Few days ago a friend of mine asked me why I had a hammer among my cooking utensils: To cook, of course! I answered amusing myself whith her pluzzled-are-you-crazy-look. The thing is: one of my beloved ingredients is fresh coconut, and as simple as it is, the better way to have it is to buy the whole coconut and use a hammer to break the shell and detach the flesh.
Ok! It sounds like a lot of work, but it is totally worth. If you want to try it I can give you a few tips.
First take out the coconut water. There is three holes on the coconut, one of them is soft enogh to open with a pointy knife. Pour it in a glasse. You can drink it or save it for a recipe like Pisa Nariyal(coconut paste used in Indian food).
Second heat it in the burner, just a little bit, take out of fire and let it rest. After a little while it will probably crack.
Then hit it with a hammer until it breaks. Hit both side until the flesh detaches the shell.
Finally with a paring knife take of the brown skin.
Pisa Nariyal recipe.
• 1 coconut, peeled and grated
• coconut water (about 5 Tps)
Put the coconut and the water in a blender. Process to make a smooth paste. Keep it in a container in the refrigerator.