Lime Jelly With Basil Seeds

Cool, refreshing and hydrating—a perfect summer treat to beat the heat.


Serves 4 to 6


Freshly squeezed juice from 5 medium limes

Sugar to taste for lime juice, plus 3 tablespoons extra

A pinch of salt

1 tablespoon basil (tukmaria/sabja) seeds, cleaned and soaked for 15 minutes in ½ cup/125ml water

5 grams agar-agar sticks


  1. Place the lime juice in a large bowl. Add 2 cups/500ml water and sugar to taste and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the basil seeds, along with the soaking water, and mix.
  3. Place the agar-agar in a saucepan with 2 cups/500ml water and bring to a boil. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and simmer until the agar-agar dissolves in the water, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add to the lime juice.
  4. Mix and pour into 2 eight-inch/20-cm round moulds. Place at room temperature until it begins to set. Stir to uniformly distribute the basil seeds.
  5. Refrigerate until firmly set.
  6. When ready to serve, place the mould at room temperature for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife and invert onto a plate. Cut into desired shapes and serve cold.

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