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Sunday, December 28, 2014 @ 11:39 pm
Agar-agar Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar Jelly)
Today I had a sudden craving for a dessert that was commonly served in many Malay social events; the agar-agar gudil. I don't know what "gudil" means, so I can't translate it for you. It's a jelly dessert that's very versatile. It comes in many different flavours, but the classic one and my favourite is the agar-agar gula melaka or palm sugar jelly.
Agar-agar gula melaka is very easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. You need a packet of jelly powder, palm sugar, water, panda leaves, egg, coconut milk and salt. That's it! It doesn't require many tools either. Only a saucepan, measuring cup, a whisk or stirrer, a mould and a fridge. No baking required. I know some people are terrified of baking.
I don't know why but this dessert is easier and faster to make than actually looking for it in the shops. I don't know where I could buy it, so I went to make it.
What you need to make agar-agar gula melaka
200g palm sugar, grated
5 pandan leaves, tied in a knot
1 packet of jelly powder, white
200ml coconut milk
A pinch of salt
Boil the water in the saucepan. Add the pandan leaves. Stir in the grated palm sugar till it dissolves.
In a bowl or measuring jug, whisk the coconut milk, egg and salt. Set aside.
When the palm sugar mix has boiled, sieve the mixture onto another saucepan to remove impurities. Boil the mixture again. This time, add the jelly powder. Stir till it boils.
Next add the coconut and egg mixture into the palm sugar and jelly mix. Preferable to pour through a sieve to allow the egg to strain into strands. Stir a little and let it bubble.
This is how the mixture should look like when it's bubbling
Pour the mixture into a mould. I used a 7" square cake pan. Let it cool before setting it in the fridge. When the jelly is set, it should be firm to the touch.
Lastly, cut it into bite-sized pieces or use a shape cutter for fun designs. Serve and eat! Now wasn't that easy?
Agar-agar gula melaka... Craving satisfied!
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