LEMONGRASS AND COCONUT VEGAN PANNA COTTA WITH MANGO MELBA



What does summer in a glass taste like? It’s a questions us foodies like to experiment with, but I think I’ve found the sure-fire answer: a Lemongrass and Coconut Vegan Panna Cotta with Mango Melba! Each of the ingredients are so lush, tropical and encapsulate the freshness of summer in a unique taste. Mangoes, as you all know, are my absolute favourite fruit, and my obsession runs wild during summer when it’s the peak time for mangoes. I always stock up on crates of mangoes and experiment throughout the hot months. This time I wanted to combine it with two other ingredients that are bold and I love so much: lemongrass and coconut. The flavours of this dessert remind me of when I’ve lived in and visited tropical countries, the citrusy lemongrass and sweet mango pairs so well with the creamy coconut in the panna cotta. Oh, and did I mention it’s vegan?! You won’t even believe it, it tastes just as good, maybe even better than a normal panna cotta.


Also, I remember mentioning that a panna cotta is one of the easiest desserts to prep and plate beforehand? Here’s the perfect example of how you can make a panna cotta in advance while making the plating look exquisite! The panna cotta can be set in glasses - I used shot glasses for cute individual portions.


You seriously need to try this because the flavours are so complex and beautiful the only way to actually experience it is to taste the dish itself. Try this recipe and send over the pictures or feedback by commenting down below!

 

PREP TIME: 20 minutes COOKING TIME: 7 minutes PASSIVE TIME: 10-12 hours YIELDS: 16-18



INGREDIENTS


For coconut panna cotta

  • 400ml coconut cream

  • 100 ml coconut milk

  • 250g coconut yogurt, room temperature

  • 4 lemongrass stalks

  • 7 tbsp caster sugar

  • 1 1/2 tbsp agar agar powder

  • 2 tbsp hot water


For Mango Melba:

  • 3 alphonso mangoes/ 1 1/2 cup mango pulp

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp lemon juice


For Garnish:

  • 1 Alphonso mango, diced into 1cm cubes

  • Few Mint leaves

  • Coconut shavings, toasted


Equipment Needed:

  • 16-18 shot glasses, 30 ml capacity each


METHOD


  1. Bruise lemongrass with the back of knife and cut into 2 inch pieces. Pour coconut cream in a saucepan, add lemongrass and heat the cream for 5 minutes on medium to low fire. Do not boil the cream.

  2. Pour the cream in a bowl along with lemongrass, cool it room temperature. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place it in the fridge overnight to accentuate the flavours of lemongrass.

  3. In a small bowl put agar agar powder, pour hot water on top and let it sit for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove coconut cream from the fridge, strain it in a bowl through a fine sieve, squeezing lemongrass with the back of a spoon to let out all the extract from it.

  5. In a small saucepan, pour coconut milk, sugar and soaked agar agar and heat it until agar agar is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Pour it into the strained cream, and mix to combine well.

  6. Using a hand whisker, whisk the coconut yogurt and add it to the coconut cream mixture. Gently whisk everything together to incorporate. Transfer to a pouring jug.

  7. Place the shot glasses sl