PANNA COTTA – Lime and coconut Italian dessert


½ cup water
½ cup coconut milk
½ teaspoon agar agar powder
½ teaspoon lime extract
3 tablespoons or more agave nectar
Lime zest
Green food color (optional)
Chopped pineapple or berries

Dissolve the agar agar powder with ¼ cup water in a saucepan. Let it stand for about 5 minutes. Warm the coconut milk in another saucepan.

Put the saucepan with the dissolved agar agar over a low flame and stir continuously. When it comes to a boil, add in the warm coconut milk, rest of the water, lime essence, sugar, zest and colour. Stir till all the ingredients are incorporated. Taste it and add more sweetener if you desire.

After 3 or 4 minutes take it off the stove and put it into small bowls to set. This usually sets at room temperature, but tastes better when it is cold. So let it set in the fridge for a while and serve cold with chopped pineapple, berries or some berry coulis if you like.

Recipe by Rithika Ramesh