I love coconuts and grew up eating them in various forms - Soft coconut cream and water from young green coconuts, chewing coconut peices from older drier coconuts. Also eating sliced super dry coconuts (called Kopra in India) which tasted more like candy then like coconut.
I use coconuts to make curry - shrimp and chicken. I also use it as a cooking base for basmati rice. I add veggies and aromatics to the rice and then add coconut milk and chicken stock and cook the rice in it.
I make soups with corn and coconut with fresh lime juice, cilantro, birds eye chilli and green onion which is silky smooth and delish especially in the cold Chicago winters.
The other thing that is my absolute favorite and I have shared before on this site is a coconut corrainder chutney that is very popular in India.
1 cup of coconut (cut into chunks)
2 bunches of cilantro (washed and roughly chopped)
3 cloves of garlic
juice of 2 limes
salt to taste
2 jalapeno peppers
Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth (add very little water if any). Store in an airtight container in the fridge. We eat this as a dipping sauce with appetizers we make or as a topping on a peice of pan fried or grilled fish.
I also have shared a recipe for a coconut barfi that I make with grated coconut, ricotta cheese, condensed milk, sugar, milk powder, butter and cardamom. It's all cooked down until all liquid evaporates. You then pour it in a pyrex pan, let it set, cut into peices and serve. Its like a rich coconut fudge.
I hear all the time how bad coconut is for you but hey I love it and use it and have never had a cholestrol problem yet from consuming loads of it