Saturday, August 2, 2008

Agar Kohi

Agar means Jelly, Kohi means Coffee.

2 cups of boiling coffee - sweeten to taste
5 grams of powdered agar (1/2 stick)
1/8th cup coconut milk or whipped cream.
(5 grams = 0.17636981 ounces)
Boil coffee in a pot, and stir in Agar until completely dissolved
Add your sweetener
Pour into a 9x9 baking dish and chill for 2 hours, or until set.
Cut into small squares, divide up into dessert dishes.
Splash on a little coconut milk or top with some whipped cream

Agar has zero calories and is 80% fiber. It's sold at most Asian grocery stores, you just need to pop it into the food processor to powder it.

Anything you can do with Gelatin (Jello), you can do with this sea vegetable, and much more!
Even without refrigeration, Agar sets quickly as it cools, and seals in the natural flavor and sweetness of any fruits and vegetables used. Light and refreshingly cool, Agar dishes are especially popular in the summer. In any season, Agar can be used with vegetables and stock to make molded aspics; as a substitute for pectin in jams, jellies, and cranberry sauce; and in desserts such as puddings and pie fillings.

Vegan alternative to gelatin.

Other examples of use:

1 c whipping cream
1 t agar agar
Whip whipping cream until almost ready. Add agar agar and sweetener if you like. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. This whipped cream, topping, or filling will stay firm and not separate. Works wonderfully for low carbers!

Agar Agar has been used as a food ingredient. Agar powder can be substituted for the same quantity as unflavored gelatin in recipes. However, the gelling ability of agar agar is affected by the acidity or alkalinity of the ingredients with which it is mixed. The more acidic the larger quantity of agar agar required. It will not set with kiwi, pineapple, fresh figs, paw paws, papayas, mango and peaches, chocolate and spinach.

Fruit Jam
3 tablespoons agar flakes
1/3 cup fruit juice or water
2 cups fruit, mashed, chopped or pureed
Sweeten to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice

In a medium saucepan, stir agar and juice/water and bring to a simmer. When agar is dissolved, add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, then pour into sterile Mason/Ball jars and seal. Refrigerates well for up to a month.