Thursday, March 04, 2010

Dragon Fruit Jelly

We bought some Red Dragon Fruits when we visited the Dragon Fruits Farm at Tanjung Sepat the other day. Besides eating it fresh you can even make dessert like Jelly, mooncakes and cakes out of it. Dragon Fruits is also known as Pittaya is commonly found in SEA especially Vietnam and Malaysia.

It is actually the fruit from a cactus plant and it has a bright red skin. There are two varieties of it. There is the white flesh variety and the other being the red flesh variety. .Both comes with tiny edible seeds like the kiwis. I made some jelly with the leftovers dragon fruits. The weather here in KL is so warm and humid and it is such a nice treat digging into these little refreshing jellies.



Ingredients:

12 grams agar-agar powder (a packet)
100 gram sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
600 ml water
200 ml coconut milk
1 cup of dragon fruit puree (the red variety)
3 pieces pandan leaves

1. Put the water, agar agar powder and pandan leaves in a pot and bring it up to a boil. Cook until the agar agar powder dissolved.
2. Lower down the heat and add in the coconut milk, sugar and dragon fruit puree. Bring it up to boil and turn off the heat. Taste and see if you like the sweetness. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter. Remove the pandan leaves.
3. Pour the mixture in a baking tray or mould of your choice. Chilled until firm before serving.

Note: Do take care when you handle the fruits as the red colored flesh will stain your clothing and hand.

25 comments:

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

They really do look refreshing. Love the colour! I can imagine it's harder for you to take the heat, coming from the US. I'm not having it easier in S'pore either. Going to make some jelly now. :)

My Asian Kitchen said...

love the pretty color and shape of your jello!! I only try this fruit one time but not really fond of it..The last time I had it on Cathay Pacific airline,maybe I should try again when it's in season this summer..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Wor, this look so beautiful and nice, maybe I should make some for my son coming Birthday party.Thanks for sharing.

Little Inbox said...

Natural coloring, safe for consuming. :)

Kitchen Corner said...

Very pretty color! This jelly is awesome!!! I must make some for my family next time. Thanks!

Wendy said...

Very colorful! Thanks for showing us the plant. I saw them in the market but no idea it was from a cactus plant.

MaryMoh said...

Wow...these look so pretty and healthy! I wish I can get those red dragon fruit here. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures.

Pete said...

Normally I would filter the juice to remove the seeds but I guess it is better to use the seed as well. The presentation of the jelly with dragon fruit seed looks nicer!

reanaclaire said...

Hi Gertrude.. in hot weathers like the one I am staying, jellies like this are very welcoming!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Such a lovely color and using the rose mold is a great idea! ;) It would be such a treat to eat it on such hot weathers here in Asia! Think I will try this some day, thanks!

Swee San said...

perfect for the killer weather!!

Anncoo said...

Looks so refreshing. I want some too especially under this hot weather.

Angie's Recipes said...

They look sensational! I love to try a few!

zurin said...

i eat just because of the colour provided its natural!! and that is gorgeous!!!! so beautiful and fotogenic too!

Mat Gebu said...

Nak try buat, rumah i ada pokok ni dan sedang berbuah....

Little Corner of Mine said...

Love red dragon fruit! I didn't know the dragon fruit plant is so interesting looking. Thanks for showing the picture of the plant.

mycookinghut said...

This is really unusual!! Love the colour!

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noobcook said...

I haven't tried the red flesh type before. It's great that it gives the agar agar natural colouring :)

meeso said...

Looks neat!

ICook4Fun said...

Ju, the heat here is really bad and I am looking foward to go back and enjoying the cooler temp there :)

Lesley, thank you. Do some research on this fruits as I just heard some unflatering info about it.

Sonia, thank you.

Little Inbox, yes no coloring added :)

Kitchen Corner, thank you.

Wendy, now you know :)

Mary, thank you. I am not sure either if I am able to find the red variety in the US. I've seen the white ones.

ICook4Fun said...

Pete, I like bitting into the seeds that is why I put in all in :)

Renaclaire, yea it is crazy hot here since CNY.

Honey Bee, yes the weather here is crazy. No relief at all :(

Swee San, yes it is :)

Anncoo, yes it is :)

Angie, hope you will try it out someday.

Zurin, thank you.

Mat, wah you pun tanam buah ni yea.

LCOM, you are welcome.

Leemei, thank you.

Mary, I will check this out. Thanks.

Noobcook, yes it is.

Meeso, thanks

Cheah said...

This is what I want right now, to cool down in this weather. The pics are lovely!

pigpigscorner said...

This looks so refreshing! I miss dragon fruit, so delicious!

Blessed Homemaker said...

This looks absolutely refreshing for a hot day! Love the colour!