Agar-agar is a natural vegetable gelatin substitute produced from a variety of seaweed vegetation. White and semi-translucent, it is sold in packages as washed and dried strips or in powdered form. Agar-agar is approximately 80% fiber, so it can serve as an intestinal regulator.
Agar Agar is sold in health food stores, Chinese grocery stores,and Indian stores, in both flake and powder varieties, and can be used in a variety of dairy-free and vegan recipes as a stabilizing and thickening agent for custards,puddings, sauces and even vegetarian marshmallows.
- 4 cups half and half
- 1 can (370 ml) evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
- 2-1/2 level tsp Agar agar powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1/8 tsp pink colorer 1/4 tsp saffron
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds and pistachios
- 1/4 cup pomagrate seeds
- Mix everything and boil it. When it starts to boil remove it from the stove, pour it in a serving bowl and cool it before you put it in the fridge.
- Decorate with almonds and pistachios before serving.
You can set this in a medium size bowl or 4- 8 oz bowls.
If you are using the grass agar agar, soak it in a cup of water for 2 hours, then boil it on medium heat until it completely dissolves and then add it to the warm milk and boil the mixture.
You can use 1/4 tsp saffron instead of the pink colour.