Sunday, February 20, 2011
I made the following panna cotta as the dessert for a wonderful Persian meal Alfred made featuring gormeh sabzi and shirazi salad, which we've written about on here before. This panna cotta is similar to a very popular Persian dessert, yak dar behesht, which translates as Ice of Paradise. Like yak dar behesht, this creamy dessert is flavored with cardamom and rose water. However, yak dar behesht is made with rice flour and milk, and I have trouble digesting grains and dairy. So, I substituted coconut milk for the milk and used gelatin as the thickener. I also went ahead and used agave rather than sugar to be a little healthier :). It did not get quite as thick as I would have liked, but the taste was fantastic, our Iranian guests really enjoyed it! Next time I might add a little extra gelatin or try agar-gar, an alternative thickener and great vegan alternative to gelatin.
1 Can Coconut Milk, plus enough water to equal 2 Cups
5 Green Cardamom Pods, broken open
1/4 Cup Agave Nectar (or Honey)
2 teaspoons Rose Water
1 1/2 teaspoons Unflavored Gelatin
1/4 Cup Water
Sprinkle the gelatin over the 1/4 cup of water, whisk to combine, set aside.
Bring coconut milk and cardamom to a simmer. Add in the agave nectar and rose water. Strain the coconut milk to remove the cardamom. Add 1/4 of the hot coconut mixture to the gelatin mixture, whisk briskly to avoid lumps. Add the resulting mixture to the remaining coconut milk, whisk to combine thoroughly. Divide the panna cotta evenly between individual serving dishes or ramekins, cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture is set - at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
Top with berries, pomegranate arils, or other fruit just before serving.
Noosh-e-jan (Bon Appetite)
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