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Lemongrass Jelly

Citrusy and fresh agar-agar dessert using lemongrass. Delicious as is, or when paired with ginger and palm sugar syrup. Vegan friendly and gluten-free.

This lemongrass jelly is a really simple dessert and a pretty healthy one too :) I am a lemongrass lover and anything with lemongrass will be good for me, so this agar-agar jelly made with lemongrass is just my kind of dessert. I am pretty satisfied eating the jelly as is, but pairing it with a simple ginger syrup is quite nice too, especially with a squeeze of lime juice. Anyway, unlike chocolate or vanilla pudding, the taste is quite grown up, so maybe kids will not go wild for it.

Lemongrass Jelly
Lemongrass Jelly

Lemongrass Jelly

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 8

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  • Lemongrass jelly
  • 900 ml water
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, cut into 2 inch sections and bruised
  • 75 gram sugar
  • 7 gram agar-agar powder
  • Ginger syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 50 gram palm sugar (or use brown sugar)
  • 50 gram sugar
  • 4 inches ginger, peeled and bruised
  • 1 pandan leaves, knotted
  • Optional
  • freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Lemongrass jelly
    1. In a small sauce pot, boil together water, lemongrass, and sugar. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook for another 10 minutes.
    2. Discard the lemongrass from the pot, add agar-agar powder into the pot, turn the heat to med-high and continue stirring until the liquid boils and the agar-agar powder has completely melted. Turn off heat, pour into pudding/jelly molds.
    3. Let the agar-agar firm up in the fridge.
  • Ginger syrup
    1. In a small sauce pot, boil together all ginger syrup ingredients. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook for another 10 minutes. Strain.
  • To serve
    1. Pour some ginger syrup over the jelly. I love adding a small squeeze of lime juice, but this is optional for those who don't like sour dessert :)
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  • Yin Yin says:

    Thanks for the recipe Anita. Will try this soon. How much ginger to use for the ginger syrup? Is it 50gram?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yin, it is about 4 inches of ginger. Sorry I forgot to list that in the recipe, it has now been updated :)

  • linda linda says:

    Just love your recipes. I am much older than you but still consider you my guru. Going to have former classmates over for lunch. Am doing a trial run for this dessert so I can present this after lunch. Perfect for this hot weather. Thank you for sharing.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment Linda. I hope you and your friends will enjoy this dessert :)

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram Seema Doraiswamy Sriram says:

    Inspiring recipe. will love to share this on my blog, can I back link?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Sure thing :)

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