Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rainbow Jelly (Agar-Agar)

The weather here is really unbearable. Temperatures were around 93 degree and with 60 % humidity but we actually did some BBQ yesterday. Crazy isn't it. Carlos only cranks up the grill around 7.30pm. Diana posted some pictures of the BBQ at her blog so do go and check it out. I will post the satay recipe here soon.

After all the grill food we just wanted something cold and sweet the next day. I saw this beautiful agar agar at Lily's blog and decided to try it out. It turns out so beautifully and I actually can't bring myself to cut into it but I have to as I wanted to take some pictures and share it with you ;) Here is her recipe :

The Transparent Layer:
2 tbsp agar agar powder
1200 ml water
200 gm castor sugar
2 pandan leaves
Colorings - any color of your choice

The Coconut Milk Layer:
2 tbsp agar agar powder
400 ml concentrated coconut milk
800 ml water
200 gm of sugar
2 pandan leaves
1/2 tsp salt

1. Boil the ingredients for the transparent layer except colorings till dissolved. Sieve mixture and return to pot. Leave it on the stove on the lowest heat or doubleboil to keep the mixture warm until the coconut layer is ready for assembling. Remove the pandan leaves
2. Boil the agar agar, sugar and water for the coconut layer till dissolved, then add in coconut milk and salt. Sieve mixture and return to pot. Leave it on very low heat . Remove the pandan leaves.

To Assemble :

1. Measure about 250 ml of transparent agar agar and colour it with the color your choice. Leave it to harden slightly(not too hard if not the jelly will not stick together. If too hard, just use a fork to lightly scratch the surface before adding the next layer.)
2. The second layer will be 250 ml of the coconut milk agar agar. Leave to harden slightly
3. Do the same alternating between the transparent layer and the coconut milk layer until all the agar agar have been used up.
4. Leave the whole jelly to cool down before refrigerating it for at least a few hours. Serve cold.

Note : I added some pandan leaves to boil with the agar agar and I reduce the amount of sugar.

Another recipe similar to this : Sago Pearl Pudding

38 comments:

Jane of All Trades said...

This is such a pretty jelly. Its so bright and colorful. What a nice dessert to cheer you up when you are hot hot hot.

Anonymous said...

Yea, agree with jane, such a lovely jelly, it's made your day bright & breezy.

Gert, I only know how to make a simple plain jelly...hahaha.

- Kath

Little Corner of Mine said...

Agreed, so colorful and pretty! Don't we just love the serrated knife for jelly and kuih!

Beachlover said...

what a vibrate colorful color your agar agar!!.Can I have some,pleaseeeee??.Yes,it's really humid and hot,I keep mopping the floor,so sticky .

CY said...

Hi
Am a fan of your blog! Can I just ask what kind of knife do you use to cut these agar agar into such nice curvy sides?

Jo. said...

Wooooow. Those jellies look absolutely stunning!!!!

Jun :) said...

what a beauty...Gert, nak sket!

VG said...

Gert....looks too good to eat. I would not have had the heart to cut it. A work of art.

Yatie_T said...

Gert,
I agree with everyone here.... it's a beautiful agar-agar. I will add these recipe for Josh's 1st year birthday party soon (in October) :) Thanks for sharing, Gert and thanks to Lily too. She has alot of good recipe too.

Big Boys Oven said...

such a finely done! wow I like those colours and reminded me of the rainbow colours!

Madam Chow said...

I've never seen something like this - it's beautiful!

cikMilah said...

Gert, lovely colors and sedapnya!!!
I dah try....

Zue Murphy said...

Such a beautiful and colorful dish. I love agar-agar. Your presentation make it mouth watering. Good job! Do you use the plastic cutter or the metal one?

Cat Cat said...

Gert,
The agar2 is so colorful.. My two girls sure love it... Anything colorful, they like... :)

I Cook4Fun said...

JOAT, you are so right. I felt happy just look at it :)

Kath, its actually pretty easy to make.

LCOM, thank you. I just love using my seratted knife to cut these :)

Lesley, of course you can have some. I also notice everything gets dirty faster in this kind of weather :)

CY, thank you. I used a serrated knife to cut. You can get this knife at any baking supply stores in Malaysia or Singapore.

Jo, thank you.

Jun, thank you.

VG, thank you. I kept starring at it before cutting into it :) :)

Yatie, I totally agreed with you. Lily's has a lot of great recipe.

BBO, that is why its called Rainbow Jelly :) :)

Madam Chow, thank you.

Cikmilah, glad you suka. Nanti I check kat blog you yea :)

Zue, thank you for giving me the serrated knife. I used the plastic one :)

Cat, why don't you make some for your girls :) It will be nice to eat in this hot summer weather :)

tigerfish said...

Reminded me of a kind of Nonya Kueh.

ummi365 said...

gert.. cantiknya.. macam lego je lah.. sayang nak makan..

Salt & Turmeric said...

Gert, kalau i pun tak sampai hati nak potong or makan. too pretty to eat! reminds me of kuih lapis. makan kena go by lapis. cannot just simply bite. lol.

I Cook4Fun said...

Tigerfish, yea its like Nonya kueh lapis :)

Ummi, ha ha...

Farina, I pun suka makan lapis by lapis :)

Monkee said...

Your rainbow jelly is SO beautiful.
I always wished that Malaysian ones weren't so daggy in color. You made it look lovely. :) Thanks for coming by my blog. You bet I'll be back to yours. You take fantastic pictures too (^_^)

Jane of All Trades said...

Gert, what size pan did you use for your measurement of 250ml?

I Cook4Fun said...

Monkee, thank you very much :)

JOAT, I used an 8" x 8" square pan.

Anonymous said...

Gert,
arghh celaka..... I can finish the whole tray in a jiffy.i love anything with santan.problem here ,the agar agar looks too pretty for consumption.
take care.lee

The Food Librarian said...

I know you posted this a long time ago...but I hope you see it. I was inspired by your cuts to make my Easter Jello with a crinkly cutter. Your kanten dessert is much more beautiful! Thanks for great inspiration. - mary the food librarian

ICook4Fun said...

Food Librarian, thanks for your kind comments and I just love your blog.

Anonymous said...

i used a 1 tsp of pan dan essence it turns out the same. i am vietnamese and in vietnam you can get the leaves but in oklahoma they dont have it but they do have the pan dan essense in the asian super markets

Sabrina Woon said...

this , i love :D

Anonymous said...

hi, i would like to check with u which is the most reliable brand of portable oven to baking cake, bread, pizza..thanks

Anonymous said...

How much does this serve??

ICook4Fun said...

Anon, this recipe will give you a small tray of 8" x 8" agar agar.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I've used your recipe and my jelly came out really nice. There's one problem though,after leaving my jelly in the fridge, my white layer is gradually absorbing the coloured layered.Any idea how to prevent the coloured layers from transfering to the white layer??Thanks heaps!

AC

ICook4Fun said...

AC, I don't think you can prevent that. It happens to mine too.

Kitty said...

I made a 4 layer rainbow jelly to go with Halo Halo. Perfect amount of sweetness in your recipe :)

Anonymous said...

will each layer fall apart ? how to make sure it doesn't ?

ICook4Fun said...

Kitty, glad you like it.

Anon, that is why the instruction on point 1 (to assemble) said scratch the surface of the agar agar before pouring in the next layer. This is to prevent it from falling apart.

Anonymous said...

Is coconut cream and coconut milk the same? Recently made some agar agar, recipe asked for coconut milk but I used coconut cream and found the after taste is different from what I have tasted before? Pls advise. Thanks alot!

ICook4Fun said...

Anon, coconut cream and coconut milk are different. Coconut cream is very much thicker and will not be suitable to make agar agar.

Joy Lim said...

hihi.. I am new to making agar agar.. I saw urs and wow! beautiful! btw roughly how long should each layer set before we pour in another layer? and also while doing one layer should the remaining still b kept warm as in cont to be double boil? or after coconut layer is done all can b remove from double boil? n h wat do u mean by scratch the surface? all layers muz scratch? sorry for so many questions.. coz first time doing it..