over medium heat
- Add in the bananas and cook until soft.
- Add salt to taste
- Serve with some sesame seeds on top
- Garnish with a folded pandan leaf and even a flower