Coconut Dream Dessert

May 1st, 2012 filed under Desserts, Gluten Free
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Coconut Dream is a vegan delight, it is flavored with cardamom and saffron, very soothing and refreshing. Adding Agar-agar sets this dessert like jelly. It is super easy to make and taste great. I like to serve Coconut Dream chilled.

This recipe will serve 8.


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cup soy milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons agar-agar powder, available in Indian and Asian grocery stores
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom crushed
  • ¼ cup coconut shredded
  • Approx. 20 crushed pistachios
  • Pinch of saffron crushed


  1. Boil coconut milk, soy milk, coconut, pistachios, and sugar over medium high heat. After milk comes to boil let it boil for about 7-8 minutes, stir occasionally.
  2. Mix agar-agar, saffron, and cardamom powder with ¼ cup of lukewarm water making sure agar-agar is dissolved.
  3. Add the agar-agar mixture to the milk and mix it well, let it boil for 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally otherwise agar-agar can become lumpy. Turn off the heat.
  4. Pour it into either flat dish or molds, while it is still hot. Note: As milk mixture will cool it will start getting firm.
  5. Refrigerate for about 2-3 hours or until set. Serve chill.


Agar-agar is a vegetarian gelatin substitute made from seaweed vegetation. This works as a stabilizing and thickening agent for many recipes like custard and pudding. As this comes to room temperature it starts solidifying. Coconut Dream can be served at room temperature as it maintains its shape. But it taste best when it is served chilled.

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30 Responses to “Coconut Dream Dessert”

  1. Linda says:

    Just a quick note to say thank you for these lovely recipes. I enjoy making recipes from different cultures than mine own and yours are so very easy to follow – you even suggest where to find less known products.

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  3. poonam says:

    can I substitue jellytin instead of agar agar?

  4. Chitra says:

    Dear Manjula,
    Can I substitute any other milk instead of soy?
    Also, when I used agar agar, it forms lumps in the dessert.
    You could taste the lumpy agar agar. Is there anyway to avoid this?
    Chitra P.

  5. Katerina says:

    Dear Manjula,

    thank you for your recepies, they are great!

    Katerina from Russia.

  6. esther says:

    hi ms manjula,

    greetings to u!

    i tried the coconut dream dessert. it was really delicious but it was a bit hard. is it suppose to be like that or softer?

    please advise. thank you.


  7. Shah ruchita mithunkumar says:

    your recipes are nice. i likes your recipes………

  8. SRINIDHI says:

    Agar Agar is only available in strands in the Indian stores. Where can u get it in the powdered form? Or can we grind the strands and use it as powder.Please let me know.Thanks.

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