Thursday, 25 September 2014

Rose & Cardamom Panna Cotta

Often its the case that things happen because they were destined to take place. There is no connection, no association, yet, when such incidents occur, they leave one wondering why did that happen really?? Sigh!! But its only a little later that you realize, the reason. 

Here's my story when i was struck with something that was completely clueless about! 

I was on a look out on a recipe of a savory to contribute for a food event on an FB group, that i am a part of. I picked my key ingredients as Rose and Cardamom, still clueless with what to cook. This Italian dessert, delicately named, Panna Cotta, was one such case that just stormed up suddenly in my kitchen that day. I was completely uninformed about the ingredients of this dainty looking Miss, until i found myself in a local store frantically collecting stuff for my sweet cravings! 

I can't recall how and when i happened to hear this name, but i remember whenever its was, since then i have had an apprehension towards this jello, that making it would be a daunting task! Ha ha ha ha..Really??? I mock at myself now, laugh at my own presumptions and wonder how stupid i could be! The little did i know that this was THE one of the easiest sweetsomes to master! Finally, i attempted it, and it was all done in 30 mins!!! Yes, thats all! Mine was a royal amalgamation of Rose and Cardamom, sound exotic, Isnt it?? Trust me, it tasted similar too. An easy peasy pudding for which you could have varied versions of flavors - Vanilla, Saffron or Chocolate or may be Mango..You are permitted to think aloud with its flavors coz this dame will never give you a tough time...I bet!

Try it yourself to conquer your fright just like i did..ha ha ha!

1.5  cups heavy cream
¼ cup Sugar
1.5  tsp powdered Gelatin
3 tbsp cold water
½ tsp freshly grounded cardamom powder
2 tbsp fresh rose petals – Churned in a blender with little milk
2 tbsp chopped pistachios
Flavorless oil for ramekins

Steps to Follow:-

1. Line the ramekin with slight oil and keep aside. 
2. Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water in a bowl and let it stand for 5-10 minutes, until soft.  3. Heat the heavy cream with sugar in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved.  
4. Add in the pureed rose petals and thoroughly mix. 
5. Remove from the heat and stir in the cardamom powder. 
6. Add the gelatin to the warm panna cotta mixture & stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. 
7. Divide the mixture and pour into 2 ramekins and refrigerate (Freezer compartment) of atleast 3 – 4hrs. 
8. Garnish with finely chopped rose petals and pistachios  juliennes. 

So here It is..the gorgeous beauty, absolutely drool worthy, waiting to be yours truly! Try this Italian pud and grab appreciations galore!

NOTE: De-moulding these lovelies could be tricky, so when out of the snowy zone, heat some water in a pan and give it a boil. Dip the ramekins in the hot boiling water for NOT more than 5 secs.  Run a knife around the edges of the ramekin and invert it on a serving platter. If the panna cotta doesn't de-mould right away, tap the ramekin lightly on the countertop to loosen it. If it still doesn't de-mould, return it to the hot water bath for another five seconds and repeat. Still doesn't, don't panic, Panna cotta can also be served without de-moulding. :)


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