Introduction: Vegan Mango & Coconut 'Jelly'

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It's summer, and though the heat is unbearable at times, the food makes it so much easier! Summers for me are synonymous with Mangoes. Pair it with coconut milk and it is a heavenly duo - perfect balance of sweet, tart and creamy!

If that sounds divine for you, try this Thai dessert - Woon mamuang - a firm, yet juicy mango and coconut milk dessert that is everything you never knew you wanted!

How to make jelly 'VEGAN'?

If you are a VEGAN, and miss the gelatin desserts of your childhood, then fret not! Agar agar is VEGAN gelatin, and there are so many things you can make with it! Check out this tell-all post on Agar agar.

And the best part about this - unlike gelatin, agar sets at room-temperature and holds its shape pretty well in scorching heat! So this is a perfect dessert to take on a summer picnic or potluck lunches in the park. And it takes less than half hour and 5 ingredients to make, if you believe me!

But, do let it chill in the fridge for a while, it's best eaten cold. Seriously. It's amazing!!!



Agar is the most important ingredient in this recipe - so make sure you pick up a pack at your local Asian/Indian grocery. It's the cheapest in these places. You can also find it in health food stores under vegan ingredients and on Amazon, but it's pricier. Agar comes in two forms - strands and powder. Powder is the easiest to work with, although you can substitute one for the other. Find substitution information here.

Note: You can substitute the mango and coconut with other fruits, berries, even chocolate milk! But remember to keep in mind that based on the viscosity of the liquid, you will have to adjust the quantity of agar. Once you figure that out, it's quite a versatile recipe to keep handy!



250 g mango, roughly cubed (from about 1 ½ – 2 mangoes)

1 3/4 c water

2 tsp. agar agar powder

1/3 c sugar

Lime juice, to taste (optional)

15 small mint leaves (optional)

1 small mango, cubed (optional)


2/3 c water

1 tsp. agar agar powder

4 tbsp. sugar

2/3 c coconut milk

1 pinch salt (optional)

Step 2: METHOD

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1. Pureé the mango pieces to a smooth pulp, reserving some pieces. Set aside.

2. In a small heavy bottomed pan over medium heat, combine the water, agar-agar and sugar. Use a whisk to stir continuously till the sugar and agar dissolves completely.

3. Add the mango pureé and continue to stir and cook for a minute. If adding lime juice, add it now. If the mangoes are tart already, avoid lemon juice.

4. Pour into a glass/metal container (if using moulds, fill 3/4th). I used a glass container (roughly 8"x6"). Spread the mango cubes and mint leaves over the liquid.Let it sit at room temperature to set completely. You may refrigerate to speed up the process, but it is not necessary.

Start this process only after the mango layer is set completely. The surface should feel smooth and hard to the touch.If re-using the same pan, remember to wash and dry it.

1. Combine the water, sugar, salt and agar agar in the pan over medium heat.

2. Once the crystals are dissolved completely, add the coconut milk.

4. Continue to stir and cook until the coconut milk is fragrant.

5. While the coconut milk is still hot, pour over the mango layer. Make sure the coconut milk is hot, else the two layers wont 'stick' and will come apart while serving.

Cool for a few hours in the refrigerator. Slice and serve cold.

Step 3: Done!

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Remember to serve chilled, maybe with a side of vanilla ice-cream! It is absolutely delicious, you only need to try a single bite to know that!

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llmora made it! (author)2016-09-28

Great recipe, my new favourite summer desert, very refreshing.

I could not grind the Agar Agar strips, so ended up choping into flakes and boiling for 4min before adding the rest of the ingredients, works like a charm!

Suggestions to cut down on the amount of sugar?

loveisinmytummy (author)llmora2016-09-29

Hey Ilmora! I am SOO glad you liked it! As to cutting down the sugar, I can only think of finding naturally sweet mangoes. Or using a sugar substitute. It's essentially a dessert, and you should be able to use as much (or as little) sugar as you like! I don't think modulating the amount of sugar in this recipe would affect the gelling process that much. Good luck! :)

sangeetajha (author)2016-08-10

Lovely mango jelly

Yonatan24 (author)2016-08-07

This looks REALLY good. Your pictures are REALLY good too!

I've never heard of vegan gelatin, I'll make sure to see if our store sells this if we ever make some kind of cake (or anything else) that needs gelatin :)

Thank you so much! :) You'll find it as Agar Agar in Asian / Indian groceries. Just ask for it if you have trouble locating it. It should be fairly easy to find, and cheap too! Happy gelling!

dphadnis (author)2016-07-23

this looks delish I love mangoes

loveisinmytummy (author)dphadnis2016-07-24

Aww thanks so much!!! I am so glad you liked this. Do come back and let me know when you try it out! It's pretty easy!

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