Friday, September 23, 2011

Coconut Milk Kanten (agar agar)



Kanten is one of those great desserts I often had in my childhood. Most people know it as agar agar: a red seaweed based powder that's full of fiber and really great for you. My grandmother would make it as a jello replacement and though I didn't like it back then, I love it now even more than jello. The texture is more firm and it does't wiggle and jiggle in those silly jello cubes. 


This one is a coconut milk kanten recipe I found. My grandmother never made the recipe this way (she normally made it with tea) but I think I like this coconut milk recipe best. It's rich, refreshing and only slightly sweet. It has just the right amounts of everything and a little will go quite a long way. You can color it with food coloring if desired or leave it white. Either way, it tastes fantastic and is a great way to introduce protein and fiber into your diet in the form of a gelatin dessert.

Coconut Milk Kanten


Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp agar agar powder
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 800 ml water
  • 200 g sugar
  • pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Simmer agar agar, water, sugar and salt in a pot until sugar and agar are dissolved
  2. Remove half a cup and color it a desired color. Pain the inside of cute silicone ice cube trays the desired color. Let set slightly
  3. Mix coconut milk with he remaining agar mixture and pour into molds.
  4. Let set completely in the refrigerator before serving


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