Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today, I am reposting my pannacotta recipe.

This is easily the simplest recipe for a pudding.You can totally astonish anyone with it. PANNA COTTA means cooked cream and COULIS is just a fruit puree. Panna cotta is an Italian cold dessert and as always........anything Italian never fails to make me go gaga... :) To me, panna cotta is a very versatile dessert.It can be made in various flavors and can be paired with any sweet sauce.With that said, today I am making one with pure vanilla extract which I think is a universally appealing flavor. Anyone who does not like vanilla(which I think is rare) can substitute it with a pinch of cardamom powder. For those of you who are not strawberry fans , you can try chocolate sauce, or any other fruit as per your taste(like mango, rasberry,mixed berry, orange etc) .Or even can have the panna cotta just the way it is.

WARNING : Once you see the beauty you have created, you may not have the heart to serve it to your family or guests. Just console yourself with the thought that this is such and easy recipe that you can make it, any time, in a jiffy. So go ahead and dive right in :)
INGREDIENTS :(serves 3-4)

  • Unflavored gelatin 1 (o.25 ounce) envelope -which equals to about 1 tbspn
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries - 2 cups (substitute with strawberry jam or preserve)
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 tbspn
  • Pudhina( mint) leaves - to garnish

DIRECTIONS(for panna cotta)

  • Pour warm milk into a small bowl and stir in the gelatin powder. Stir and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, pour heavy cream and stir in the sugar and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil, watching carefully, as the cream will quickly rise and overflow.
  • Pour the gelatin and milk into the cream, stirring until completely dissolved. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and pour into six individual ramekins( small cups) or tea cups or one big bowl.( I have used a ramekin).
  • Cool the ramekins or the bowl uncovered at room temperature. When cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate(do not freeze) for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. To serve, see directions below.
DIRECTIONS (for the strawberry coulis)
  • Cut the strawberrys in halves and place them in a saucepan.Add sugar and stir on medium heat till the strawberry starts letting out its juices.If you are using fresh strawberries , you may have to add 3-4 tbspns of water to get the process started.
  • Stir gently, because you do not want he strawberry peices to break up and get mushy.We need a chunky sauce.Cook for a total of 5-6 mins till all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and cool well.Once it is cooled add the lemon juice.
There are 2 ways to serve panna cotta.

1) you can serve the pudding in the individual ramekins itself topped with the strawberry coulis. No need to unmould.


2) Unmould and serve.

Directions to unmould:

  • Dip the ramekins in hot water for 3 secs.
  • Run a knife gently around the sides of the pannacotta.
  • Take a large dessert serving plate and hold the plate with the palm of one hand and the bowl with the other and with a swift motion turn the pudding bowl upside down. Now, remove the bowl and u will see this beautiful, appealing, creamy-white panna cotta on your plate.
Wait , wait..........Don't pounce on it just as yet. One more step to go .Take your strawberry coulis and spoon it on top of the panna cotta. Garnish with some pudhina( mint) leaves.

It's ready now .

Luv 'n' luc



  1. oh can't see the recipe :( Anyways, will be back to take a look later. Am sure your sis will love Singapore!

  2. i love panna cotta...but the recipe is missing..all i see are tags?
    and more pictures of panna cotta!!

  3. whr is the recipe dear...??But pannacotta looks absolutely gorgeous..

  4. Smitha… It is nice to see you again with a new dish.
    Why are you not with a recipe this time?

    ha ha… I came here frequently seeing the name of the dish…
    Panna kotta(it is better we don’t translate in malayalam, otherwise malayalees wont eat)


    I am just kidding...
    It appears nice... could you write the recipe for it too...I will try it at home... but I will call it only coulis. Atleast others should taste naa..

    Again was kidding

  5. drooling over it dear....lovely picture

  6. Tempting shot and writeup! But I'm not able to view the recipe dear..seeing only bullets and lines!

  7. I love panna cotta, as you said Italian desserts could make one crazy. Paired with strawberry coulis it sounds just heavenly and love the bright picture. Btw, the recipe is missing? whats the suspense???

  8. Edo! the recipe font is too tiny!btw the pics look good and says that the panna cotta was yummm!!

  9. heard about this b4 but never tasted thus looks so good but can't see the recipe

  10. LOL! Sorry guys. Have no idea what went wrong.The fonts were normal when I tried to edit it's fine now.Strange. Anyways sorry abt that and hope all of u can see the recipe now. :)

  11. panna cotta is the easiest and ever so delicious dessert!! the strwberry coulis on that would have been awesome!

  12. Thats'a gorgeous panna cotta..looks really good in black background,yumm..

  13. The Panna cotta looks gorgeous and yummy... Nice click. Will try making this soon.

  14. Yummy recipe Smitha....very colorful too...would love to try it...

  15. Thanks for the comments and proud to be a malayalee...

    And thanks for the recipe...

  16. Came back again! :) JUst to make sure I get the recipe :)

  17. hey smitha,
    Love pana cotta and yes the vanilla flavoured one will be damn yummy :) the strawberry coulis seems a bright and perfect combi for the silken dessert dearie :)
    Enjoy the week ahead!

  18. Looks yummy and gorgeous Smitha..

  19. Thats looks delicious, all time hit combination!

  20. i love panna cotta , urs looks delicious

  21. So true! I don't feel like breaking a perfect thing like this... but I just may have to. It sure would have tasted as good as it looks!

  22. Hi Smitha
    Please accept ur awards:)

  23. I have yet to try making panna cotta but your description and pictures are making me want to try this very soon :-)

  24. Panna Cottas are so great! And yours looks delicious!

  25. You're so right abt panna cotta being like silk ... and having it with strawberry coulis is classic! Elegant choice :)

  26. I have made the panacotta and yes i know what it means when u say have u tasted silk..

  27. Smitha what happened... Did your gas cylinder went for a syrike? No new recipes.

    Regarding undan pori thanks for the comments. I did not find its recipe anywhere so thought will be helpful to the prefessional cooks like you.

    Regarding having an undan pori there can be an another style.. I am thinking on it and maybe will publish it in the coming weeks...


  28. Panna cotta looks gorgeous and yummy....

  29. Panna cotta looks awesome...and its reallly a superb click.. :) hope u r busy nwadays... :)

  30. Panna cotta looks gorgeous!!!

  31. Ok, panna cotta moves up on the list of things I need to make!! Lovely collection of recipes - I just discovered your blog and promptly added to my blog roll =)

  32. wow! cool ..looks mouthwatering :)

  33. can we place orders through this blog. can your stuff be airflown!


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