Mango flavored cream pudding
When life throws mangoes at you….make a whole lot of mango desserts ! This mango season I lucked out with some wonderful souls gifting me ripe, home grown mangoes. So, it is mangoes galore at home and what a way to celebrate the king of fruits. I made Mango Panna Cotta today – this dessert is like a perfect match made in heaven between a gorgeous Indian prince and a beautiful Italian lady ! So much for metaphors ah 😉 !
“Panna” simply means cream. Panna Cotta is cooked and molded cream which is done usually with the help of Gelatin. As I prefer to keep this dish vegetarian, I have used Agar Agar aka China grass. This is a type of sea-weed which works as a beautiful veggie substitute for Gelatin. Lets see how to make this light and refreshing dessert, shall we?
For making the Mango Panna Cotta you will need –
As you can see, I have chopped up agar agar into small pieces, which will enable it to easily dissolve in the sugar water. We will need to be prepared with couple of things before we start cooking –
Blend the mango pieces and cream in a mixer grinder to make smooth mango cream and set aside.
Also, please decide on the mold you will be using to “set” the panna cotta. Here, I am using a silicon mini bundt pan. I have just greased the molds with light olive oil. You can chose to set it in a muffin pan or small glass tumblers as well.
Now, we will get to the actual cooking part. In a two liter pressure cooker, add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and the chopped agar agar.
Close the pressure cooker and fix the weight. Cook this mixture on high flame (1100 w induction) for 1 whistle. This should not take more than 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat source immediately and release the pressure manually.
To the agar agar-sugar syrup, add the mango cream and make sure to blend really well. Pour this mixture into the molds/container you want to “set” it in.
Refrigerate this for 2-3 hours or till it gets set completely. Once the Panna Cotta sets you can carefully remove them from the mold and serve. Be super super gentle and try not to break it 🙂 The mark of a perfectly set Panna Cotta is that it should gently wobble when you touch it.
If you are setting them in glass tumblers you can serve them as individual serving as is. Enjoy !