Agar Agar jello with berries

Agar Agar Jello with Berries_

 

Yield  4 servings

Cooking/setting time 1 hour

Jello reminds me of summer vacations! My mom made killer jello, she layered it in all kinds of colors and flavors... It is too bad regular gelatin is made with animal products. Its kind of inconceivable how something so pretty and sweet is made from such violent products!

Thanks to my cooking teacher Divya Alter I learned to make this beautiful cruelty-free Jello using Agar Agar!

You may be asking what is agar agar?

Agar,  is a mix of carbohydrates extracted from seaweed specifically Red Sea algae. It’s also known by its Japanese name, Kanten. Agar-agar has no flavor, odor or color so it’s helpful as a culinary ingredient. Agar has no calories, no sugar, no carbs, and no fat. It is free from soy, corn, gluten, yeast, wheat, starch, milk, egg, and preservatives.

It is a great source of fiber, calcium, and iron.

The best part of Agar is that it is said to help digestion and help detox the body by acting as a mild laxative. It absorbs bile and is believed to help the body dissolve more cholesterol by passing through the digestive system quickly and inhibiting the body from storing excess fat.

There are a few differences between agar-agar and gelatin. Agar sets more firmly than gelatin so recipes will be less ‘jiggly’ and less creamy.

This recipe is balancing to Kapha and Pitta.

Now that you have read all the benefits of agar-agar, get of your phone or computer and whip up this super easy dessert!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 Cups Water or Fresh fruit juice like apple or strawberry. ( I used white sapote juice in the pictured dessert)

1 tsp Sucanat or Sweet-leaf Stevia sweetener

3 Tbs Agar Agar powder

1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

pinch of fresh ground Cardamom (optional)

1 cup of your berries of choice

Preparation

Place the water or juice in a small saucepan and bring  to a boil.

Add the Agar Agar powder or flakes and sweetener and whisk for 2 minutes until the agar is dissolved.

Place half the berries in 4 ramekins or small glass containers, pour the agar mixture on top.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Serve and top with the rest of the berries! you can also drizzle it with cashew whipped cream!

Notes for other body type(s)

Vata-reduced

For Vāta digestion:

This dessert in cooling and may aggravate Vāta.

 

 

COOKING WITH OM