First rains have hit Mumbai shores. Nature swelled with pride, sea marked the monster high tides. Welcome to the most awaited season of the year. Rains….that not only sooth the earth but also brings pleasure to eyes. Being a Mumbaikar, I am also happy that it rejuvenates the numerous waterfalls in and around the hillocks and the mountain tops, giving an opportunity to believe and live the goodness of green nature that still exists.
Marking the rainy season also means paving exit path to king fruit – mangoes. That wakes me up, how can I bid adieu to my beloved fruit without making one special dessert out of it. So here you go, mango panna cotta topped with mango purée.
An Italian delicacy made its way into the kitchens of many hundreds countries and in the hearts of many million hearts.
Step 1 – Mango Panna Cotta
- 250 gms fresh cream
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 Alphonso mangoes
- 2 tbsp powdered china grass/agar agar powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract warm water
- 1/4 cup warm water
Method – Stir in the china grass powder in the warm water till it melts completely and keep it aside.
Purée the mangoes add sugar and keep it aside.
Whip the fresh cream, add in the vanilla extract. Stir in the puréed mangoes and china grass mix. Pour in the serving glasses. Let it rest for one and half to two hours in refrigerator.
Step 2 – Mango purée glaze ( Prepare the mango glaze once after the panna cotta is set)
- 1 Alphonso mango
- 1/2 tbsp china grass/agar agar powder
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- pinch of ground cardamom powder
Method – Stir on the agar agar powder and sugar in the warm water, until it melts and combined with the water. Purée the mango, add agar agar mix and cardamom powder and stir well.
Assemble – Pour the mango glaze prepared at step 2 on the set panna cotta at step 1. Let it cool again for 2 hours in refrigerator before serving.
- This can be made couple of days ahead of serving time.
- For the mango glaze, you can increase the quantity of the sugar, if your audience prefer sweeter version.