Sunday, April 14, 2013

Eggless Mango Cheesecake




Cheesecake - I have only seen these on the glass displays of popular bakeries. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be making the cheesecake at home one day. Thanks to the Baking Partners, I am getting to try and experiment with recipes I would have otherwise never tried. 

The cheesecake was a wonderful experiment, though a bit time consuming, the end result was worth it. With the mango season in full flourish, this was a perfect dessert.

Cheesecakes are usually made with cream cheese and gelatin. This recipe here made use of simple substitutions and I didn't have to go looking for the cream cheese. It also uses Agar Agar or China grass instead of gelatin, that is another great substitute for the vegetarians, though I found it a little difficult to lay my hands on a packet of it. 

I must share my previous experience with China Grass. About a year back I tried making a pudding using tender coconut and china grass, but somehow it did not set. China grass is supposed to set at room temperature itself but this one never set even after refrigerating for hours. I don't know where I went wrong. But this recipe here is very well explained the cheesecake set perfectly.







Adapted from Divine Taste
What you’ll need

For the biscuit base
  1. Any Digestive Biscuit – 1 ½ cup
  2. Butter – ½ cup (about 100 gm)

For the filling
  1. Curd – 800gm
  2. Paneer – 400 gm (I used Store bought)
  3. Mango Pulp – 1 cup
  4. China Grass / Agar Agar – 15gms
  5. Water – 1 ½ cup
  6. Sugar – 1 ½ cup (Powdered)
  7. Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

For the Mango Glaze
  1. Mango Pulp – ½ cup
  2. Sugar – 2 tbsp
  3. Water – 2 tbsp
  4. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

Method
  1. Pour the curd in a strainer, lined with a muslin cloth. Place a vessel below it and place in the refrigerator overnight or until all the water from the curd and separated and you get nice and thick creamy hung curd.

For the base
  1. Powder the biscuits using a rolling pin or simply blend them in a mixie so that the biscuits are powdered.
  2. Now add the butter and again blend them, so that the butter is fully incorporated in the biscuits.
  3. Now spread this as a layer on the base of an 8” round springform pan.
  4. Refrigerate for half an hour.

For the filling
  1. Soak the china grass for 10 to 15 minutes in 1 ½ cups of water.
  2. Take out the paneer and cut them into small pieces. Blend them in a mixie, until smooth.
  3. Also add the hung curd and blend until they combine well.
  4. Transfer to a wide bowl.
  5. Once the china grass is soft, heat it in on a low flame till the china grass has melted completely. Take care not to boil it.
  6. Also heat the mango puree on a low flame. Do not boil.
  7. Slowly add the melted hot china grass to the hot mango puree and mix well with a wire whisk.
  8. Pour this mixture into the paneer and hung curd mixture and mix well.
  9. Also add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix well without any lumps.
  10. Pour this mixture onto the biscuit base. Allow to set in refrigerator for atleast 1 hour.
  11. For the mango glaze
  12. In a small vessel add the mango puree, sugar, water and lemon juice and bring to boil.
  13. Lower the heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Allow to come to room temperature.
  16. After about 1 hour of setting in the refrigerator spread the mango glaze on top of the cheese cake and let it set for a couple of hours before slicing.


Chill, slice and serve the delicious Mango Cheesecake.


48 comments:

nayana said...

Very well presented dear, loved the pics....

anusha praveen said...

Looks fabulous Kaveri. I m loving the food styling here

JEYASHRI SURESH said...

very tempting and yummy cheese cake . anything with mangoes i love

Rita Bose said...

Cheesecake looks delicious!! Mango is my favorite! :)
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Amrita Vishal said...

Love the smooth texture..such a delightful treat!!

Rafeeda AR said...

i love cheesecake and this with curd and paneer is really making me think... i'm bookmarking this for sure!!! :)

Sona S said...

Looks absolutely delicious and mouthwatering! Perfectly done Kaveri!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

gorgeous cheesecake.. love the layers..

kitchen queen said...

delicious super soft and moist cake.

Chitz said...

Perfect clicks Kaveri :) Would make anyone dive into & have this wonderful treaties right away !!

Priti S said...

wow ..it looks fab ...so tempting

Sapana Behl said...

Looks wonderful ..
Seeing your amazing clicks , I will give it a try some day.

Swasthi Blank said...

very well done. looks great kaveri

Vidhya Viju Govind said...

love those divine slices kaveri....am waiting for mangoes to hit the market.

Akila said...

Wow it was such a perfect cheese cake... Bookmarked
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Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

looks very very nice...

Ruchi Indu said...

The clicks are lovely Kaveri.. Bookmarked...

Rani Acharyulu said...

What a beautiful clicks,cake looks so soft and yummy.

Priya Suresh said...

I dont bother to finish that slice, very pleasing and droolworthy cheesecake Kaveri.

Divya Pramil said...

Yummilicious mango cheesecake, loved the glass plates and clicks :) Well presented :)

Raksha said...

Hey this looks awesome.Did u use a spring form pan?

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

My kind of recipe and keeping it for a try out. Simply stunning and gorgeous.

PT said...

looks perfect dear.. nice clicks too..

Julie said...

beautifully done,Kaveri...looks very yumm:)

Kitchen Queen said...

i never make or bake my cheesecake so no need eggs. this looks so temtping.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Very well presented Kaveri,cheese cake looks fabulous...

Latha Madhusudhan said...

Feel like grabbing a slice now.

Uma Ramanujam said...

It is been two years since I tasted mango. Your picture and recipe is making me to drool and inviting me to taste it. but what to do? :-( I can not eat mango this year also...:-(

Hema said...

Wow, looks fantastic Kaveri..

Shella said...

Looks absolutely divine.... N I love mango

Suja Manoj said...

Perfectly made,love to have a slice..beautiful

Sangeetha Priya said...

so perfect n very well presented the delicious cheese cake....

Maha Gadde said...

Delicious combination, looks tempting!
MAHA

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Perfect delicious cheesecake and loved your presentation...Beautiful..

Nagashree said...

Wow, mango & cheese cake delisious combo. Looks very well made Kaveri.

Gajus kitchen said...

looks perfect and delicious

Vineetha said...

Urs look beautiful Kaveri..I made it in a lesser quantity ,so I didn't higher that beautiful thick layer like urs...

Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

Perfect looking mango cheesecake! I would love a slice right now!

Shannon said...

It looks so beautiful, like a jewel! I really love the plates too! Hehe!

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious mango cheesecake Kaveri you did very well. I love it.

Swathi Iyer said...

Eggless mango cheese cake looks delicious Kaveri you did very well.

Follow Foodie said...

Looks Yum

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Shylaja Praveen said...

Looks perfect and delicious Kaveri and a very nice presentation

beingFab said...

Beautiful clicks!! Looks super yum!

Janani said...

Lovely cheesecake so nicely set and clicked loving it.

Archana Potdar said...

Lovely cheescake Kaveri. I love the pics they are awesome.

Tanu said...

loving your cheesecake and your space Kaveri. your clicks are lovely.

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