Recipe video: How to make Quick-fix Orange Panna Cotta

When I first started cooking, my mum introduced me to this recipe and I made it for every little party that happened. I made a pineapple version, which I am particularly partial to. To this day, my closest friends insist I have a portion each of this for them when they come to dinner. It doesn’t matter whether I have another more elaborate, more gorgeous-looking dessert on the side. This one is the show stealer.

The texture is smooth and light on the palate. The fruit flavors make it an ideal dessert for the summer; especially because you didn’t have to sweat making it! It is also a fun thing for new cooks to make as it never fails.

What makes it so great is that it’s a cheat’s version of a Panna Cotta. And there’s no cream involved. There’s ice-cream, though. And a pack of jelly. If you take more than 10 minutes to put this together, you’re doing something wrong–that’s how ridiculously simple it is. Watch. And make tonight!

Quick-fix Orange Panna Cotta


  • 1 liter vanilla ice cream (a family pack usually works, if you’re in India; just reduce the quantity of gelatin by half a tsp. because the family pack weighs 750 ml.)
  • 1 pack of orange jelly (I use the animal-origin jelly and find that it sets better)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. gelatin
  • 2 tbsp. orange squash or orange juice concentrate
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • sprigs of mint to garnish


  1. Make the jelly according to the instructions on the pack, adding the gelatin with the jelly crystals. Cool completely but make sure it does not set. (about 15 minutes in the refrigerator work perfectly)
  2. Soften the ice cream in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add the orange squash and cooled jelly and whisk quickly to combine.
  4. Ladle into individual dessert bowls/shot glasses and refrigerate until set (about an hour).
  5. To serve, top with orange segments and a sprig of mint. Serve chilled.

Tips: Play around with different flavors of ice cream and jelly and combine with seasonal fruits. I, for instance, like to make an orange-pineapple version with bits of canned pineapple in it. Strawberry tastes great s well, topped with some whipped cream and balsamic-marinated strawberries and mint. Or do a chocolate-orange panna cotta using chocolate ice cream and orange jelly; then top with orange segments doused in Cointreau and a dark chocolate garnish.

Comments (12)

  1. Sayantani March 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

    of all the videos this is the best. the cute little happy face of your daughter brought a smile to my face. May God bless her. the recipe is a keeper.

  2. Abha March 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    fabulous recipe! and great shooting on the video!

  3. Prathibha March 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    This is such a simple recipe saee..your daughter is too cute..I ll definitely try this one wid agar-agar.

  4. Anonymous March 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

    OK I am not going to comment on the video, cos I have run out of adjectives. THis orange jelly is it just gelatin that is orange flavoured? Where in India do you get this? I will definitely try this at home, this and that quick ras malai. Avanee looks super cute, I always feel guilty giving my kid sugary treats but tell myself- he is a kid he will burn it off 😀

    Since you don't like people doing this I shall so do it. 😀


  5. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, Pratibha! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  6. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    S, you always crack me up! Wish you were moving to Mumbai!

    Yes, it's just orange-flavored jelly crystals–commonly available in India under teh brand names Blue Bird, Rex, and Weikfield. Let me know it turns out for you!

  7. Arch March 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Beautiful video, and an amazing recipe, panna cotta without cream is totally my kinda dessert…Loved the little girl's expressions !

  8. Anonymous March 13, 2012 at 6:21 am

    OMG!!! What a treat this is…an easy breezy dessert and your gorgeous two ponied cuppy cake!! 🙂 My heart skipped a beat watching her little hands guide that spoonful of dessert to her mouth…Gosh! she's growing up so quick! Give a big bear hug to the lil'big girl and Thank You for sharing this lovely recipe, I shall try it soon.

    – Priti

  9. Rashmi Tambe October 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I tried this yesterday with REX Strawberry Jelly and Vanilla ice cream! Turned out superb and my daughter (2.5 years old) just loved it. Had to stop her from having more! Thanks for sharing this.

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