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Mango Greek Yoghurt Panna cotta

Mangoes are not cultivated in Greece but we only have imported ones and only in the past years they have started to become more popular.  Since they are imported they are much more expensive than the fruit produced locally, which can be found in abundance, they are delicious and of course much cheaper.

As I read in Wikipedia there are about 1000 varieties of mangoes but I have only found this variety called Bras Mango and one day when I went to a big supermarket chain and saw the mangoes I put two in the cart not knowing what to do with them.

When Srivalli, of Cooking 4 all Seasons, announced the event Mango Mela, on My Recipes & Events I was really not sure what to make, so I decided to go on the safe side.

My first thought was to make a cream and add pureed cooked mangoes into the cream and make it into a mousse like I did in the strawberry mousse but then I changed my mind so instead of cooking the fruit, I just dipped them in the syrup for just a minute, which was enough to release some of its juices and flavour in the syrup.

Instead of making mango mousse, I combined the yoghurt with a panna cotta, since I have been using gelatine a lot lately.  Panna cotta, which means cooked cream, is  usually served in ramekins.  The dessert is then inverted in a plate and served with fruit, sauces, caramel, chocolate etc.  As I do not have any ramekins I served the dessert in glasses and when serving I added the fruit, syrup and nuts.

I made the dessert in the afternoon and by the time it set it was late.  After dinner, we wanted to eat dessert,  so I had to take pictures of the dessert  during the evening.  Unfortunately I do not have proper lightening for taking pictures inside and all pictures I have taken have a kind of yellowish colour.  I tried using the flash but they turned out even worse.  I hope this is one of the last bad photos I am sharing here as I am looking forward to getting my new camera which I ordered online a few days ago.

Mango Greek Yoghurt Panna cotta – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 5




Heavy cream 35%






Thyme honey



Gelatine (1tablespoon) or 6 sheets



Cold water



Greek strained yoghurt



Crashed cardamom

For Mango Syrup









Brandy or other liqueur





Soak the gelatine in cold water until soft.


Place the cream, honey and sugar in a saucepan and heat the mixture over low heat (do not boil). Αdd the gelatine and mix until it dissolves.  Allow to cool.


Put the yogurt with the cardamom in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer for about 3 minutes until it is nice and smooth.


Pour the panacotta into the yoghurt and mix well.


Divide into bowls, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours, or until just set.


In a non-stick frying pan add the sugar, liqueur and water. Bring to a boil mixing continuously, dip in the mangoes for 1 minute and remove from the syrup before they mash.


Serve mango and syrup on top of cream, adding some crushed walnuts.

Citygirl, of City Girl Lifestyle, has passed on to me the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thank you so much, I wish I could pass it on to you as well.

As part of passing this award on, I am listing six reasons I am happy today:

1.  As I said above I am expecting my new camera to arrive soon.

2.  Tomorrow we will be visiting the new Acropolis Museum and will be having lunch on the roof garden of the museum (if we find free tables, as you cannot yet make an online reservation) but even if we don’t, we shall eat somewhere around the Acropolis and that by itself, is exciting

3.  After lunch we are leaving for another long weekend….., relaxing, swimming, site seeing etc.

4.  I have started acupuncture for my back problems and combined with swimming, loosing weight, spending less hours on the computer, exercising etc., I am feeling much better.

5.  I am not on a strict diet but I am eating healthier and have lost a few kilos.  I have stopped eating sugar and I am eating less salt as my doctor has suggested and eating smaller quantities of healthy food.  Promise to post some healthier recipes soon.

6.  There is another reason that I am very happy and has to be with our weekend getaways.  I do not want to jinx it yet but hope to share the good news with you when this is over.

As City Girl says, the rules are not very clear, so as much as I would like to pass this award on to all of you,  I want to  pass it on to 10 new friends:

1.  Angie, of Angie’s Recipes

2.  Jen, of A2eatwrite

3.  Yasmeen, of Health Nut

4.  Natasha, of 5 Star Foodie

5. Poornima, of Tasty Treats

6.  Reeni, of Cinnamon & Spice

7.  Lisa, of Lisa is Cooking

8.  Heni, of Simplicity by the Sea

9.  Adam, of Baking with Dynamite

10.  Parita, of Parita’s World

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23 Responses

  1. Your panna cotta looks fantastic with the mango syrup and walnuts! Great combination. Thanks for the award! What a great surprise this morning.

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  2. Isn’t this just wonderful for NOW! It’s just SO SUMMER here….

  3. I am glad to hear that you are trying acupuncture. One of the relatives from my husband’s family has been suffering from Parkinson disease, and when he was about to give up, he decided to give it a try with Chinese acupuncture in Germany………and that helped. The symptoms are not so severe….
    Yesterday he called us to ask for some information about China (I am a Chinese)…he is flying to China in two weeks…..for some more sophisticated treatment.

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  4. Hi Ivy – thank you for your kind words. It is always lovely chatting with you through our blogs and email 🙂

    I am so glad your back pain is better and your health in general 🙂 That’s wonderful!

    By the way, I went to a Greek restaurant recently and posted about it on my blog – it’s Greek as opposed to Greek-American and supposedly very authentic – let me know what you think 🙂 {its the post on June 21 on my blog}

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  5. Oh wow….that’s an delectable recipe…..

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  6. I love panna cotta in all versions and I adore the idea of adding Greek yogurt and the mango element – lovely!

    Your award is certainly well-deserved, and I want to thank you so much for including me as a recipient – I’m honored.

    I hope you have a lovely holiday and that the back pain stays away and I hope you’ll write a little about the new Acropolis Museum – I’d love to hear about it!

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  7. This is such a lovely panna cotta, great combination of flavors. Congrats on your award !

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  8. I love the idea of a mango panna cotta! I will definitely be trying this recipe! Congrats on your award and thank you so much for passing it on to me! Oh, I have a much healthier breakfast option on my site today 🙂

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  9. A luscious dessert like this would definitely make me happy.Thanks for think about me ,Ivy 😀

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  10. Hey Ivy thank you soooo much dear for sharing the award!! love the panna cotta so healthy with yogurt and flavor of cardamon will take it to another level!

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  11. Ivy, this is a fantastic way to enjoy mango. And your pictures are quite tempting.

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  12. This looks so creamy and luscious. I can only imagine how delicious it must have tasted.

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  13. Ivy, congratulations and ur a darling to share this award with me. Thank you so much, you made my day.
    I’m so glad ur feeling better with all that exercise and healthy food.
    Ur panna cotta looks yumm, love mango in anything.

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  14. Isn’t greek yoghurt just the best with panna cotta? I look forward to seeing the pics you take with your new camera!

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  15. Congrats on your award and thanks for sharing with all of us!

    This dish just seems so devine … creamy yoghurt with mango =) Makes me happy!

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  16. My favourite fruit, Ivy but I’m still working on getting a decent panna coota with agar since we don’t use gelatine.

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  17. mangoessssssssss! Where the man goes??? 😀 This is a sneak tactic used by my teacher to wake us up towards during 2nd half of the day class 😛

    I’m can eat kilos of mangoes but one of my favorites is Black Gold besides the local mangoes in my country.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and definitely looking forward to your new healthy regime. Please continue to post all those sweet sins… we still need them to boost our sweet pangs (fangs?)

    Oh, I went to this small restaurant at the foot of Acropolis…it’s located at the end of this road to Acropolis if you take the route from Monastiraki. So far, they are the only one serving nice Greek Coffee but it’s pity that after lunch time, they no longer did it 🙁 The worst I had was not far away from the place (another restaurant) during dinner… They made Greek Coffee using espresso machine! Bhuuuugggggg! 😀

    Anyway, next week I’m going to attack the place 🙂 χαχαχαχα (-: and I’m going after the Coconut Rolls as well! I still can’t find the elusive recipe for the coconut roll sold by this seller.


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  18. I would love to taste this. But I want you to make it for me 🙂

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  19. Oh wowowow that looks amazing! Such a great way to enjoy mangoes!

  20. As you must have understood by now, I love panna cotta!!
    And mango! So this one must be a great thing to taste!!
    Have a nice day!

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  21. Looks delicious Ivy!!! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!

  22. Liz

    I once bought a mango at the supermarket and it was terrible! Any advice on picking a good one?


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  23. You have done a gorgeous thing here ivy. i love anything with mango, & have been doing a lot, but never thought of a panna cotta. drooling here.

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