Kanten is a Japanese gelling agent that is used for setting liquid to make gelatinous dessert. Kanten is made from sea plants. It contains almost no calories as it is 80% dietary fibre. Firm jelly made with Water and Kanten has no calories at all and it is a very helpful food when you try to lose weight. Add this jelly to your favourite salad, so that you will feel full longer, and also you have the benefit of its dietary fibre. In Japan, this type of water jelly is popular and it is often enjoyed with ‘Ponzu’.


2 to 4 Servings


1 sachet (4g) Kanten Powder *OR 4g (1 & 1/4 teaspoons) Agar Agar Powder
400ml Water *OR 500ml (2 cups) for softer texture
2 to 4 servings Salad Vegetables *e.g. Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Capsicum, Carrot, Onion, Edamame, etc.
Dressing of your choice *OR try ‘Sesame Dressing’ below

Sesame Dressing
1 clove Garlic *grated
1 small piece Ginger *grated
1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Seeds *lightly ground
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon Sugar *optional
1 to 2 tablespoons grated OR very finely chopped Onion
Chilli Flakes *optional

  1. To make jelly, combine Water and Kanten Powder (OR Agar Agar Powder) in a saucepan and Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat. Cool slightly and pour into a container OR square cake tin. When cool enough, leave it in the fridge until firmly set.
  2. Cut Kanten Jelly into cubes OR strips. Add to a salad and enjoy with your favourite low-calorie dressing.