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Dessert Recipe | Strawberry Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grape Compote – A Healthy Treat

21 February 2012 33 Comments

dessert recipe - strawberry panna cotta with grape compote

A bowl of creamy wobbly Panna Cotta soaked in juicy fresh fruit compote is a best bet for an easy, quick and exotic dessert for any day! Panna Cotta means “cooked cream’ in Italian and this simple dessert is served with caramel, chocolate sauce or any fruit compote. Compote is a sort of thickened sweet sauce cooked with stewed fresh or dried fruits mainly berries in sugar.

It is really hard to switch over from the incredibly addictive cream based panna cotta with  yogurt and coconut milk. But then a look at the health benefits of yogurt and coconut makes it a wiser decision to do so. Panna Cotta cooked with coconut milk which I make often takes the recipe to different levels. I made two batches, the one set in the ramekins are with cream & yogurt combo and the other in the glass is just plain yogurt panna cotta. And no, I did not miss the creamy culprit from my recipe 🙂

Never thought I will be regularly making my own versions of healthy Panna cotta replacing the most part of cream from the ingredient list with yogurt.

To give more creamy and rich texture to this Strawberry Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grape Compote, I started adding a tablespoon of milk powder before setting the yogurt for the recipe. This helps set a firm and creamy yogurt. I like using China grass or agar-agar than the stinky gelatin as a setting agent in my recipes.


Strawberry Yogurt Panna Cotta

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote


(serve 4)

  • 2 cup yogurt/curd
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup powder sugar
  • ½ cup crushed strawberries
  • 2 tsp. china grass
  • 2 tbsp. cold milk

Method; Whisk the cream with a fork for a few minutes till it becomes soft and fluffy. Wash & hull the strawberries and crush them with a fork.

Thick Yogurt or Curd; To make thick yogurt, dissolve 2 tbsp. of powder milk in 2 cups of warm milk and and add the culture or a teaspoon of set curd in it. Leave it for 8-10 hours to set. You can also strain the set yogurt to drain the whey (liquid) from it in a muslin cloth for a few hours.

Sprinkle china grass over the bowl of cold milk and let it stand for a few minutes. Boil the milk with china grass till it is dissolved.

You can also add cream to the milk and china grass mixture and boil it for a minute, I avoided this step as I did not want to cook the cream. Diverting slightly from the origin of Panna Cotta (cooked cream).. Huh..;-)

Cool it slightly and add it to the yogurt.

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote

Add the yogurt mixture, powder sugar and crushed strawberries in the whipped cream and fold it lightly till all the ingredients are mixed.

Grease 4 ramekins or any other mold you want to set the Panna Cotta in. Place a Pour the liquid quickly into the ramekins.

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote

Took a scoop before I could even pour the compote 😉

Refrigerate the ramekins for about an hour to set the Panna Cotta completely.  Serve with fresh fruit sauce or compote of your choice.

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote

Relish the Strawberry yogurt panna cotta straight from the ramekin or de mold it and dig in..

Grape Compote

Dessert Recipe | Strawberry Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grape Compote


  • 2 cups purple/red/black grapes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. orange/lemon zest (optional)

Method;Wash and crush the grapes with hands or blend it in a liquidizer for a few seconds. Do not blend the grapes completely, let there be some pulp in the compote.

Add sugar and zest if using in the crushed grapes and use it as fresh fruit sauce to garnish the Panna cotta or follow this recipe to make thick compote.

Heat a pan and pour the grape and sugar mixture let it simmer for 2 minutes. Cool it and use the compote.
To make thick compote, dissolve a tsp. of cornflour in 1 tbsp. of water and add to the liquid, simmer it for another 1 minute and take off the flame.

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote

Phew..too wobbly..succeeded in it taking out..

Place a slice of strawberry at the base of the ramekin before pouring the liquid to get the above look. De mold the Panna Cotta carefully as it will be very wobbly and might break sometimes.

Cool the grape compote and spoon it over the strawberry panna cotta just before serving.

Healthy Strawberry yogurt panna cotta with grape compote

The crunchy bits of grapes give a wonderful texture to the compote in Strawberry Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grape Compote recipe. Use fresh blackberries or blueberries for the same for a different taste.


  1. Panna cotta made with yogurt without any cream tasted just delightful as the one with cream. The panna cotta set in the glass is with thick yogurt minus cream.
  2. Blend the strawberries with yogurt if you don’t like chunks of fruit in your dessert.
  3. If using granulated sugar, add the sugar in the milk which is used to set the curd.
  4. Use honey in place of sugar in both the recipes.
  5. Make sure to use seedless black/purple.red California grapes. They are sweet and have very thin peel and will require less sugar in the compote recipe.
  6. Any fruit jam could be used to garnish the panna cotta. Make the jam little runny by adding a few teaspoons of plain water.


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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    What gorgeous colors!! I have never made panna cotta because of how rich it is but your version sounds very tempting!!
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Wow looks so delicious…absolutely inviting clicks
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  • Anita Menon said:

    looks so enticing, Sanjeeta. Beautiful.
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  • Raks said:

    Looks so delicious and awesome colour as well! 🙂
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  • the wicked noodle said:

    I can’t believe a healthier dessert like this could look and sound so delicious! My girls would love this!
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  • Maureen said:

    I wouldn’t miss the cream either – this is just gorgeous!
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  • kadhyaa said:

    awesome..bookmarked..great color
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  • Living The Sweet Life said:

    Who knew Panna Cotta was so easy to make?? I love how you’ve taken this recipe and made it a little more healthy without changing how delicious it is. And that colour – – if that doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what would 😉 great recipe!!
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  • Jamie said:

    Gorgeous! And I love the grape compote! I never think of baking with grapes! Brilliant! And there is a panna cotta type French dessert made with either yogurt or quark that I’ve been wanting to try for a while… yours is a great alternative.
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  • Srimathi said:

    Absolutely beautiful photos. I liked the first one a lot. I also like your recipe. Yogurt addition is great. I will make it once I get Agar Agar from the store.

  • Anu said:

    WOW Love those dessert esp that purple with black grapes, looks soooo delicious
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  • Srishti@Prolific Cooking said:

    Your recipe is great and more so healthy. But more than that, pictures are fabulous 🙂
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  • Spandana said:

    Looks so wonderful Sangeeta…. Beautiful pictures!!!
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  • Suchi said:

    Hi, I am new to your space and you have a fab blog. Love those yellow ramekins…I have exact ones in brown, but the yellow ones look so much more cheerful! Lovely panna cotta….LOVE the colour of the dessert!
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  • Terra said:

    You know how much I adore yogurt, so I am totally digging this recipe! It looks amazing, and I love love the idea of a grape compote, what a fun addition! Hugs, Terra
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  • vaishali sabnani said:

    Sanjeeta..you have left me speechless….and I have fallen in love with this pretty dessert..n you know I love to use china grass…my hands r itching do make this…may b in a day or two:))awsum clicks!!
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  • Divya Vikram said:

    Looks like a healthy and delicious dessert!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:

    Hi Sanjeeta!

    This is realy making me nuts here! what I would give just to have a spoon of your wonderful panna cotta and grape jam! thanks for sharing.
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    I’ve never thought of pairing strawberries with grapes! Lovely dessert.
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  • Joanne said:

    A healthy panna cotta? I didn’t think it was possible, but here it is! Sounds great!
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  • Asmita said:

    I love panna cotta and is made so often at my place. I love the way you have paired it with strawberries and grapes. It’s also nice to see you have incorporated the strawberries with the panna-cotta making it look so colorful!!!
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  • Faith said:

    I absolutely love the idea of making panna cotta with yogurt — sounds so much healthier! Love that gorgeous grape compote on top too!

  • Karriann said:

    They look delicious!

    “Happy Cooking”

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes said:

    Love this healthy guilty-free dessert. Your panna cotta looks wonderful.
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  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) said:

    this looks beautiful! and sounds so yummy!
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  • mjskit said:

    Thanks for sharing a panna cotta recipe without cream! I don’t handle cream very well, so I love the alternative of coconut milk and yogurt. Your panna cotta looks beautiful – such a great color and I’m sure the grape/strawberry combination is very, very tasty! Great recipe!
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  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    im in love with that first pic… the gradient of colour looks so pretty. i dint know you could make pannacotta with yogurt… makes it so much more guilt free. the grape compote also looks delecious… a perfect match!
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  • Julie M. said:

    This looks amazing Sanjeeta! Where do you find China grass? I’ve never heard of it before. I love how you’ve made panna cotta healthy. I’d love a bite right now!
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  • vianney said:

    Love the color..you always feature the best sweets in a healthy version! thanks!
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  • Farwin @ Loveandotherspices said:

    oohh,love the colors ! Now,panna cotta with yogurt.I’m sold.I have to find something to replace the sugar.Maybe some honey ? I have to give this a try.Thanks for sharing.
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  • Jayashree said:

    What beautiful colours, Sanjeeta…..
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  • Jayasri said:

    Wow lovely colours, Yogurt and coconut, lovely combo.., lovely clicks as well.., I would love to try this…
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  • Suman Arthy said:

    I’m drooling…panna cotta looks so delicious…

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