The simple pudding with agar-agar is one of my favorites. Layer your favorite lotus or parle biscuits soaked with black coffee in a square or rectangular serving tray. Pour this mousse pudding mixture and let it set. You can also choose not to layer like one in the image below. But don’t forget to serve it with some chocolate sauce.
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How to flavor agar agar recipes?
Agar is pretty much like gelatin and it doesn’t have a flavor in itself. You can add vanilla, any flavor of your choice, or even fruit purees.
What to make with agar agar?
Agar can be use to make jellies, mango mousse, or any other moussse, in no bake cheesecakes or no bake desserts that don’t need to be cooked.
Dairy-free recipes with agar-agar
You can also use it with coconut milk and make it vegan if you have dietary preferences. Sweeten with maple syrup. Please check the notes for the recipe.
Add it to fruit juice to make dairy-free jellies.
Types of agar
Agar like gelatin comes in strips, flakes, and powder form.
Read the manufacturers instuctions to get the ratio of liquid to the powder right.
The simple pudding with agar-agar is one of my favorites. Layer your favorite lotus or parle biscuits soaked with black coffee in a square or rectangular serving tray. Pour this mousse pudding mixture and let it set. You can also choose not to layer like one in the image below. But don't forget to serve it with some chocolate sauce.
- 2 cups or (1/2 litre) milk Please check notes for vegan option
- 3/4 cup condensed milk or to taste
- 5 gram agar agar Also called china grass Please ref notes for substitutes
- 60 ml water to soak agar agar
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder or vanilla extract
In a saucepan, wash and soak the agar agar in water for 5 minutes. You don't have to do it if using the powder or flakey version.
In another saucepan bring milk to a simmer. Turn off the heat, add condensed milk and stir well.(Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more condensed milk or sugar as needed).
Now place the agar agar on heat and keep stirring until gelatin melts. Keep aside.
Place the milk back on the heat and add the agar agar mixture into the milk. Stir and let it simmer for another 2 minutes.
Turn of the heat and strain the mixture through a sieve. Transfer into a serving bowl or molds. Once its cool, place it in the refrigerator. Pudding takes about 3-4 hours to set.
Serve with hot chocolate sauce or add caramelized nuts on top.
Agar-Agar is also called china grass in some parts and is vegetarian.
I used the baker's agar-agar strands which looks like a mesh. I cut a 10-gram mesh into half and used it accordingly.
You can use agar powder or gelatin. Follow the instructions on the package for the right quantity.
You can fill the custard into molds and invert it into a serving dish once set.
You can also layer your favorite lotus or parle biscuits soaked with black coffee in a square or rectangular serving tray. Pour this mousse pudding mixture and let it set.
For vegan option: Substitute coconut milk instead of regular milk. Take care not to let it boil or else the coconut milk will curdle. Use any sweetener of your choice.