Coconut is used in various dishes, including curries, stir-fries, and lentils. In most cases, fresh coconut is used. If you don’t have fresh coconut on hand, desiccated coconut can be used instead. In most recipes, fresh and desiccated coconut can be replaced for one another. To use fresh coconut instead of desiccated coconut for a dessert, toast it in a bit of ghee or oil until the moisture evaporates. If you’re using desiccated coconut, you may soak it in warm milk or water for a few minutes to give it some moisture before adding it to a dish.