Here is yet another lip smacking Mango Dessert for all the Mango lovers. This is an Egg free Mango Pudding. It uses Agar Agar for the setting of the pudding. As the Mango season is coming to its end I have used it to the fullest I think…..by making various recipes of it. I thoroughly enjoyed this mango season to its core. It is very easy to make and sets very fast. So it can be ready in no time. It doesn’t take much time in the preparation and all the ingredients are readily available. I have decorated it with fresh mango slices…..do try it out this season for the pure mango pleasure.
What is Agar Agar:-
Agar agar (china grass) is the “vegetarian gelatin”. It is sometimes also referred to as “kanten” (the Japanese term). It is derived from South East Asian seaweed (indeed, its name is Malay for jelly, so in effect we say “jelly jelly” when we say agar agar). This article sets out how to use agar agar.
1 Find it:-
Agar Agar is widely available in health food stores, good quality supermarkets that carry health food lines, Asian grocery stores and online. It can be purchased in powdered form, flakes, threads or bars.
2 Understand the differences between agar agar and gelatin. Agar agar has several advantages over the traditional gelatin, namely:-
It is derived from a plant source rather than an animal source, meaning that it is suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets, and also for diets with restrictions for moral, ethical, and religious reasons
It has no taste, no odour and no colour
It sets more firmly than gelatin
Agar agar is able to set at room temperature; it also stays in jelly form even as the temperature heats up
Agar agar gives a sensation of feeling full, which can aid dieting
It is used as a digestive aid by some people, to ease stomach upsets
3 Use agar agar for your cooking needs. Here is how to use it:-
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of agar agar in 4 tablespoons of hot water; this may need up to 10 minutes
Bring it to the boil
Simmer for one to five minutes for powder and 10 – 15 minutes for flakes
Mix well with warmed ingredients
Put aside to set. As the ingredients cool, the agar agar will set.
4 Note that the same amount of powdered agar agar can be substituted for powdered gelatin in a recipe. One teaspoon of agar agar powder is one tablespoon of flakes.
What do we need:-
1 Litre Milk, Boiled and cooled
100-150 gms Sugar, as per your sweet tooth
8 gms/ 1 pack of Agar Agar
5 tbsp Mango crush / fresh mango pulp
Fresh Mango slices for decoration
How do we do it:-
1 Take a cup of water and soak the Agar agar in it for 10-15 minutes.
2 Then boil it at a low flame for 10 minutes, stirring continuously till the agar agar dissolves completely. Cool it completely.
3 Take 1 litre milk. Add sugar, Mango crush / Mango pulp and mix it with boiled agar agar mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
4 Remove from heat and pour in mould or dish and allow it to set for 30 minutes in freezer compartment.
5 After it is set demould it into the serving plate and put some Mango crush on top of it and decorate it with fresh Mango slices.
6 Serve chilled.