Monday, May 21, 2012

Blue Seaweed Jelly


Few months ago, I passed some blue pea flower seeds to my parents in law’s domestic helper. She has green-thumb, and now the plant blossoms with blue pea flowers. She collected the flowers and sun-dried it. I’m so pleased when she passed to me a small bottle of sun-dried blue pea flowers.

This maid contributes so much to the family. With her around, we have organic sweet potato leaves, eggplants, tomatoes, sawi, bird’s eye chilis, bananas, papayas, and others. Tomorrow, she will go back to her home town. It's a loss to the family. Not easy to get a such responsible and kindhearted maid.

Okay, back to the jelly now. With the natural blue coloring contributed by the blue pea flowers, here comes the blue seaweed jelly. Does it look interesting? For a start, I thought of this simple way to utilize the dried blue pea flowers. Many more to come hopefully. 

Blue Seaweed Jelly 

Ingredients:
5 tbsp of agar-agar powder 
1600ml water 
6 screw pine leaves, tie into knots 
sugar to taste 

To prepare the blue coloring: 
a handful of dried blue pea flowers, rinsed 
250ml hot water 

Steps: 
1. Soak the blue pea flowers in hot water. Leave it for 30 minutes or more. Sieve it and retain the blue liquid.
2. Boil 1600ml water in a pot. Add screw pine leaves when boiling.
3. Pour in the blue liquid. Let it simmers for 5 minutes. 
4. Mix in the agar-agar powder. Add sugar to taste. Leave it simmers for 3 minutes. 
5. Remove the screw pine leaves. Off the fire, and leave the agar-agar mixture to cool for few minutes in the pot. 
6. Pour it into jelly moulds. Cool it to room temperature. 
7. Fridge it for 2 hours before serving.

12 comments:

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Love the colour of this blue jelly. So pretty! Last time I'd planted blue pea flowers in my backyard but later was chopped off by my gardener :(

daphne said...

wow! Look at that blue- it looks amazing! I didn't know that one can do that!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I have a big container of dried blue flower, only know to use it to make kueh, now I know can into jelly, and it sound healthy and look beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration .

Priya said...

Wat an eye pleasing jelly..awesome.

tigerfish said...

so the blue pea flowers are actually seaweed? interesting!

Little Inbox said...

Tigerfish, seaweed jelly = agar-agar.
Blue pea flower is from the plant.

kitchen flavours said...

Wow, this sounds interesting! I have not made jelly with bunga telang before! Your jelly has a very pretty colour! Thanks for sharing!

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more said...

First time seeing naturally blue jelly.
Very nice.
It's sad to have a helpful person to leave. She won't be extending?

Little Inbox said...

Wendy, nope. Now my parents in law get a new Philippine maid.

noobcook said...

natural food colouring is the best! first time see blue jelly, it's pretty :)

li said...

Thanks for sharing your recipes.
Thai people add lime juice to blue pea flower water to get purple colored drink. You can do the same to get purple hue jellies.

醫貓 Clifton said...

Wonderful!! Can't wait to make one at home. Thanks. I wonder where can I buy the flower in hong king :-)

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