Sunday, February 20, 2011

Panna Cotta



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.

Panna Cotta
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)

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, Sweets for a Saturday, Messy Missy's Marvelous Mess Party, and Sweet Tooth Friday. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

17 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to make this and I am hoping I will do so, after seeing your recipe is doable. Thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays. I appreciate your support.

    If you have any brunch recipes, stop by on Wednesday and share. That is a real fun linky. Everyone seems to love brunch.

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  2. That sounds like such a interesting dish, like something from a very upscale restaurant. Your pomegranate seed photo is what drew me to your post....lovely photo!! I'd love it if you'd link this project up on my Marvelous Mess party!! I'll be picking one project to feature prominently on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link to it:
    http://tinyurl.com/4k6f29c

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  3. Sweet and Savory - We hope you try it and that you like it! Thanks as always for hosting MMM, and we'd love to stop by for brunch recipes on Wed.

    Messy Missy - Well thank you very much, but don't let the fancy look fool you, it is super easy to make! We're headed over to link up to your Marvelous Mess party right now!

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  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I've always wanted to try making panna cotta or similar custard like dishes but was hesitant because of the milk and eggs. I've definitely bookmarked this to try some time!

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  5. This sounds heavenly! A few months ago I found out I was very allergic to casein. I had went through a period of bereavement over the loss of custards (creme brulee, ice creams, creme caramel)...but one of my favs was panna cotta! So excited to try this!

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  6. Withoutadornment - I(ashlie) can certainly relate to the hesitancy over eggs and dairy - both send my disgestive system into a tail spin! Please let us know how it turns out if/when you give it a try!

    Eryn - Thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoy the recipe - if you are allergic to casein you may want to try the agar-agar rather than gelatin which is an animal product, I'm not sure if it contains casein or not. Coconut milk is my favorite non-dairy milk, it produces wonderful ice cream, puddings, and mock whipped cream!

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  7. These panna cotta look simple and delicious. My vegan friend should love to get her hand on this recipe. I'll refer her to your site. Thanks for sharing. Hm...I can't wait to try them myself too.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  8. Oh Yum...Your Panna Cotta looks so delicate but full of flavor. I would really like a serving of this. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

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  9. That is simply beautiful. I love the contrast of the bright poms on the creamy panna cotta!

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  10. Those pomegranate seeds really make your dessert pop with lovely color. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your panna cotta up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

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  11. Thank you all for stopping by! As always, we always love to read your comments, and we look forward to hearing back from you if you try the recipe out!

    Lisa - we'd love to link up, thanks for the invite!

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  12. Your photos are delicious! We love panna cotta, and pomegranate arils are the perfect finishing touch.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  13. Hi Butteryum - In addition to tasting great and offering many health benefits, pomegranate arils just make everything pretty :) We savor them all we can during their short season! thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Hi again...I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!

    Amy
    http://utry.it/2011/03/culinary-smackdown-battlecookies.html

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  15. Looks delicious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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  16. This recipe looks devine. I LOVE cardamom, rosewater, pomegrantes and coconut.. I have company coming this weekend and this will be our dessert for sure..
    great blog and I am your newest follower; come check out my blog and see if you like it too.

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  17. Hi Amy - We are heading over right away, thanks for the invite :)

    Jerri - No, no, no - Thank you!

    Judee - Thanks for stopping by! Your coleslaw looks great and we look forward to following your blog from now on!

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