I am going to graduate soon… Counting down, it’s only about three weeks left. Lots of things are not settled yet, and I have zillions of assignments/tests although this is my last semester. Aside from those things, I need to finish my supply of goodies I brought from home soon. And one of them, as you may have guessed, is agar-agar. It’s totally vegan because it is made of seaweed. I usually use the Indonesian brand agar-agar powder solely because I’m not familiar with other brands. To decrease the amount of my agar-agar supply, I wanted to make some puddings, and I came across a lovely panna cotta recipe using agar-agar from Camilla Saulsburry.
“Panna cotta is an Italian dessert usually made of cream, milk, sugar, and gelatin,” says Wikipedia. Camilla made her panna cotta entirely vegetarian by using agar-agar to substitute gelatin, coconut milk to substitute the cream, and soy yogurt. Since I didn’t have any soy yogurt, I just used a regular, unsweetened yogurt. I didn’t add additional sugar, since the sauce itself will be sweet.
Agar Panna Cotta with Mango Sauce Recipe
Adapted from Camilla Saulsburry (englightenedcooking.blogspot.com)
For four servings
1 1/4 cups of canned coconut milk
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp of agar-agar powder
Combine agar-agar powder, coconut milk, and sugar in a medium saucepan and simmer under low heat for about 8 minutes.
Whisk in yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth.
Pour into 4 individual ramekins or glasses, or a silicone muffin pan like I did.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
For the mango sauce, you need:
1 large ripe mango
2 tsp of sugar
2 tsp of lime juice
Process the mango chunks, sugar, and lime juice in a blender/food processor until smooth, and refrigerate.
Since I didn’t have a blender, I decided to get Alphonso mango juice from Almarai. It’s already sweetened and thick enough for the sauce. Fast and easy 🙂
Immerse bottom half of the ramekins in hot water for 15 seconds to help getting the panna cotta out. Invert them onto the plates. If you use a glass, you don’t need to do this. Serve it the mango sauce.