Agar agar is a go-to Malaysian dessert - just boil and chill, what could be easier than that? Everybody loves them, especially on a hot sunny day.
Agar agar is a plant-based gelatin that basically has no taste. You can flavour it with your favourite fruits, coconut milk, chocolate, green tea, red bean - the possibilities are endless!
This recipe for Dragonfruit Agar Agar is simple, delicious and its vibrant magenta makes it perfect for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. And you don’t need any special moulds either. If you don’t have any, just use small containers, bowls, trays or even popsicle moulds.
Go on, give agar agar a try!
Recipe: Dragonfruit Agar Agar
- 1.3 litres (5 cups) water
- 20g Agar Agar strips
- 150g Raw Honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 cup Dragonfruit puree (1 medium-sized Dragonfruit mashed with fork)
- 3 Pandan Leaves—tied into a knot (optional)
- Bring water to boil in a medium pot and add in agar agar strips with pandan leaves. Lower the flame to simmer. Stir occasionally until agar agar strips have fully dissolved, this should take about 2 minutes. Switch off the flame and remove the pandan leaves.
- Let the solution cool down for 1-2 minutes before adding in dragonfruit and honey (high heat will destroy the enzymes of the fruit and honey). Stir well.
- Pour into mould or (20cm x 20cm) tray. Once it has cooled down, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- To release from mould, use a butter knife to run around the edges and gently squeeze the mould to release the agar agar. For the agar in the containers, use a butter knife to cut them into square or rectangular shapes.