mango panna cotta recipe | vegetarian mango panna cotta recipe

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mango panna cotta recipe - creamy and smooth italian dessert made with mangoes, cream and milk. a vegetarian recipe using agar agar.
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mango panna cotta recipe with step by step photos – smooth velvety vegetarian panna cotta made with mangoes.

mango panna cotta recipe

this famous italian dessert is hubby’s favorite dessert and i do make them occasionally. when the season of mangoes arrive, i make this variation of mango panna cotta with alphonso mangoes. i have been making the panna cotta for some years now. just that the recipes never got to the blog. along with this version, i also make strawberry panna cotta and the regular vanilla panna cotta.

panna cotta means “cooked cream” in italian. its a softly set pudding which is creamy yet firm. generally gelatin is used to set this pudding. panna cotta can be wholly made with cream or with a combination of cream, milk and fruits.

once set, the panna cotta should gently wobble. i have used 4 teaspoons of chopped agar agar strands which i felt set the panna cotta perfectly. i have used less amount of agar agar before and the panna cotta did not set well. you can even unmold the panna cotta easily, if you follow this recipe. use oiled bowls or ramekins so that the unmolding is easy.

the thickening & setting ingredient in this vegetarian mango panna cotta is agar agar and not gelatin. agar agar is also added in the flavored china grass that are available in the stores. agar agar strands and powder are available easily in indian metro cities. i have used agar agar in few more recipes like mango pudding, mango cheesecake and pomegranate mousse.

making panna cotta is easy. i have used alphonso mangoes to make the mango pulp. use any good quality sweet mangoes. just make sure they are not fibrous. for the cream, i used amul cream which is a low fat cream.

if you are looking for more mango recipes then do check mango cakemango mousse, mango muffinsmango kulfi, mango ice cream, mango lassi and mango mastani recipe.

vegetarian mango panna cotta recipe below:

mango panna cotta recipe
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mango panna cotta recipe

mango panna cotta recipe - creamy and smooth italian dessert made with mangoes, cream and milk. a vegetarian recipe using agar agar.
course desserts
cuisine italian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 medium alphonso mangoes Or about 225 to 250 grams and yields, approx 1.5 cups mango puree
  • 1.25 cups cream - 25% to 35% low fat
  • 1 cup whole full fat milk
  • 4 teaspoon chopped agar agar strands Or 1 to 1.5 teaspoon agar agar powder
  • ¼ cup water for soaking the agar agar strands
  • ½ cup organic unrefined cane sugar Or regular sugar - add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or essence

how to make recipe

preparation for mango panna cotta recipe:

  1. first chop the agar agar strands in small pieces and soak them in warm water for 10 mins.
  2. rinse, peel and chop the mangoes. add the chopped mangoes in a blender and make a smooth puree. keep the mango puree aside.

making mango panna cotta recipe:

  1. mix cream, milk and sugar in a pan or sauce pan and keep it on the stove top. stir with a wired whisk. keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil. the sugar should also dissolve completely.
  2. also at the same time, keep the agar agar and water solution on the stove top. keep on stirring the agar agar solution and let it cook till the agar agar strands are dissolved completely.
  3. the cream+milk+sugar mixture should just gently come to a boil. switch off the flame.
  4. mix the hot agar agar solution into the hot cream+milk+sugar mixture and stir very well with a wired whisk. * check notes
  5. wait for about 5 mins till the panna cotta mixture becomes less hot. then add the mango puree and vanilla extract. mix very well with the wired whisk.
  6. pour the mango panna cotta in serving bowls. cover the serving bowls with a lid or aluminium foil/plastic wrap. let the panna cotta become warm. then place the bowls in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours till the panna cotta is set.
  7. while serving, top with some chopped mango pieces or garnish with mint leaves and serve mango panna cotta chilled.

recipe notes

* both the agar agar solution and the cream mixture should be hot when you mix them. in case one of them cools or becomes warm :
- for agar agar - on cooling the agar agar sets and becomes gelatinous, so add some hot water and reheat them with continuous stirring. you can also use a hot water bath.
- for the cream mixture - gently reheat this mixture on a low flame till its hot.

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step by step vegetarian mango panna cotta recipe:

1. first chop the agar agar strands in small pieces and soak them in warm water for 10 mins. use kitchen scissors to chop the agar agar strands. remember to chop the agar agar in small or tiny pieces.

agar agar for mango panna cotta recipe

2. meanwhile chop and then make a smooth puree of the mangoes in a blender.

mango puree for making mango panna cotta recipe

3. mix cream, milk and sugar in a pan or sauce pan and keep it on the stove top. stir with a wired whisk. the sugar should dissolve completely. keep on stirring at intervals while the cream mixture comes to a gentle boil.

mix ingredients for making panna cotta recipe

4. also at the same time, keep the agar agar and water solution on the stove top. keep on stirring the agar agar solution and let it cook till the agar agar strands are dissolved.

agar agar solution for mango panna cotta recipe

5. the cream+milk+sugar mixture should just gently come to a boil. switch off the flame.

mixture for making mango panna cotta recipe

6. the agar agar has also dissolved by now.

agar agar for making mango panna cotta recipe

7. mix the hot agar agar solution into the hot cream+milk+sugar mixture and stir very well with a wired whisk.

preparing mango panna cotta recipe

8. wait for about 5 mins till the panna cotta mixture becomes less hot. then add the mango puree and vanilla extract.

add mango puree to panna cotta mixture

9.  stir and mix very well.

mango panna cotta recipe

10. pour the mango panna cotta in serving bowls. cover the serving bowls with a lid or aluminium foil/plastic wrap. let the panna cotta become warm. place the bowls in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours till the panna cotta is set.

pouring the mango panna cotta in serving bowls

11. while serving, top the serving bowls with some chopped mango pieces or garnish with mint leaves and serve mango panna cotta chilled.

mango panna cotta recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. I am a vegetarian. Glad to have found this recipe. We can’t find any shops in Perth that sell agar agar strands. Only in powder packet. Should the powder be the same measurement as the strands in is this recipe? Thanks

    • thanks. i have mentioned the amount in the recipe card. you can use 1 to 1.5 teaspoon of agar agar powder.

  2. This recipe you have serves 3 to 4 people?

    • if a person has only one bowl, then it serves 3 to 4. otherwise it will serve less people.

  3. Can i make this with 2% milk (or toned milk) instead of whole milk?
    Thank you so much!

    • Welcome Eva. You can use toned milk.

  4. Hi dear, I’m a big fan of ur blog n hv tried few of ur recipes. Have just finished d mango kulfi n shifted it in the freezer… N waiting. Coming to this recipe, pls let me know if I can half this recipe. If yes, then will all d ingredients b halved? What with agar agar? Will b using it for d first time. Thanx in advance.

    • Thanks Nidhi for your kind words. All the ingredients will be halved including agar agar.

  5. Can i get a substitute for agar agar n gelatin?

    • there is no substitute. you can just skip both in the recipe.