Monday, May 10, 2010

Pandan Jelly

This is a recipe for Pandan or Pandanus Jelly dessert. The enticing light green color of the jelly is made from the essence of pandan leaves. Again, it’s a very light and refreshing agar agar (meaning jelly in Malay) based dessert. If you like the pandan fragrant, then, I am certain you will enjoy this jelly very much.

Recipe adapted from Malaysian Cakes and Desserts by Rohani Jelani

Pandan Jelly

(Printable Recipe)

500 ml (2 cups) Water
3 tsp Agar-agar Powder
120-150 g Sugar
100 ml Pandan Juice
120 ml Coconut Milk (preferable 100% coconut milk)


Pandan Juice: Rinse 8 Pandan leaves and, cut into 2 cm lengths. Blend the pandan leaves with 150 ml (2/3 cup) of water. Strain the pandan juice and discard solids.

In a medium saucepan, combine water, agar-agar powder and sugar and bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until agar-agar and sugar completely dissolves, about 10 to 15 minutes.

In a bowl, mix together the pandan juice and coconut milk. Then pour into the simmering agar-agar mixture, stirring constantly until the mixture come to a boil. Once it reaches a rolling boil, take the pan off the heat immediately and pour contents into a shallow glass dish of cake tin measuring approximately 16 cm (6 ½ inches) across. Set aside to cool before chilling in the refrigerator. Cut as desired and serve chilled.


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  1. got to try this pandan...never tried the stuff...looks like a great dessert....

  2. I've always wanted to make a pandan dessert but have been a bit intimidated. Where's the best place to purchase pandan juice in Vancouver? Is there a particular brand you like?

  3. Nice!!
    Which brand of agar-agar powder did you use?

  4. @Mel- You have to make your own pandan juice. Fresh pandan leaves available at T&T supermarket.

  5. @Anonymous: The brand of the agar-agar is "Gold Cup" from Thailand.

  6. Which section in T&T can you get Pandan leaves? I've been looking for it for a while now... but I haven't seen it at T&T yet! Are they usually fresh or are they frozen? And which T&T do you go to?

    THanks for answering! :)

  7. @foodlabasia: T&T Chinatown & Metrotown, the produce section. You can also check out Wong Xin market at 747 Gore Ave, Vancouver (Chinatown). They have fresh supply of pandan leaves every Friday.

  8. Awesome! That looks so good! I miss eating anything pandan flavored!

  9. I'm always tempted by the pandan flavour anything if it's offered somewhere. This looks good!

  10. Delicious dessert and I like recipes like this. Wow and you even have pandan leaves over there .. is it from Malaysia?

  11. @Jo: Yes, most of the Asian cooking ingredients are available over here and the fresh herbs usually came from Vietnam and Thailand.

  12. Such a classic Malaysian dessert ... pandan agar-agar used to be a must-have in most kids' birthday parties during my childhood!
    Of course those were the days!

  13. DO you think it would keep if you buy, juice and freeze Pandan juice as per your recipe?

  14. I love jelly set with agar agar! The smell of pandan is so nice as well, the flavour and smell is subtle and to me, indescribable. I like the way you cut the jelly too. :)

  15. Thanks for sharing! .... But t he pandan juice that I made had grassy smell. How to get rid of that?


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