Monday, June 13, 2011

My Birthday with Lychee and Ginger Pannacotta

Pannacotta means “Cooked Cream”. This is an Italian dessert. This is so silky smooth and soft. These are perfect for parties. They can be made a day in advance and kept refrigerated until they are ready to serve. This is made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, mixing this with gelatine and letting it cool until set. This is served with berries,  nuts and so on.

I saw this in a book called  “Vanitha pachakam”. The recipe was for plain pannacotta, but I just added lychee and grated ginger for some extra taste and they tasted perfect. I made this on my birthday which was on Saturday, 11th of June. Cakes have become common since they are made even without any occassion nowadays :-)

My birthday started with wishes from my dear and near ones, a surprise cake waiting for me in the kitchen (my Husband arranged that) followed by a sumptous lunch the next day. In all, I really enjoyed a lot. In the meanwhile I also made this dessert for the first time and it tasted lovely. Now this will be on my regular menu for special occasions.

The surprise cake at mid night

  1. Milk- 1cup
  2. Amul Cream- 1cup
  3. Sugar- ½ cup
  4. Gelatin- 3tsp
  5. Ice Water-2tsp
  6. Lychee- 4 to 5 (pureed)nos
  7. Ginger (grated)- 11tsp
  8. Vanilla Essence- 2tsp

  1. Take gelatin in a bowl and sprinkle water over that and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Mix milk, cream, ginger and sugar in sauce pan and heat it on low flame. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Melt the gelatin in microwave oven for 10 to 12 seconds. Stir well.
  4. Add this melted gelatin into the milk - cream mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the pureed lychees and leave the cream mixture to cool.
  5. Pour this in glass bowls, chill them until firm for about 2 to 3 hours. I have kept it over night.

At the time of  serving
  1. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each pannacotta and unmold each on a serving plate and garnish as desired.
  2. You can also demold by dipping the bowls in hot water for ½ minute. The dessert will easily come out on serving plate.

At the time of serving I didn’t had anything which I mentioned before for garnishing. So I used jam. I poured little warm water in 1tbsp of jam and mixed it well. Poured this over the pannacotta and decorated with some lychees.


  1. wow..that pannacotta loooks silky soft n yumm

  2. Lovely pannacotta..looks really beautiful and the texture looks very satin smooth.

  3. Happy birthday!! Wonderful treat for eyes!!

  4. Dear Zareena
    Happy birthday and many happy returns of the day.
    Very nice recipe and photographs. I ate some thing like this during my stay in Milano but did not have any idea about how it was made. Thanks for sharing .
    Have a nice week

  5. Wish you a very happy birthday!!
    The surprise cake is lovely... your pannacotta has an awesome texture... love the ginger zing..
    Event: Healing Foods - Banana

  6. wow delicious n belated happy birthay dear

  7. happy birthday Zareena! The panna cotta looks delicious!

  8. hey Zareena... many happy returns of the day to you( a li'l belated though). love the shape/font of "Z" on the cake.

  9. Happy birthday dear! Such a lovely dessert perfect for celebration...

  10. Happy birthday dear, seems u had a wonderful blast..Wat a wonderful and lovely dessert for celebration..Lovely texture..

  11. Happy b'day...:)
    Great recipe to celebrate with...

  12. Once again Happy B'day Zareena..Perfect yummy treat to celebrate b'day..looks & sounds super yum!

  13. have a blasting b day dear...absolutely divine recipe to celeb d special moment..:)

    Tasty Appetite

  14. Wish you a very Happy Birthday. Many many happy returns of the day.
    Cake looks delicious and tempting. Wonderful and mouth watering panacotta.

  15. First, happy belated birthday Zari!! Glad to know you had a wonderful day with family and friends- god bless.

    Adipoli panna cotta -- I've been sitting on the idea of making this dessert for a while now -- gotta get to it soon.

    Btw, my mom's from Kochi and my parent's settled in Thrissur. My hubby and I have an apartment in Kaloor -- we are definitely interested in settling in Ekm, inshaAllah :) One more thing - did you send me a request on fb -- so sorry but I'm not able to access my account for some reason though I get to see requests in my gmail. Thanks so much for being such a doll!

  16. Happy Happy Birthday Zareena! Both the lychee pannacotta and the chocolate cake look divine.

  17. Birthday wishes!!!! god bless ..
    this looks so yummy!!! i have seen that in VP

  18. Belated Birthday wishes Zareena ~ hugs :)
    Beautiful pics, gorgeous presentation n a great recipe = a winner :)
    US Masala

  19. Thank you all for your wishes and sweet notes. A warm welcome to my blog Archy. I am really lucky that I have got so many dear friends through blogging. :) Thank you so much for all your support.

  20. I have to try pannacotta :D Yours looks yummyyyy

  21. Sorry, I am late. Belated Happy Birthday to you, Zareena. Sounds like you had an awesome day. Lovely & delicious dessert, great job!

  22. Hi. The recipe looks amazing. I love Lychees and I just cant wait to try this. But, I want to know, for the measurements that you have mentioned how many servings do I get? You have made them ramekins, so how many ramekins did you get with the above measurements? Please reply. Thanks a lot.

  23. What an amazing recipe and so easy to make… I love this fruit and recently I am hooked on to this newly launch kdd harvest lychee juice.. seems like u like lychee a lot, you must try this juice.. one quick question, wont ginger make it too spicy?? And I hope u meant 1 tsp not 11!


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