Summer is coming. While I am not a fan of the heat (is that a pun?), it does bring icecreams, popsicles, cold sugarcane juice and best of all mangos!
Kickstarting the summer theme with an old effort towards fruit jellies. Right around the time when jelly floral ‘cakes’ were adorning all the target ad-space on my Facebook wall, I tried a hand at this reachable yet beautiful treat.
Rehashing this recipe to fit the local fruit availability and my personal tastes, i would still like to make a few changes** in my 2nd attempt:
Green grapes chopped (each grape into 2)
Peeled pomegranate seeds as required
Orange Slices (less than 1 orange)
Few saffron strands crushed
4.5 Cups of Water
3 tsp or 5 gms Agar-Agar Powder (I used half of a 10 gm pack)
6 Tbsp Sugar, or more to taste*
2 small cake molds (silicon) or really any flat dish with tall borders
In a large pan, 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 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat immediately, and strain the contents into a baking dish. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes, and drop the fruits into the agar-agar mixture. Press them in lightly with a toothpick to ensure you have varying depths for the fruit. When cool, chill the jelly in the refrigerator. Cut as desired and serve chilled
*I should have increased the sugar a bit more for this recipe, since I just had sugar and saffron to flavor the water, so the overall taste was quite underwhelming. Ensure you taste the water before adding the agar agar since it is going to be the prime component of your jelly!
**Potential Changes: I am looking forward to trying this again with ‘Tadgola‘ or ice apple which should be in season soon as a base. It is local, delicious and fairly healthy. Plus, i can use the naturally sweet water inside as base and the juicy outer layer as flakes inside. Combining that with a cucumber, papaya, litchis, raw mango and maybe even some jack-fruit slices. Can try a trial version with coconut water soon. If you beat me to the trial, let me know how it tastes!