Rosemary Infused Yogurt Mousse With Fresh Berries


Featured on FoodBuzz Top 9

You can’t beat the taste of homemade yogurt. Its sweetish, grainy and rich. Something, which you are supposed to fall in love with. Eating yogurt is soul satisfying for me- it caters to the senses in the most pure & luscious way. There is something so addictive about the homemade version that I can eat it plain without a speck of salt or sugar. In India, the concept of readymade yogurt or starters/ probiotic cultures & stuff hit the grocery stores only a few years back. Till date, a popular way to get good quality yogurt is from the mithai (sweet) shops – it comes really close to home taste. Still, in most of the Indian families, including mine, yogurt is only bought from outside when there is a dire need to do so. Else, we Indians have all the patience in the world to make our own, at home.

One of my very fond memory of childhood is to eat a big bowl of dahi (yogurt) with lots of seasonal fruits & honey after every meal. We used to have this large, round earthen bowl in which my grandma made yogurt every night. Before going to sleep, her usual regime was to warm up the milk, dip her finger in there to check the temperature, mix it up with a starter from previous day, wrap up the bowl in a old woollen & set aside to set overnight. Everything was plain impulse and approximation – no thermometers or modern gadgets…as inexact as it can get. Nonetheless, her yogurt came out perfect each morning – ethereal white, milky sweet with a tangy note & thick. She said that the earthen pot sucks away the sourness as the bacteria play with the milk overnight. It didn’t make much sense to a 10 year old then.Only when I learnt science, I understood the fundamental about how & what difference an earthen bowl makes. Rarely, I saw her getting irked when her yogurt did not set in the morning ,we were then kicked out of the house with little bowls to get the starters from neighbors or nearby sweet shop.

Having lived on the homemade version half of my life, I never quite liked the gooey, gelatinous, slimy store bought versions. I understand smooth texture but I don’t understand lack of texture! I have my own theories that few of the brands have loads of cornstarch mixed along with emulsifiers & stabilizers. Even though, mostly I make my batch at home but if you should buy, try organic yogurt. Okay, I m not dumping my great ideas about organic milk products on you, but if you are a lazy bum like me at times, organic is certainly the way to go. The day, I discovered my favorite brand at Whole foods, my aversions about store bought yogurt were gone forever.

They say that true happiness lies in simplicity,this mousse highlights that simplicity. This virtually guilt free mousse is a fluffy bundle of joy.It is so airy that you wont realize you are eating a dessert. Such healthy desserts are always delightful – aren’t they? You bet, especially in this hot Vegas weather where the temperatures are still in the hundreds.Not only savory, I am crazy about spices and herbs even in desserts. You may find rosemary intriguing at first in a dessert, wait till you try it, come back & tell me what you feel. The touch of minced rosemary accentuates the feeling of comfort with an added aroma in each bite. Infact, P said that rosemary was the best part about the dessert and called it an “Aromatherapy dessert” Whatever! :) I topped it with a simple mush of fresh berries mixed with lemon juice & sugar. The extra tang from lemon in the topping adds in a layer of flavor. No cooking, No oven, No grill- Just you and the whisk. Top it up with whatever fruit or nuts you are crazy about- I tell you, even chocolate will work wonders.

Home Grown Rosemary :)

Printable Recipe

Ingredients:-

For the Yogurt Mousse :- [Makes 4 servings] 

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt (just take care that the yogurt is not very sour)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (or to taste)
  • 1.5 tbsp minced rosemary (adjust to preference)
  • Less than 1/8 tsp of salt



For the topping :
  • 1/2 cup each blackberries & raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice (avoid if you berries are very tart)
  • Sugar to taste

Method:-  
  • In a small bowl, thoroughly mix yogurt with minced rosemary & salt.
  • Tie the yogurt in a clean muslin/cheesecloth.Set the tied cloth on a sieve with a bowl placed below it and let the yogurt sit refrigerated for 4 hours.
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and set aside to bloom.
  • In a large bowl, tip in the yogurt and whisk it for 3-5 minutes to fluff it up.Set aside.
  • In another bowl, with a hand beater/electric mixer start whipping up the cream.While whisking, add sugar in parts to the cream till you get stiff peaks.Set aside.
  • Heat the bloomed gelatin in the microwave for 10 seconds. If you do not have microwave, you can use a double boiler to melt the gelatin.
  •  Immediately, pour the melted gelatin over the yogurt and whisk thoroughly to mix.
  • Very gently, fold in the whipped cream with the yogurt until everything has combined well. The mix will be thick and fluffy.
  • Spoon the yogurt mix in bowls or glasses and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to set.

  • For the topping:- In separate bowls, add berries with lemon juice and sugar. Mush them with a spoon or masher to desired consistency.Top the set mousse with this berry mash and serve chilled.
Notes:-
  1. You can increase the quantity of heavy cream and reduce equivalent quantity of yogurt from above depending on how rich you want your mousse.
  2. If using greek yogurt, since it is already quite thick & sour, reduce the straining time in the refrigerator by half.
  3. Use your mortar & pestle to mince rosemary leaves- add few drops of water if needed as you mince.You can chop them really fine too.

Enjoy & Thanks for stopping by !

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Comments

  1. how beautiful, tanvi! I am a big fan of yogurt, too. I agree homemade is the best way to go. My mom used to make it at home. I’m a lazy bum ;) and haven’t tried making fresh yogurt.

    I love your photos, they’re so niceee! :)

  2. Love the use of rosemary!

  3. That looks so good! I’ve just boiled some milk to make fresh yoghurt as I read this. I’m sure rosemary compliments this well…have book marked it to try later on!

  4. I often substitute added milk products for natural yoghurt in my cooking. But must admit have never made it from scratch. This dessert looks lovely and refreshing and I love how you’ve used the hint of rosemary.Wonderful photo’s.

  5. I LOVE thick and creamy homemade yogurt, but was never able to make it work at home until I bought a handy little gadget from Amazon (very reasonable), so now I can make my own Greek-type yogurt at home for a fraction of the cost…plus I know every single ingredient! Lovely recipe that you have posted with the berries…I agree, nothing better for dessert than some lovely yogurt and berries. Yum!

  6. I CAN”T live without Yogurt! As South Indians ‘Curd Rice’ is the most important part of our meals. It’s my real comfort food! I also enjoy curds with rotis, dosas, idlis and everything possible. Fresh fruits with curds is ofcorse one of the best desserts! Lite, healthy, tasty and easy! PERFECT!
    Love the photos Tanvi! Beautiful!

  7. What an interesting flavor infusion for yogurt…rosemary. I’d never think of a savory herb to be in yogurt, but you make it look so tasty that I’ll have to try it!

  8. I believe Yogurt makes the world a better place :-) This looks so delicious Tanvi….. Yummmm.. Lovely pictures and a great recipe. Back at home I hardly remember buying yogurt, it was always made at home in clay pot……….. after big meal yogurt with some sugar… Heaven. Your posts always takes me back home. Love you gal..

  9. Fantastic,Tanvi! I love using herbs in sweet dishes (baked, custards, etc), and eat so much strained yogurt in this house it’s crazy. Next step is to combine the two and make this beautiful mousse you’ve posted!

  10. Nice way to eat yogurt. Loved the pics

  11. Beautifully done Tanvi. Love the colors.
    Bookmarked.

  12. As usual, what a beautiful presentation! Love the colours, love the flavours and of course, adore yogurt ;-)

  13. This one looks so fresh, yummy and easy to make…can’t wait to taste it!

  14. First off, this is why I adore your blog, Tanvi – lovely photos, great stories from your childhood in India, and fantastic recipes. Coming from a country where high quality dairy products are an essential part of the diet, I find that yogurt in the US has nothing to do with real yogurt. Like you said, it’s gelatinous, slimy, and tasteless. I can only imagine how delicious your grandma’s home made yogurt must be… Your yogurt mousse looks incredible! The perfect treat for a hot summer day. :-)

  15. That is a fabulous dessert! The yogurt mousse must be heavenly.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  16. Just gorgeous. I’m looking forward to a good munch on something sweet, gorgeous pictures. I’ve never made yogurt, looks great. :)

  17. looks lovely and I always prefer home made dahi…great clicks.

  18. Girl, your pictures make me fall in love. Wish I could click such stunning beauties too. Sigh.

  19. Awesome! Gorgeous photos of delicious food :)

  20. I was making all of our yogurt for a while…in a crockpot! I’ve gotten so busy I don’t have as much time to do so, but it really is great when I do it.

    Love this mousse, what great flavours!

  21. I can see why it would be hard t go back to store bought after tasting this! Well done!

  22. I love the idea of rosemary being infused in yogurt. Its just brilliant. Nice clicks tanvi.

  23. homemade yogurt! wow tanvi! and the fresh berry puree on top looks so good. :D

  24. Gorgeous! I m big bg yogurt fan and this is perfect. Great pictures Sweetheart!

  25. I am not a huge yogurt eater.. and I;m trying to get into it because I know its healthy for you. I’m glad you posted this.. I think I will yogurt another chance again with this recipe. As always .. wonderful post :). And just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for the seven links challenge on my blog.. post will be up at 4pm Eastern.. Congrats :)

  26. I never would have thought of putting rosemary in something like this, but I like the sound of it. I eat loads of yogurt and am always looking for new ways to use it.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    *kisses* HH

  27. Sad to admit that I have yet to make my own yogurt, but its on my list!! I’ve had fresh yogurt and the difference is really like night and day! Gorgeous presentation :)

  28. Tanvi, this is really wonderful. I love the idea of infused rosemary (an all-time favourite herb) and the berries are just gorgeous over the yogurt mousse. I can just imagine how incredible this must taste. What a fabulous recipe.

  29. Absolutely beautiful! I too grew up with yogurt (a different kind, sort of a Vietnamese take on yogurt). Yours look so vibrant!

  30. Tanvi this looks so beautiful! I can’t believe your mom made her own yogurt. I feel so spoiled getting it from the grocery store loaded with sugar and other artificial things. Thanks for sharing that bit of your childhood with us. I hope to get to making this one soon while the berries are still around!

  31. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by! You guys make me sooo happy :)

  32. What a wonderful recipe! Have bookmarked this one and lovely photographs a treat for the senses!

  33. I have not try making homemade yoghurt but looking at your beautiful yoghurt… makes me want to try and make some… :D

  34. Gettanvi, wow! This is such a colourful and healthy dessert! Loved your photography. Yes, nothing can beat homemade “taazi dahi!”

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  35. This looks so fancy! All the shots are beautifully taken and styled. Rosemary is one of my fav herb and as much I like to pair it with savory i enjoy to pair it with sweets too and this is a great example of that. I too enjoy homemade yogurt a lot but never tried making it at home .. no matter how many times Ma explained me :)

  36. Love the use of rosemary and your mousse have a royal beauty!

  37. You make me want to eat this right now!!

  38. Congrats on Top 9 Tanvi! Wow!!!!!! First impressed by your beeeeautiful cover photo, then enjoyed the story of your childhood then your homemade, then more amazing shots… so happy to be here and if I can taste it like right now, my life is so complete…hehee… seriously this mousse is so good!

  39. So glad to find your gorgeous blog! This looks like a winner…love the addition of rosemary…mmmmmm. Congrats on the Top 9!

  40. So glad to find your stunning blog! Love this delicious yogurt mousse….the touch of rosemary is wonderful~ Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  41. Charlie says:

    I have a large container of Balkan yoghurt in my fridge (never used before).
    I have come across so many recipes using it … (can’t find them now)., so I will try this.

    Do you have any more recipes using yoghurt?

  42. Beautiful post! I would love to make my own yogurt one day it sounds far more appealing to the supermarket versions. The idea of then making a mousse is amazing. Have to give it a go.

  43. How beautfiul Tanvi. Love this mousse and the pictures are something else as usual. Great job.

    Have a great week ahead.

  44. Thank you everyone for stopping by!

  45. Gorgeous pictures Tanvi, blackberries and quark is my new found love, today i had fresh cream quark mousse yoghurt is even more fresh, would so love to try and rosemary its for me! the way ur dadi ma does is how my mum does…ha ha yes we indian’s all time in the world, but we do make the best isn’t it?

  46. I am back and finally can see this post in amazingly vibrant HD screen ;-). Thank you, thank you for the wonderful present waiting for me.

  47. Tanvi, almost like pannacotta…love the idea of yogurt and a touch of rosemary…and the great thing is that I have a nice bush of rosemary on my balcony. Beautiful pictures as always.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  48. Congrats being in the top 9… Love the vibrant berries on top of the mousse..

  49. Oh my goodness….GORGEOUS! Can you send me a jar? :)

  50. Oh this just looks so delicious! I love Rosemary and I grow it in my herb garden so this will be a great recipe for me to try.

  51. That looks gorgeous!! Love it!

  52. Omg, seriously those yogurt mousse tempts me a lot…cant take my eyes from ur clicks..

  53. Beautiful photos Tanvi- Love it! This looks like a yummy and healthy dessert. And congratulations for being featured on Foodbuzz Top 9.

  54. I actually had a long discussion about the pros of homemade yogurt this weekend and after that…and this…I’m so convinced. Amazing recipe!

  55. i am speechless! this looks gorgeous:) you are so talented !! thank you for sharing this.

  56. this is absolutely divine..but I hate gelatin..I have used it in berry panna cotta and it never get set..

  57. Thank you everyone..You all are kind.

  58. Gorgeous dessert and beautiful clicks.

  59. Thanks for sharing nice post. I love thick and creamy homemade yogurt, but was never able to make it work at home. I love using this sweet dishes. Such a I am very happy to read this article. thanks for giving us nice info.

  60. Tanvi – your passionate talk about yogurt made me curious about its origin & history! Just learnt that the combo of yogurt & honey is known as “the food of the gods”. How fascinating! With its high nutrition contents, it makes sense why homemade yogurt is such a staple in Indian families. Your post is beautiful done and I’m very glad that you shared this with us.

  61. Sweetie, you have missed your calling. Why on earth have you not started a bed and breakfast, so I could come, dine, sleep, dine again…tour the town and then come back and dine again. I would eat this yogurt for breakfast every day if I could. It sounds so perfect! At least write a cookbook my friend. We would ALL buy it!

  62. Rosemary yogurt? Who would have thought of adding them to yogurt! Unique and beautiful!

  63. Gorgeous clicks Tanvi! And what a great twist on regular yogurt. Never thought of using rosemary with fresh berries :)

  64. Oh wow! Looks lovely!!

  65. I love yogurt, especially when paired with fresh berries. This mousse sounds absolutely delectable! Your photos are always so gorgeous, too. :)

  66. the simplicity of the dish is what makes it so alluring. great!

  67. Came across your site today………must say it is sinfully awesome. The 1st recipe looks sooooooo delectable. I will have to go thru all recipes one by one. Awesome pictures as well.
    Do stop by my blog smart-snacks.blogspot.com

  68. Tanvi, this looks awesome! Beautiful presentation.

  69. magicofspice says:

    Rosemary is such a wonderful component here…gorgeous dessert, or for me even breakfast :) I adore thick creamy yogurt…

  70. Can I compliment the photography as much as a food please?! :)
    ♡ from © tanvii.com

  71. wow I’m mesmerized by your words and your photos. its hypnootic and I don’t even know how I got here. I’m hooked!
    I love yogurt but never would have thought to make it homemade and to add rosemary into it. I love the new learning I got here. thanks!
    xo,
    Malou

  72. Simply stunning and I’m off to find you on Facebook!

  73. salma says:

    hey… do u hav any idea of making … Purple yam moussse wid ceramalized apple… if u can make it ..then plz share ur recipe … im looking for it badly..

  74. Looks fascinating! Love the rosemary topping!

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