02 October 2014

Tri Color Panna Cota


Vaishnov Jan to taynay kahyeeye
Jay peerh paraaye janneyray
Par dukkhey upkar karey teeyey,
man abhiman na anney ray

Sakal lokma Sahuney bandhey,
Ninda Na karye kainee ray
Baach kaachh, Man nischal Raakhey,
dhan-dhan jananee tainee ray..........

Meaning:               A Godlike man is one,
                       Who feels another’s pain
                       Who shares another’s sorrow,
                       And pride does disdain.

           Who regards himself as the lowliest of the low,
          Speaks not a word of evil against any one
         One who keeps himself steadfast in words, body and mind,
         Blessed is the mother who gives birth to such a son.....................

So true !!! Blessed is indeed the mother who gave birth to such a son and as a matter of fact today is one such son's birthday ,"The father of our nation" ,"Gandhi ji" or our pyaare Baapu ji's birthday and not only Baapu's mother Smt.Putlibhai but also our mother India is undoubtedly blessed to have such a son.


The son who fought for his mother's (India's) freedom with all his might ,clad in a simple dress ,walking stick in one hand , truth & non-violence as his only weapons and Bhaarat vaasis as his sena took the matter in his own hand and marched towards the enemy bravely and won the battle and made our country and all  Indians free,proud and grateful forever.No matter how much I praise him it'll be less because that much I believe we owe to this son of Mother India for our country's ultimate freedom and  if there is something like rebirth or reincarnation for real ,then once again I wish a selfless,compassionate yet powerful son like him may be born again to our Mother India. Our country needs someone like him again and that's the only thing we lack.


Shataranj bichha kar yahaan, baitha tha zamaana
lagata tha mushkil hai, firangi ko haraana
takkar thi bade zor ki, dushman bhi tha taana
par tu bhi tha baapu, bada ustaad puraana

Mann mein thi ahinsa ki, lagan tan pe langoti
laakhon mein ghoomata tha, liye satya ki sonti
waise to dekhane mein thi, hasti teri chhoti
lekin tujhe zhukti thi, himaalay ki bhi choti
duniya mein bhi baapu tu, tha insaan bemisaal  

aandhi mein bhi jalati rahi Gandhi teri mashaal 
de di hamein aazaadi bina khadag bina dhaal
saabaramati ke sant toone kar diya kamaal  
raghupati raaghav raaja raam............................(these words said it all)

Janam din mubarak ho Bappu !...India and Indians around the world miss you,remember you and salute you today and always ...There was no one like you and there won't be anyone like you ever ...

 Gandhiji's birthday is like the rebirth-day of India.On this occasion, as a tribute to Bappu and my motherland,India,I dedicate this Tri color dessert called Panna cota. 

Panna Cota is an Italian dessert which means "Cooked cream".It's like a thick version of jiggly custard that has a melt in the mouth texture.

Since the flag of Italy is also tri-colored like India's and I am using their dessert ,I thought this would honor not only India but also Italy ,as we believe in "Unity in diversity" .Aur daane daane mein basa hai mere desh ki shaan ;).
 And wherever is tri-color (Orange,White and Green/India's flag color) ,I see the effort,presence and blessings of the Father of our nation,our Gandhi ji.

Here is how I make a quick Panna cota recipe:

Tri Color Panna Cota  


                                                           Gelatin,unflavored - 1 envelope
                                                           Whole milk - 2 cups
                                                           Sugar - 1 tablespoon(optional)
                                                            Fat-free sweetened condensed milk - 1 cup
                                                            Vanilla extract -     1/4 teaspoon
                                                            Edible orange color - 2-3 drops
                                                            Edible green color - 2-3 drops
                                                            3 Bowls
                                                            2 Wine glasses


  • In a small saucepan, put 1 cup of whole milk and Sprinkle gelatin over it; let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • Now,put the flame on and cook over medium-low heat( 5 minutes approx) or until gelatin dissolves, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  • On medium heat ,add sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
  •  On low heat, gradually stir in remaining 1 cup of whole milk, 1 cup condensed milk, vanilla extract and stir everything until well combined.
  • Put the flame off.Remove from the stove/gas.Divide the mixture in to three bowls equally.
  • Add orange color to one bowl mixture and green to another bowl.
  • Allow them to cool a bit.
  • Now take two wine glasses and put them in another big bowl opposite to each other so that they are tilted to each other.
  • Put a layer of green liquid into each wine glasses carefully.Freeze it for about 20 minutes or until well set .
  • Once green color is set,add a white layer to it and freeze until well set.Repeat the same step with the orange color.
  • Once set remove from the freezer to the room temperature for about 5 minutes until it looks soft,jiggly but firm.
  • Serve it cold!!
Happy Gandhi Jayanthi !!