Grass Jelly

Refreshing Delight: Matcha Red Bean Grass Jelly

In the vast world of traditional desserts and refreshing treats, few can boast the unique blend of taste, texture, and health benefits offered by matcha red bean grass jelly. This dessert is not only visually appealing with its vibrant green and contrasting deep brown hues but also packed with nutritional benefits that make it a favorite in both summer and winter. Let's dive into the benefits of grass jelly, explore the ingredients needed to make this delightful treat, and walk through the cooking steps.

Health Benefits of Grass Jelly

Grass jelly, made from the leaves of the Mesona Chinensis plant, is a popular ingredient in many Asian desserts. It is known for its cooling properties, making it particularly sought after during hot summer months. Consuming grass jelly can help reduce body heat, preventing heat stroke and other heat-related ailments. It's also believed to aid in digestion and promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

In the winter, grass jelly holds its own by offering benefits such as being low in calories yet filling, making it a good dietary option for those looking to manage their weight during the colder months. Additionally, it has a mild detoxifying effect, helping to cleanse the body of impurities.

Ingredients for Matcha Red Bean Grass Jelly 

To prepare matcha red bean grass jelly, you will need:

Grass Jelly: You can either make it from scratch using Mesona Chinensis leaves and potassium carbonate or purchase ready-made grass jelly from Asian supermarkets.

Red Beans: Also known as adzuki beans, they should be soaked overnight to ensure they cook evenly.

Matcha Powder: Provides a distinct, rich green tea flavor.

Sugar: Adjust according to taste.

Water: Needed for preparing the jelly and cooking the beans.

Cornstarch: To thicken the matcha mixture, if desired.

Cooking Steps 

  1. Prepare the Grass Jelly:

   - If you're using ready-made jelly, simply cut it into cubes and set aside.

   - To make from scratch, boil the leaves with potassium carbonate and water, strain the mixture, and let it cool until it sets into a jelly form.

  1. Cook the Red Beans:

   - Drain the soaked red beans and place them in a pot with fresh water.

   - Bring to a boil, then simmer until the beans are tender and mushy.

   - Add sugar towards the end of the cooking process to sweeten the beans.

  1. Prepare the Matcha Mixture:

   - Dissolve matcha powder in a small amount of water to form a thick paste.

   - Mix this paste with more water and bring to a simmer, adding sugar as per your taste.

   - If a thicker consistency is desired, mix a little cornstarch with water and add to the matcha, stirring until thickened.

  1. Assemble the Dessert:

   - In serving bowls, layer the grass jelly cubes at the bottom.

   - Spoon the cooked red beans over the jelly.

   - Pour the warm matcha mixture over the top, creating layers of flavor and texture.

  1. Serve and Enjoy:

   - This dessert can be enjoyed warm or chilled, depending on preference.

   - Refrigerate if desired, and enjoy a refreshing bowl of matcha red bean grass jelly.

 Tips for Perfecting Your Dessert

- Ensure that the matcha powder is of high quality for the best flavor and color.

- When cooking red beans, keep an eye on the water level and add more if it seems too dry.

- For an extra touch of indulgence, top the dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Matcha red bean grass jelly is not just a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Its health benefits, coupled with its delightful flavors, make it a perfect dessert for any season. Whether you're cooling down in the summer or looking for a light yet satisfying dessert in the winter, this dish is sure to delight. Enjoy the process of making this unique dessert and relish in the joy it brings to your table!

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