Friday, December 22, 2006

Pandan-Coconut Milk Jelly


For someone who doesn’t use any form of coconut even once a month, Jihva seems to have put me in overdrive. I never thought I’d submit even one dish for Jihva for Coconut, leave alone two. But my thriving pandan shrub and unused packs of coconut milk and sugar are making for some very uncharacteristic behaviour, and so here it is!
This is a Thai/Malay recipe that I arrived at after reading various versions in books as well as on the Net. You can use agar agar for a more authentic and as a vegetarian option in place of the gelatin but I’m not sure of the proportions. The pandan didn’t lend its usual fragrance to this dish but just smelt like sap, even after I put in some vanilla essence. But I guess this is a dish high on texture and looks (though my photo may not do justice to it); it has a strong smell but a delicate flavour – what attracted me was the double-layered looks of the jelly.

For the pandan layer:

Gelatin (unflavoured): 1 tbsp
Water: 1½ cups
Sugar: ½ cup
Pandan leaves: 8-10, cut into strips

For the coconut milk topping:
Coconut Milk: 1½ cups
Gelatin (unflavoured): 1 tbsp
Sugar: ¼ cup

Preparation: Bruise the pandan leaves – you can pound them in a mortar and pestle, or whiz them once in the grinder. Boil them in a cup of water and strain the liquid.
Reserve one tbsp of the pandan water.
Dissolve gelatin in the hot pandan water. Stir well over low heat. Add the sugar, let it come to a boil and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
Put the reserved pandan water into this and let it come to a boil again. Pour it into a small-ish container/mould and put it in the refrigerator.

For the topping, dissolve gelatin in coconut milk on low heat, add sugar and stir well. Let it come to a boil.
When it’s still hot, pour the topping over the pandan jelly.
Before serving, cut the jelly into small pieces/shapes.



  1. WOW!! sra, very unusual recipe! Never heard of Pandan either,I must live in a cave or something!:D

    Beautiful looking pudding though.Girl,I am surprised to know that you don't use coconut even once a month! A telugu,Tamilnadu girl?!Woman, what's wrong with you?!!:D:D

    Have fun and have a great New Year!HUGS!!!!I will see you later.

  2. Very different recipe Sra. Never had it before , shall check out for it in my next Thai/Malay restaurant visit. Actually shall try having anything with Pandan first
    Great JFI entry

  3. Oh goodness I am so glad JFI has made your creative juices flow.
    The jelly looks just gorgeous...thanks so much SRA

  4. Wish u and ur family a very hapy holiday!HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  5. Hey Sra, That's something refreshingly delicious with an exotic flavour..:)pandan leaves are available here in Bangalore & haven't been using them much except for making kheer .Thanks for sharing and would love to try this asap.

    Happy Holidays to you too!!

  6. Very different ! looks great too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  7. Asha, your comment made me laugh so much - like an old friend/cousin who can't believe what she's hearing ... yes, though i'm south indian, i have to say i'm not a big fan of coconut and find it troublesome to use unless it comes processed - and really, we didn't use it much at home, either, if I remember well.
    Thanks Sandeepa, from my experience, it's better in savoury dishes.
    Ashwini, thaks for the praise.
    Shaheen, happy hols!
    Lera! Do post the kheer recipe - I know it smells lovely with rice but never tried the kheer.
    Thanks Krithika, happy hols and happy new year!

  8. What an unusual recipe, sra! What exactly is pandan? It must be aromatic, going by your description.
    Happy Holidays, sra!!

  9. Unique recipe gal!! the picture is gorgeous too. Love it.

  10. Could any one please tell me where to find Pandan leaves here in Bangalore? I cant find it anywhere.


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