Agar agar is a plant-based gelatin substitute made from red algae. It is popular in vegan and vegetarian cooking as a binding agent and thickener in place of animal-derived gelatin. Agar agar is flavorless and odorless, making it a versatile ingredient in a variety of dishes.
It can be used to make jellies, puddings, and other desserts, as well as in savory dishes such as soups and stews. Agar agar is also often used as a substitute for eggs in baking recipes. It is available in powder or flake form, and can be found in natural food stores and some supermarkets.
Botanical Name: Gracilaria lichenoides
Also known as: vegetarian gelatin, seaweed gelatin, Chinese gelatin, مادّة هلاميّة طحلبيّة