Thandai Panna Cotta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time
2 hrs
Total Time
25 mins
Panna cotta is a famous Italian dessert. This is a perfect duo of famous Indian drink, Thandai (spiced almond milk) and Italian dessert panna cotta. Make it this Holi to win your guest’s heart!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fusion, Indian, Italian
Keyword: holi recipe, indian fusion recipe, italian recipe
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Heta Sanghvi
For Panna Cotta
  • 1 cup Whole milk or any dairy free milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream or coconut cream
  • 2 tsp agar-agar powder or flakes
  • 2 tbsp thandai paste
  • 2 tbsp sugar don’t add if thandai paste already has sugar
For Thandai Paste (makes 5-6 tbsp)
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp melon seeds
  • 1 tbsp dry rose petals
  • 7-10 saffron strands optional, soaked in 1 tbsp warm milk
  • ½ cup milk or as needed
For Garnishing
  • 1 tsp thick strawberry puree
  • 1 tsp thick blackberry puree
  • Few Mint leaves
  • Some fresh fruits I’ve used strawberry, mango, and blueberry
Making Thandai paste
  1. Put all ingredients from thandai masala ingredients section in a blender and blend it to smooth paste.
Making Thandai Panna Cotta
  1. Take milk in a mixing bowl, add agar-agar powder, Mix it well and set aside
  2. Take a pan, put it on medium heat, add heavy cream, sugar and Thandai paste
  3. When the mixture becomes warm, add milk and agar-agar mixture
  4. Bring it to simmer, do not boil it
  5. Remove the pan from stove and let the mixture come to room temperature
  6. Now add the mixture to small bowls or ramekins and remove all bubbles
  7. Put ramekins into the refrigerator for 2-3 hours
Platting Thandai Panna Cotta
  1. Take a serving plate and add ½ tsp strawberry and blackberry puree in the center
  2. Using spoon tap the puree
  3. To unmold panna cotta run a paring knife around the edges
  4. Take a bowl full of hot water and submerge the lower end of the ramekin into that hot water for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Now flip the ramekin on the serving plate. Panna cotta should come out easily
  6. Garnish Panna cotta with some fresh fruits and mint leaves