Pumpkin in Coconut Milk: Fak Thong Kaeng Buet

Halloween is coming soon and this is also the pumpkin season of the year. Thus, it’s time for an easy Thai dessert recipe. Today, I’d like to present you pumpkin in coconut milk (Fak Thong Kaeng Buet, ฟักทองแกงบวด). It’s easy to prepare, the main ingredients are of course pumpkin and coconut milk. Hence, this recipe is similar to bananas in coconut milk (Kluai Buad Chi) if you remember this one 🙂

Pumpkin in coconut milk

pumpkin in coconut milk (photo credit: cooking-kapook.com)

pumpkin in coconut milk (photo credit: cooking-kapook.com)

Here is what you need to prepare 4 portions:

  • 500g pumpkin
  • 5 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (as to taste, you may also take less sugar)
  • 1TSP salt
  • lime water


Wash the pumpkin and cut it into bite-size pieces. Then soak the pumpkin pieces in lime water for about 30 minutes. Take a pot and bring the coconut milk to a boil. Add in the pumpkin and boil until it is cooked. Then put in the palm sugar, sugar and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt are well dissolved. You’re ready to serve!

This recipe comes from the amazing cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to prepare this easy Thai dessert.

Hope you’ll give pumpkin in coconut milk a try! 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)

Thai Dessert: Bananas in Coconut Milk (Kluai Buad Chi) กล้วยบวชชี


Kluai Buad Chi (กล้วยบวชชี), bananas in coconut milk, is the first Thai dessert that I’ve ever prepared for myself because it’s very easy to make and you only need a few ingredients.

My first try on banana dessert in coconut milk (Kluai Buad Chi) did not turn out perfect since my coconut milk was to thick and creamy. Hence, the dessert was too thick and the bananas could not move in there 😉
This was because I only had the creamy part of the coconut milk but not the watery part of it.

Well, let me tell you something more about Kluai Buad Chi, (‘Kluai’ is the Thai word for banana): First of all, it can be considered a very common Thai dessert that is completely vegan.

Bananas in coconut milk

thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk

Thai dessert: bananas in coconut milk (photo credit: Pinterest)

This Thai bananas in coconut milk dessert is usually made with a special type of banana, most commonly small (baby) bananas are used. The banana type used for this dessert is called ‘kluay nam wa’ (musa sapientum). However, you can also use other types of sweet banana for this recipe. Further, you will of course need coconut milk, brown or white sugar as you prefer, a pint of salt and a pandan leaf but this last ingredient is optional.

First, you need to shortly cook the bananas in water (approx. 10 min) and then peel and cut them. Then you prepare the coconut milk and add about a cup of sugar (a bit more or less as you like) and your pint of salt. You can also add a pandan leaf for good taste and aroma but this is optional. Then add your bananas into the pot and let cook with the coconut milk for about 10 minutes. Finally, add the creamy part of the coconut milk. And you’re ready to serve!

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

Homemade bananas in coconutmilk (photo taken by myself)

I’d like to round this post off by inserting a very nice video on how to make our Thai dessert Kluai Buad Chi, bananas in coconut milk.

It’s by Alif Silpachai who has an interesting and inspiring Thai linguistics and language YouTube channel. Thus, if you are a learner of Thai, you can also learn some Thai words here while preparing your easy Thai dessert!

Check this out and have fun making Kluai Buad Chi! By the way, if you’ve acquired a taste for bananas and coconut now, you may also want to try a Thai style smoothie with bananas, coconut & pineapple 😉


(For more information about Thai desserts, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)