Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pumpkin Pandan (Screwpine) Jelly

There's no better way of introducing this jelly except by saying that its made with only four (4) ingredients. Among them is pandan/screwpine leaves  -  recognised for the nutty botanical fragrances and widely used in Asian savoury as well as sweet dishes. The leaves are also a natural insect repellent to keep away cockroaches. Wash, bundle a few together and throw in cupboards/drawers so that creepy crawlies don't reside in your home.

Ok. Over to recipe. For a pure original taste, I didn't add sugar and the natural sweetness of pumpkin was good enough. Of course you can add a sweeter version as a truly delightful dessert.

30g agar-agar strips/seaweed
1/2 pumpkin (about 500g) -remove skin and seeds, boil with a little water and mashed.
5-6 pandan leaves (knotted)
Sugar (if  needed) 

Combine 1/2 liter water, seaweed and pandan leaves in a pot. 
Simmer to heat through and to dissolve seaweed.
Strained the mixture and pour back into the pot.
Let it cool down slightly and stir in mashed pumpkin.
Taste for sugar and if needed, add and stir.
Thereafter pour into a mould.
Let it harden and cut into pieces.
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  1. Interesting new ingredient for me...pandan/screwpine. Sure makes a beautiful jelly combined with pumpkin :)

  2. Pretty cool! I love that you gave pumpkin a whole new look! I bet this was delicious! I didn't know that pandan leaves kept insects at bay...

  3. wow...delicious preparation..
    I have awards for you dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  4. What a creative use of two ingredients, I haven't mixed both pumpkin and pandan yet.

  5. thank you so much for the comments everyone, just one of my simple desserts, you people make much more fantastic ones too.

  6. oh no...am crving for nasi lemak now that you have mention nasi lemak LOL.

    hmm...pumpkin jelly should be good

  7. This pumpkin creation will be hit here in USA arround hallowen/otober
    looks yummy.

  8. hi nava- wow! the pumpkin pandan jelly sure looks delicious and of a very pretty color too.
    must try this.
    i think this is the first time i come across on this recipe. you know i am quite nostalgic about pumpkin./ winter squashes...thanks for sharing :)

  9. got to try this soon..looks super delish


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