Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Mango Jelly

Mangoes are the Indian summer's one sweet spot. When the landscape is whitened out by the blinding harshness of the sun and the earth and its people, both wear a pained and parched look, these mangoes are one of the few things that can bring a gleam of satisfaction and a smile of contentment to the faces of most Indians!



India is truly the land of mangoes.. we, literally, have hundreds of varieties. Of the top of my head, I can think of the 'Kesar' and 'Hapus' from the west, the 'Bangenapalli' and 'Totapuri' from down south, the 'Dashehari' and 'Chausa' from the north and the 'Langra' and 'Kishen bhog' from the east, each from a different corner of India and each with its distinctive fragrance, shape, colour and taste!!!

And if you value your peace of mind, you are well advised never to ask a group of Indians which is the best of them all!! Many a discussion has centred on this futile topic that can have no logical conclusion, with each variety being vociferously defended by its admirers!! If you ask me, its the mango that you had as a child that will always be your favourite!! Having grown up in Bombay (now Mumbai), my favourite is the Hapus (Alphonso) that comes from the nearby region of Ratnagiri in western India. I can already hear the snorts of indifference and the grunts of disbelief coming my way at my choice!!



The mango has even earned itself a cheesy sobriquet as the 'King of Fruits'. While I may not be much into royalty, I do enjoy my mango .. and yes, eaten the true Indian way.. with my hands and by sucking on the flesh and the seed!!! If you are an Indian reading this...you know what I am talking about!!

But every once in a while, I like to incorporate it into my desserts. Keeping the season in mind, the palate and the meal crave for a dessert that is light and refreshing. And you also owe it to the ''King'' that he be showcased in the best possible way!! This dessert does all of that beautifully and much more...



A panna cotta is traditionally an Italian all- cream dessert but that would make it just too rich and heavy for the summer. I then came across a yoghurt variation that replaced some of the cream with yoghurt to lighten it. Taking it a step further, I replaced all the cream with yoghurt. The purists will argue that it's not a panna cotta anymore but then, I never claimed I was playing by the rules!!



The mango is beautifully showcased in both the layers. The top layer, a pure mango jelly, highlights the flavour of the fruit that goes on to find a subtler accent in the bottom layer. The flavour of the mango that you use will clearly shine through in this dessert. The yoghurt ensures that you are not left with a heavy, cloying feeling after this dessert, a factor that will be much appreciated in this weather!!

This is a beautiful, light and refreshing dessert for the summer and I insist that you try it atleast once before the mangoes leave the market!!!


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Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Mango Jelly

Adapted from this recipe from Joy of Baking

makes 6 medium-sized individual ramekins (but also depends on the size of your ramekins)

For the Yoghurt Panna Cotta

Ingredients


  • 1 1/3 cup yoghurt
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped mangoes (I used one large mango)
  • 5 tsp or 2 scant tbsp or 2 envelopes powdered, unflavoured gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
Cooking Directions
  • Sprinkle the powdered gelatin on the cold water in a bowl and leave to rest for a few minutes.
  • Take the yoghurt, sugar and mangoes and process in a food processor until smooth. The process is similar to making a smoothie. Do check for the sweetness of this mixture and add more sugar, according to your preference.
  • Gently heat this mixture in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low flame and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Do not heat on a high flame as this might split the yoghurt.
  • To this heated mixture, add the water with the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture equally between the ramekins and refrigerate for minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight to set. Do leave enough place in the ramekin for another smaller layer of the mango jelly.          
  • Do not leave the ramekins uncovered in the refrigerator as they might pick up some of the smells prevalent in the refrigerator.
  • Once completely set, proceed to make the mango jelly.

For the Mango Jelly

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped mangoes 
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp powdered, unflavoured gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
Cooking Directions
  • Sprinkle the powdered gelatin on the cold water in a bowl and leave to rest for a few minutes.
  • Take the chopped mangoes and sugar and process in a food processor until smooth. Check for the sweetness. Add a little water to this mixture and process again. The mixture should be 3/4 cup in volume. If it is less, then add some water to make up the volume.
  • Gently heat this mixture in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low flame and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  • To this heated mixture, add the water with the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture equally between the ramekins and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours to set.
  • Serve once completely set.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! this seems simple and looks really yummy.. I must try soon.. love yogurt-based desserts

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    1. Oh then you must try it Renuka!! you will really enjoy it!! it got a thumbs-up from everyone who had it the day I made it!!!

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  2. Woah! This looks so so good! I love a good panna cotta! I just got a whole big basket of sweet mangoes and I know just the thing to do with it. Great post! :)

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    1. Thanks Anuradha!! :) Do try it.. its perfect for the weather out there!! :)

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  3. I love mangoes. I've never tried making a dessert with them, but this seems like the perfect place to start!

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    1. Then you know you just have to give this one a go, Sara!! :)

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  4. That looks simply delicious. I could eat one right now!

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    1. If I were in Chicago.. I would have served up one right away!! :) Not sure if you find any out there.. but if you do..give these a shot!! :)

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    1. Thanks Mireia!! now get back to your exams!! :)))

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  6. What a gorgeous colored dessert! I was sucking on a mango seed just today lol.

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    1. Isn't it just so much fun to have a mango that way!!?! :) Thanks for dropping by Barbara!!

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  7. Beautiful colour. Love mango anything. These panna cotta must be very yummy!

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    1. then you absolutely have to try this dessert!!! They were more than yummy!! Thank you for stopping by Angie!!:)

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  8. Miss Baker-In-Disguise, it's Aunty Geeta's daughter Geraldine here. Mum just told me about your blog and as a food lover and someone who loves to cook for friends, I had to jump on and take a look! The way you present your recipes, particularly your Mango Yoghurt Panna Cotta is exactly how I like to read them: Fantastic, mouth watering photos, a lovely background story to showcase and get excited about the ingredients and an easy to follow recipe that is sure to guarantee great results! Best wishes for more great baking!

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    1. Geraldine!!! :))) Excellent to see you here!!! and thank you so much for the kindest words..you can't see me right now.. but am beaming from ear to ear.. what a lovely message to wake up to on a sunday morning!! :) Thank you so so much gerrie!! Come by again!!!:)

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  9. you have a lovely site here!!! perfect recipe for the summer...

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    1. Hey Rajani!! Thank you!! this has summer written all over it.. the mangoes, the yoghurt...Thank you for stopping by!! :)

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