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Vanilla Panna Cotta With Mango Gelee

Vanilla bean flavored panna cotta with agar-agar topped with mango gelee

This month, the groovy gourmets decided on making a panna cotta. I have never heard this name before and on googling I found out that its a classic Italian dessert meaning cooked cream. Thanks to the group, I got to know about this luscious dessert.

Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made with cream, milk, sugar and gelatin. It is prepared by simmering milk, cream, sugar and then mixed with gelatin and then cooled until it is set. This dessert has a soft, smooth and creamy texture. Panna cotta can be flavored with a simple vanilla bean and served with any berry coulis, fruit sauce or warm chocolate sauce. You can even add fruit puree or chocolate to flavor the panna cotta.

I have made a vanilla bean panna cotta with agar-agar and topped it with a mango gelee. A gelee is a jelly like substance made with fruit puree and set with a gelling agent like gelatin or agar agar. This is a special post as its the 100th recipe in my blog. Thanks to my family, friends and followers for all your support and feedback and helping me to achieve this milestone!


For vanilla panna cotta:

Fresh cream - 250 ml
Full fat milk - 250 ml
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla bean - 1
Agar agar powder - 2 tsp / 5 gm

For mango gelee:

Mango puree - 250 ml
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Agar agar powder - 1 tsp / 2.5 gm


To make vanilla panna cotta:

1. Slit the vanilla bean and scrap the pods. In a saucepan add milk, cream, sugar, agar agar powder and the scraped vanilla pods.

2. Heat on a medium flame and keep stirring till the agar agar and sugar are completely dissolved.

3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a minute. Immediately remove from heat.

4. Strain the mixture and pour the mixture into ramekins or glasses.

5. Let it cool completely. Cover with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.

To make mango gelee:

1. Add mango puree, sugar and agar-agar powder in a saucepan.

2. Heat on a medium flame and keep stirring till the agar agar and sugar are completely dissolved.

3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a minute. Immediately remove from heat.

4. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Allow it cool.

5. Pour this over the vanilla panna cotta and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.


1. You can substitute vanilla bean with vanilla extract. Add 1 tsp extract when the mixture is simmering. If you are using vanilla essence, add 2 tsp.

2. Do not boil the mixture for long time. Just bring to boil and simmer for a minute.

3. I have used canned mango puree for the gelee. You can also use fresh mangoes.

4. Allow the mixture to cool completely before refrigerating. Mango gelee should be completely cooled before pouring into the set vanilla panna cotta layer.

5. Adding lemon juice in gelee is optional, but it gives a tartness which balances the sweetness of the dish.

6. The amount of sugar needed for gelee depends on the sweetness of the mango. So adjust the sweetness accordingly.

Check out more panna cotta recipes cooked by other gourmets @ Radhika's and Anusha's space.


  1. Congratulations for your 100th post...hope to see many more centuries...I am your new follower please do visit my blog in your

  2. such a lovely look of the glass... wish to grab it now...

  3. oh is words to explain your clicks..gorgeous..i cant take my eyes off:)

  4. Looks so delicious! I always wanted to make pannacotta! Thnx a lot! :)

  5. Love the way you've set it ! Looks so delicious

  6. The presentation of panna cotta is really beautiful, makes it so inviting. Yum!

  7. This is so colourful and lovely Sona.. Thanks for sharing dear :-)

  8. Delicious Pannacotta.. Love the combo of flavors.. Nice presentation..

  9. lovely dish as well as presentation.

  10. looks so divine.. pass a glass over here...

  11. A perfect party dessert. nice one

  12. Perfect pannacotta's and i loved it.....

  13. Just the love you have presented it - beautiful! Makes it look so tempting, feel like grabbing one from the screen!

  14. beautiful presentation :)

  15. i can never do that divide and partition thingy this well. Very very nicely done

  16. Wowww,that makes me drool all over my laptop ;)Fantastic sona.


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