Friday, February 4, 2011

Jelly Boats

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I am still a grown up kid who enjoys eating jelly :) The colors, flavors and their shaky shining texture and look make it the most exciting dessert :)

Years back, even before jelly mixes were available in India, my grandma used to make these china grass sweets and we used to call it "Glass Halwa". This was one of the sweets that I was extremely fond of and my mom conveniently used to make these to bribe me ;)

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I remember seeing these boats long back during a random browsing session(sadly don't have the source book marked :( ) and the inspiration was stuck somewhere subconsciously. Last day when I was having orange which is part of my daily diet for quite some time, this idea struck me and I was off to make it right away :)

Its a simple yet super attractive dessert to serve for kids :) I am sure any kid would get swept off his foot when these cute jelly boats are offered :)

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Ingredients:

Orange/Mosambi - 1
Agar agar(China grass) - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Water - 3 cups
Food color
Essence

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Method:

Cut the orange into half and scoop out the fruit and carefully scrape out the membrane, taking care not to make a hole in the skin of the oranges. Keep them aside.

Chop the china grass sheets into small bits and measure them using standard cup.

Take 3 cups of water in a pan and add the china grass to it. Keep stirring in medium flame until it dissolves completely. Once it is totally dissolved, add the sugar to it and mix well. Finally add the food color and essence as per your choice.

Allow it to come to room temperature. Do not let it to set in the pan, just allow the temperature to fall.

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Now fill each of the hollow orange halves with jelly right to the top.

You can place them in muffin or egg trays to keep them steady.

Refrigerate until set and then trim the orange halves so that the skin of the oranges is level with the jelly. Cut the oranges in half again with a sharp knife to get the boat shape.

Cut triangles and rectangles out of paper and punch them with tooth pics to make the flag. Secure them on the jelly boats to make sails :)

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Tips:

Jelly shake is one super yummy drink that you can make with the left over jellies. Just pulse the jellies with some milk and cream to make the shake :)

Add more sugar if required.

Pulsing the jellies in the mixie gives it a granita(granular) texture which is absolutely yummy :)

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Note:

I used vanilla essence and green food color for the green jelly boats.

I used store bought strawberry jelly mix for making the red ones. Follow the instructions given in the pack but reduce the quantity of water to make the jelly firm enough to stick to the peel.

You can even make jellies with the orange juice by replacing the water with orange juice in the above recipe.

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Be versatile by making your own flavors or using other fruit juices for your jellies :)

You can also use setting agents like gelatin instead of agar agar(china grass).

If you wish to make glass halwa by setting it just on a flat large mould, you can increase the water quantity in the above recipe to 4 cups.

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Written by: Nithya
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66 comments:

kitchen queen said...

very very cute and adorable.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow they look so cute...Though not a fan of jellies, I luv the idea of adding them in milkshakes. Pretty colorful clicks, luv the first one very much!

Priya said...

Omg, wonderful and damn pretty looking jellies, love jellies..

rpcooks said...

Hats off Nithya ! Amazing creativity this is!!

Scribblingzzz.. said...

Nithya, The clicks are adoring and lovely...
The jelly looks perfect...

Shanthi said...

Wonderful colours and a brilliant idea

Smita Srivastava said...

Absolutely adorable ... love the creative picture setups too !!!

Scribblingzzz.. said...

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rekhas kitchen said...

so cute every thing looks amazing...

Sanctified Spaces said...

Them jelly boats look so dainty and cute.Lovely idea.

Susan and Abraham said...

Absolutely adorable. susan

Susan and Abraham said...

Absolutely adorable. susan

sanjeeta kk said...

I want to sail in the boat and eat them too :)

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savitha ramesh said...

totally fallen on ur jelly boats......u r provoking me to do it.....

Prathibha said...

Wow Nithi,Loved ur creation dear..that is really a gr8 idea to make them look like floating them in water..loved the pics a lot..

Abhilash Pillai said...

Superb and marvelous creations. You are a star!

Umm Mymoonah said...

I remember seeing these type of jelly boats in Cbeebies long time back. Both jelly boats and shake looks very attractive and colourful.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Nithya you are such a good food photographer !!! Amazing creativity...Very colorful jelly boats

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

veena said...

How cute nitts ! The boats look very cute and i'd love to sail in those colorful yummy boats!How creative and I wonder the time you would taken for such perfect clicks :).

Panchpakwan said...

Omg jeely boats looks so cute.
You are very creative Nithya.

divya said...

Superb and marvelous creations. You are a star!

jeyashrisuresh said...

a great treat for kids.nice idea of making milk shake with that.cute picures

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Hats off to your talents! You are truly gifted dear... No words to express my admiration.

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Sush said...

fab!

swapna said...

cute and adorable jelly boats...

Ramya said...

Thatz the cutest jellies i have ever seen and superb clicks..:-)

Lakshmi said...

sooper imagination :) very beautiful boats... wow... what a colour !!!!!!

Pavithra said...

Pretty one nithi , I have seen this in foodfunfarm and 2 more places few days back but setting up in the water is cool idea and you did so good.... and agar agar is my fav one too very healthy one.

Pari said...

Simply adorable, I do not mind becoming a kid to eat this.


FOODELICIOUS

Priti said...

Very very cute...love the colourful boats ...

Now Serving said...

very cute idea! love it!

Suja Sugathan said...

Cutest jellies I have ever seen..so pretty.

Foodie Ann said...

That looks really kwell.....You are very innovative with your presesnting style.....:)

Nisa Homey said...

This is awesome...my kids are gonna love this....hats off to u for creating those boats.

Prerna said...

Oh my gos, these look SO good Nithya!

mr. pineapple man said...

These are so cute! Love your blog and your works!

Shanavi said...

Soooooooo damn cute presentation..U r very innovative Nits and u take lotsa effort and thatz clearly reflecting and u hit the spot...

Devi said...

Ooh so cute presentation!! and yummy jelly :).. pretty orange boats!

Anu Nandu said...

That is soooo cute! I have a jello lover in the family and she would just absolutely adore these! Thanks for the idea!

VineelaSiva said...

Oh my god the pics are adorable no words to say.I really give a try.Keep it up ur work dear.

Jaya said...

I liked the pictures and even more the cute way of making these jelly boats..and what a interesting way it is..I want to be a kid again :)..hugs and smiles

Harika's Kitchen said...

Lovely boats and presentation too

Rev said...

outstanding!! which is so usual with you :)

Deepti said...

wat a lovely work......simply superb

Gayu said...

Great job Nits...Love the Jelly boats!!Great presentation!!

Gayu
http://ensamayalarangam.blogspot.com

Shubha said...

ur sooo creative.... love ur blog.... ur superb...:P

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful presentation and colours
we make these I love the orange idea thank you for sharing

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, you amaze me with your creativity, love those boats also those cute fruit shaped jelly. Beautiful presentation.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow........
looks very cute dear :)

Kanchan said...

Awesome creativity, looks very cute..

Priya Sreeram said...

omG, this totally rocks -- i have become a kid myself and wanna grab them right away !

Rekha shoban said...

beautiful pics and nice presentation!!cute jelly boats!

Kairali sisters said...

Not a great fan of jellies, but the presentation really tempts to like them :-). cute clicks..

Sunanda said...

visited your blog after a long time... Jelly boate looks ver nice and colorful.. my kid loves jelly..I ll definitely make for her...
Sunanda
http://sunandaskitchen.blogspot.com/

Chitra said...

Too beautiful to be savoured!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Gosh this is a killer! Love!

Blogger said...

amazing creativity.
totally in love with the way you have put everything together...including the awesome photos.

great job..

Priya's Feast said...

Wow...Creative mind is rocking here...awesome idea of sailing boat in deep blue sea..luv it...this will be ur one of the best shots..

Sunshinemom said...

Very creative!! Beautiful work:).

Meena Kannan said...

wow..what to say?!!!no words to admire this...i jus wanna give u a big hug n wish u r amazing...

Meena's kitchen

Sarah said...

oh my Nitya! I've fallen for these adorable clicks! what an awesome idea this is !!!

Rashmi Tambe said...

Lovely boats and excellent & very creative photography! :) this is the fist time I am visiting your blog via Nags and I am absolutely amazed to see such beautiful clicks!

and I cant wait to make these for my daughter's b'day!

valar said...

so sweet n cute the boat rows in ur deep blue sea...sure attracted the big n small kids...:)

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