Have you ever thought of combining crunchy red strawberries and fluffy soft paneer into an irresistible mousse? Although strawberries are seasonal, this mousse is surely worth a try when you can lay your hands on this juicy fruit. Here, the use of lemon juice is imperative as it brings out the full flavor of the strawberries. The paneer performs well as a setting agent to give just the right consistency to this mousse.
|Chopped fresh strawberries||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Crumbled paneer||1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (fresh cottage cheese)|
|Milk||1/2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Strawberry crush||2 Tablespoon|
|Powdered sugar||1 Tablespoon|
|Powdered agar agar||2 Tablespoon (China grass)|
|Water||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||3/4 Teaspoon|
|Beaten whipped cream||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Chopped strawberries||2 Tablespoon|
1. In a bowl, combine chopped strawberry and sugar. Mash gently using the back of a spoon and set aside.
2. In mixer, place paneer, 1 tablespoon milk, strawberry crush and powdered sugar. Blend until smooth and set aside.
3. In a non-stick pan, combine agar-agar, remaining milk and ¼ cup water. Stir constantly and bring to boil. Remove from the flame and strain the mixture using a sieve.
4. Into a deep bowl, pour the sieved agar agar milk mixture and place the bowl in a deep vessel filled with ice-cubes. Whisk the mixture continuously for 8-10 minutes or until mixture cools and thickens and no lumps remain.
5. Add paneer-strawberry mixture, mashed strawberries and lemon juice. Mix well.
6. Add the whipped cream and fold gently.
7. In individual glasses, spoon the mixture in equal portion and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or until the mousse sets.
8. Garnish with strawberries and serve chilled.
Approx. 3 gms of agar-agar gives 2 tbsp of powdered agar-agar.