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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.

Fruits in Honey-wrap

This is a great and fun way to serve fruits to your family and friends. You may use any fruit of your choice.


Serves 5

1¼ cups/1L30ml water
1/2 cup/125ml honey
20g agar-agar strips, soaked in water for 30 minutes and drained
1 medium apple, cut into wedges
1 medium ripe mango, peeled and thinly sliced

Combine all the ingredients, except the apple and mango, in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer gently, stirring continuously, until the agar-agar has dissolved. Turn off the heat.
Divide and pour the contents onto 8-inch/20-cm round plates and swirl them around so they make a thin layer. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, or until set.
Carefully loosen and pull the circle off the surface. Divide and place the fruit pieces inside the honey-wraps and serve immediately.

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