Monday, October 29, 2007

Rainbow Agar Agar

It's a refreshing dessert, a perfect finish to an Asian meal, especially after heavy stuff like curry. It's served cold, so it's great for summer too. It is easy to make and oh so impressive to serve.


The Transparent Layer:
2 tbsp agar agar powder
1200 ml water
200 gm castor sugar
Colorings - green is a must and i use pandan paste, it not only gives the green, it fragrants the whole jelly.

The Coconut Milk Layer:
2 tbsp agar agar powder
400 ml concentrated coconut milk
800 ml water
200 gm of castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt

1. Boil above ingredients for the transparent layer except colourings till dissolved. Sieve mixture and return to pot. Leave it on the stove on the lowest heat or doubleboil to keep the mixture warm until the coconut layer is ready for assembling.
2. Boil the agar agar, sugar and water for the coconut layer till dissolved, then add in coconut milk and salt. Sieve mixture and return to pot. Leave it on very low heat .
1. Measure about 250 ml of transparent agar agar and colour it in the colour you like. Leave it to harden slightly(not too hard if not the jelly will not stick together. If too hard, just use a fork to lightly scratch the surface before adding the next layer.)
2. The second layer will be 250 ml of the coconut milk agar agar. Leave to harden slightly
Do the same alternating between the transparent layer and the coconut milk layer until all the agar agar have been used up.
3. Leave the whole jelly to cool down before refrigerating it for at least a few hours.


August Moon Teahouse said...

WOW! That's almost too pretty to eat! I've got to try it!!



Little Corner of Mine said...

Very pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, may I know what brand or type of agar agar powder you are using?


jessica said...

hi lily..

wow.. ur agar agar is cool.. what brand of agar agar powder u use ? and where u bought the knife or mould found to make the side cutting?

lilyng said...

wenday and jessica

the asian stores here have the brand 'telephone' and 'gold cup'

the cutter is plastic and it was a gift from a dear friend from singapore.

i cannot thank her enough

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

Ow.. i like this agar agar! What the size of the tray that you using? :)

lilyng said...


i used two 7 inch square cake pan

sparky1971 said...

This is the 3rd recipe from Lily that I have tried (the other two were pineapple tart and pineapple roll ..... very yummy!!). I did the lazy method..... i poured all the transparent layer into a tray, cooled it slightly then i poured all the coconut agar agar. the appearance was not very nice but the taste was very very good. not overly sweet. Lily's recipes are really good and I am so thankful that she is so generous to share her recipes with us! BRAVO LILY!!

Anonymous said...

hello lilly,
maybe a very stupid question, but how can i make the difference colours?? Jelly powder?

lilyng said...


the colors are food coloring.

charming said...

thks for sharing this beautiful recipe. hv to try it soon!

javapot said...

Hi Aunty Lily. I think its only polite to let you know that I tried this and came out good (except where I got a little impatient between layers, ha ha). Thanks for sharing this recipe. Keep them coming!! :)

javapot said...

Hi Aunty Lily, been trying to post a comment but having prob - perhaps not too familiar with posting.
Anyway, wanted to let you know I tried this and it came out good (though I was a little impatient between layers....can see if you look closely). Thanks for sharing the recipe. Keep them coming.

lilyng said...


you thought that you have not successfully posted your comment. you did, it just need moderating.

ebi said...

hi auntie lily, if i use agar-agar 'fibre' instead of powder, how would the measurement be? =)
would love to try this recipe...

lilyng said...


for 25 gm of agar agar strips use 1 liter of water.

akuatik said...

Hi Lily,
Came across your blog when I was searching for some ingredients. I made this agar-agar for a friend's party. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily
My family and I love this stuff. I would like to know what exactly is 'agar agar powder'? If possible could you write the chinese characters for it please?
I think we are able to buy it in the asian grocery stores because we go there so often but we just don't know what it is.
Thank you ever so much.

lilyng said...


i am so sorry i can't write in chinese.

perhaps you could ask the store for agar agar powder and they might know what you want

Rose said...

Hi Lily,

Rainbow Agar-Agar is always my favourite. I used to buy a piece to eat and walk back to office after lunch. Now with your recipe, I will try to make some, hopefully it is a success. Thank you for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Hi lily, the agar agar looks great. Do we get pandan leaves in Dubai?

Anonymous said...

Hi lily , Do we get pandan leaves in Dubai

lilyng said...


i hope any readers from Dubai can help

chumpman said...

Aunt Lily

I bought agar agar strip when I tried your recipe of mango sago pudding. Can u give me an idea how many grams I should use as one tablespoon agar agar powder more or less for this one ?

Anonymous said...

this looks tempting!! Can I use kara for the coconut milk or the fresh ones from the market???

lilyng said...


absolutely, any coconut milk will do. the more concentrated, the tastier the finished product.

Estee said...

Hi lily. I poured in the second layer and it tore a hole in the first layer, now both layers are messed up. My jelly is ruined :'(

lily ng said...


oh no, well it will be a lovely raibow jelly. The next time around, make sure the bottom layer is harden before pouring in the next layer. Also pour the agar agar onto a spoon or spatula and not directly onto the bottom layer.

PTdoremi said...

hi may i know what's the brand of your food colouring? the colouring brand that i used fade/spread around to the other parts of the jelly layers which looks very ugly. :(

lily ng said...


i don't buy special just get supermarket food colorings. To get pastel colors, a little go very very far.

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