Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Special #3: Lemongrass Aloe Vera

Pamper your mum with this light and refreshing dessert treat.

Preparing the aloe vera

Remove the outer hard skin of the aloe vera with a sturdy vegetable peeler.  Cut into big chunks and simmer the aloe vera in a pot of hot water for about 10 minutes.  Remove the aloe vera chunks and discard the water.  Though I've read there are many benefits and healing properties of the juice and gel of aloe vera, I still dislike the raw smell and taste of it.  I find that simmering helps to remove the unpleasant smell and taste of the raw aloe vera.

Cut the aloe vera into small cubes and combine with the lemongrass syrup.  Keep in fridge for a few hours before serving.  Add a few slices of lemon and serve chill.

Lemongrass syrup
2 stalks lemongrass, crushed
2 thin slices ginger
4 cups water
1.5 piece of brown sugar (片糖) - or adjust sweetness accordingly

1) Combine ingredients, bring to boil and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.  Drain the syrup and discard the ginger and lemongrass.

2) Add about 1 tbsp lemon juice to the syrup.

Note:  The prepared syrup should taste a little sweeter than your desired likeness cos after adding the aloe vera, it will become less sweet.  

1 comment:

  1. So nutritious and yummy,wish aloe vera is available sydney

    From Olivia


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