Pink Diamonds

By DK on Apr 08, 2009
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
Some recipes are so simple. They way they look, the way their texture leaves you amazed, you wouldn’t think that they took like something like 5-10 minutes to prepare would you? But then this one does indeed. In India, Agar-Agar is known as China grass. It is also known as kanten and Japanese isinglass. These jellies are made with Agar- Agar which is nothing but vegetarian gelatin. More about Agar here. These are great for entertaining, esp. with respect to kids who would love it for how it looks. You can make them into any shapes you desire using molds. I have kept it very simple here and cut them into diamonds. I got this recipe from my mom who saw them in some cooking show in India.
Basic Information
Prep Time: 2 to 4 hours
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 4 people
  • 4 tbsp Agar-Agar flakes/powder
  • 4 cups milk
  • few drops of any food coloring. I used pink
  • sugar to taste
  • 1/2-1tsp Rose essence (optional)
Stir the agar-agar flakes into the milk and stir. Bring the milk to a boil. Keep stirring to avoid the agar from sticking to the bottom.Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the agar has completely dissolved. Then add sugar and dissolve.
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
Cool and then add the essence, if using along with the coloring.
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
Pour it into either molds or into a flat dish.
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
Refrigerate about 2-3 hrs or until set.
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
Before serving cut it into shapes of your liking or unmould if using molds.
Pink Diamonds- Agar-Agar jelly
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69 Responses to “Pink Diamonds”
  1. Tsints

    I believe the issue people may be having with this recipe is that 1 tbsp of agar-agar flakes DOES NOT equal 1 tbsp of agar-agar powder, though the recipe makes it sound as if either could be used without amounts being changed. 1 tbsp of flakes equals 1 tsp of powder.

  2. kathya

    Hi DK I made this dish longago, its nice. Now iam vegiterian, I come know a very good information about chaina grass, thank u very much for sharing a valuable information.

  3. azeeza

    Is this meant to have 4tsp (teaspoon) Agar Agar???? Just followed recipe as above stating 4tbs ( tablespoons) and mixture was very thick….please correct as the error above has ruined my dessert!

    It is indeed 4 tbsp powder. The mixture is supposed to be thick enough to cut into slices. I am not sure what you mean by very thick! –DK

  4. what Agar-Agar flakes/powder

    Another name for China Grass. Its a vegetarian equivalent of Gelatin. –DK

  5. very nice receipe….. colorful food. i will try to make this weak

  6. Mar

    Made this today with blue coloring instead and added fresh blue berries into it. Also added 3 tablespoon of condensed milk together with sugar to make it more milky. Wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. can we use either beetroot extract for food colouring??? :roll:

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