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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 panna cotta

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Course:desserts
Cuisine:italian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
4.7 from 10 votes
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.

INGREDIENTS FOR mango panna cotta

(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 mango panna cotta

preparation for mango panna cotta recipe

  • first chop the agar agar strands in small pieces and soak them in warm water for 10 mins.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • the cream+milk+sugar mixture should just gently come to a boil. switch off the flame.
  • mix the hot agar agar solution into the hot cream+milk+sugar mixture and stir very well with a wired whisk. * check notes
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • while serving, top with some chopped mango pieces or garnish with mint leaves and serve mango panna cotta chilled.

RECIPE TIPS

* 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 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


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    • okay. did you add more agar agar strands than what is in the recipe. since as such cream is not thick and pulpy like mango pulp. so to set more agar agar strands are required.

    • rupashi, did you use agar agar strands or agar agar powder. sometimes depending on the quality of agar agar, the panna cotta or a mousse will not set. also in this recipe, the mango puree helps in setting. if used readymade mango puree, then its better to use a thick pulp. hope this helps.

    • for vanilla panna cotta, the recipe will change. so instead of mango puree, add 1.25 cups more of the cream. overall you can use 2 to 2.5 cups cream. increase the agar agar strands to 1.5 to 2 tablespoons. also more sugar will be needed. so you can add 1 to 1.5 cups sugar. add sugar as per taste.

  1. Hello Dassana, made this lovely recipe over the weekend, used canned mango pulp as the fresh mangoes I was getting were of dubious quality. Since the pulp is sweetened I reduced the amt of sugar to 2tbsp. I used slightly over 1.5 cups of pulp, but will up it to 2 cups next time for a more intense flavour and colour. I used gelatine powder and for your readers who are going to use gelatine instead of agar agar, I used 3tsp mixed in a little hot water . The panna cotta set perfectly. A great dessert which can be made ahead in case of a party. Thanks once again for such a lovely recipe. Also thank you for the Chole recipe, the home made masala takes the Chole to a new level. I am not fond of using store bought masalas and now I don’t need to:)

    • yes aashi, you can make a vanilla pannacotta. in this case, use 1.5 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cream. you can also just use 3 cups of cream instead of milk. add more sugar than what is mentioned in the recipe as per your taste. you can keep the chopped agar agar to 3 tsp or even use 4 tsp.

  2. Hi Dassana! I’ve been looking for a panna cotta recipe and I stumbled upon yours and I have been wanting to make it ever since I found it. However, I live in the U.S. so I am not exactly sure where I can find the Amul Cream. Do you know if there is a substitute for it//another brand that would be easier to find? Thanks so much!

  3. Hi Dassana!!! Wonderful recipe!!! Got some beautifully rich, ripe mangoes & I am dying out to try your recipe right now… the most frustrating part is that I could not find any cream in nearby groceries….
    still I desperately want to make this..Is there any way to make it only with whole milk???? Please, please help me…. would be grateful to you.

    • thanks najia. you will need cream for this recipe. milk won’t do as then the panna cotta won’t set. if you have some collected malai from the milk, in your fridge, then just whip it up till smooth and use it.

  4. Dear Dassana,
    I have tried making this so many times never succeeded, till I tried it the way YOU have shown here. Just loved it.
    Trying out everyday a new dish and just loving it. Family Loving it too. The step by step pictures help too.
    Love reading the narration at the beginning.
    Thanks

  5. HI… I just wanted to know in case of using flavored china grass ….how to use it ? i mean in the same way you have used agar agar or anything else??? pls help….

  6. Hi I have a quick question. Just to be more precise… I have a pack of strips of agar agar which is 10g. So how much of it Should I use if I chop roughly.

  7. 1st time tried making it and everyone loved it. Great recipe and thnx for the detailed instructions. Used 3 mangoes which yielded 3cups puree, swapped the amounts of milk and cream (calorie conscious haha) , added 1/2cup more of cream and milk, and used 6 tspn of agar agar for tht amount of puree (shud have just easily doubled the ingredients) . 1st time using agar and it takes time to dissolve I realised, that was d only waiting time. Nevertheless texture was great, not too soft and not too hard.

  8. Works just perfect! I had previously tried a recipe which suggested adding agar agar to warm milk which was disastrous.
    The quantities are perfect! And the panna cotta demoulded well!

  9. What will happen if I add more agar agar than the mentioned quantity. I understand that if added less, it won’t set properly. If more?

  10. Looks like a wonderful recipe!!
    Just a query though…
    If I were to make vanilla panna cotta..
    Then I should only add vanilla essence and nothin els rite?
    Rest all ingredients nd quantities remain the same??

    • yes, only vanilla essence is added. since here mango pulp is added, to make vanilla panna cotta, just double up the proportions of cream, milk and the rest of the ingredients. with 1.25 cups cream and 1 cup milk, the quantity of panna cotta will be less, just about 2 servings.

  11. Dear Dassana
    Love you site 😀 Had a quick question. You mentioned in your write up that agar-agar is an ingredient in china grass. So can I use china grass in this recipe? If so, how much would I need? Thanks a ton in advance. Keep rocking the kitchen and the interwebs 😀 Love, K

    • yes you can use china grass. since china grass is in powdered form, you can add up to 2 to 3 tsp. but remember to use a vanilla or mango flavored china grass. any other flavored one will overall contribute to the panna cotta flavor.

  12. i know this is a really stupid question to ask on a vegetarian blog..but if i were to use gelatin instead of agar agar, do you know how much i should use? i’m out of agar agar right now and just dying to make your recipe..none of the other mango panna cotta recipes online look as beautiful or yummy as yours. thanks 🙂

    • thats difficult to answer. i have never used gelatin, so i have no idea how much to add. i am just guessing here. 1 tsp. but not sure. you can read the directions on the gelatin pack and adjust as per the ingredients in the recipe. and thanks 🙂

  13. Love the presentation… may i ask what kind of glass bowls are these? Are they oven safe and how much do they hold?

    • grease the bowls with oil before adding the panna cotta. once set, gently tap the sides and demould them. you can even place them in warm water for some seconds and then demould them.

  14. Oh my! This looks scrumptious. I’ve never actually seen a mango pannacotta before. This is right in time for the coming mango season.

  15. Yum! I want this right now! I wish I could just close and open my eyes like a genie and make it appear.

    • I made these with agar agar powder. I doubled the recipe so I added 3 tsp of agar agar. The top of my panna cotta looks set, but inside its like a thick pudding. Should I have added more ? Is there any way to fix it? I set it overnight.

      • let it set overnight. it will be fine. if not set well, then you can still enjoy it. it tastes damn good even without it getting set. there is no way to fix it.

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