Coconut Dream Dessert

Coconut Dream Dessert

Coconut Dream Dessert

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.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8


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


  • 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.
  • Mix agar-agar, saffron, and cardamom powder with ¼ cup of lukewarm water making sure agar-agar is dissolved.
  • 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.
  • Pour it into either flat dish or molds, while it is still hot. Note: As milk mixture will cool it will start getting firm.
  • 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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38 thoughts on “Coconut Dream Dessert

  1. Dear Manjula Aunty,
    I tried this recipe and it was delicious but too soft, almost like a jelly. What can I do to make it firm. Please let me know.
    Warm regards.

  2. in saudi we dont have agar agar powder.what else can we use instead?Can u please tell me that if i dont use agar agr at all, will it ruin the desert??Please help ASAP!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. Hi Aunty, This dessert looks great. I am ready to try. Did you use canned coconut milk or cannned cream of Coconut milk or fresh from water squeezed from coconut shreds? Thanks.

  8. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    First I want to thank you for your wonderful recipes, I have been a fan for years.

    I have a question, would you recommend I use vanilla flavored soy milk instead of plain?

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      1. Success! I just made it with almond milk instead of soy. I poured it into about 12 muffin cups, and it set very quickly. It’s very tasty and will be very refreshing after a spicy meal. Next time I may use more coconut milk vs. almond milk, just so I don’t have a partial can sitting around.

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