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Risotto with mushroom, onion and carrots

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Remember the various palm reading and face reading discussions we used to have in school for the fun of it. No one knew anything, but everyone wanted to have a say in it. I remember one such game. My friend used to ask me to bend my thumb backwards. And the degree to which it bent, showcased the adaptability of the person. Lesser it bent, the more stubborn the person was. Being a tauran, it came as no surprise to me that my thumb was as stiff as rock. Something I was very proud of, then. After all true tauran has to show its' traits too.

With the passage of life, I came to understand the virtues of adaptability. I learnt that its not a weakness to change, but it requires tremendous courage to give in, to adapt. A lesson well learnt, which is helping me now to acclimatize myself in new countries, new environments.

And if our pantry is a classroom, then there's one ingredient that can very well be the teacher of adaptability. The one which is a staple, yet royally ignored. But has such a clout that it can very well replace the old saying “We are what we eat” to “We are, by how we eat rice”. Yes I'm talking about the simpleton rice stocked in every kitchen, across the world.

In India itself, in every region rice is eaten in its own unique ways. In West Bengal, macher bhaat, in Kashmir – rice and mutton, in south – curd rice, lemon rice and what not and in north – its simple dal chawal. The companion of rice varies from place to place and time to time, yet it remains the same in character, though form may change.

And when it crosses the boundaries, then it takes to their culture, their flavours. So while in China, it loves to be soaked in soya sauce, in Italy it prefers to be enriched with cheese and wine. Now what could be more adaptable than that. Risotto is the common rice dish of Italy, where short grain rice like arborio is cooked in broth to a creamy consistency. Though its quite popular with mussels too, here I made it with mushrooms, along with caramelized onion and carrots. 

Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Arborio Rice - 3/4th cup
Button Mushroom - 1 cup (Stems removed and chopped in 4 or 6, depending on size)
Butter/ Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 th cup
Vegetable stock - 3 cups
Onion - 1 large, sliced
Carrot - 1/3 rd cup, diced
Salt & Pepper - as per taste
Dried herbs - 1/2 tbsp
Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tbsp

  1. Soak rice in water for about 20 mins.
  2. Bring stock to boil in a pan. I used 1 1/2 Maggi cubes in 3 1/2 cup water. If using 2, adjust salt accordingly. Keep it on simmer.
  3. Melt butter in another pot/pan. Add sliced onion with a pinch of sugar and caramelize it. Add diced carrots and chopped mushroom. Saute for 2-3 mins, till mushroom turns dry.
  4. Now add drained rice along with 1/2 cup hot stock. Use a sorted spoon, so that rice doesn't break and keep stirring frequently. Once all the stock is absorbed, add more. Remember to add not more than 1/2 cup at a time, always hot stock and to stir constantly. 
  5. After about 15 mins, add salt, freshly crushed pepper, chilly flakes, and dried herbs. Mix it well. Once the rice is almost done, add grated cheese, and stir it to melt to make it creamier.
  6. Adjust seasoning and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve hot.
Note: You can also add tbsp of cream to make it richer and wine or brandy for extra flavours. Also it dries up fast, so serve it immediately. 

Glad to share it with Converted Food Event of Pumpkin Farms and with HCC: Lunchbox.

19 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. VardhiniAugust 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Risotto looks yum. Addition of veggies adds nutrition too.


  2. Sneha BennyAugust 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    First time here. Risotto looks so yum. Loved all your recipes.

  3. I Live in a Frying PanAugust 11, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Just discovered your site after reading Anita's post on her blog, and I'm so impressed with your recipes and the photography!! I'm a blogger in Dubai, so always get super excited to find fellow bloggers in the region!

    Look forward to visiting your site more often :D

  4. SravsCulinaryConceptsAugust 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Risotto looks delicious !!

    Ongoing Event - CC-Appetizers

  5. Hamaree RasoiAugust 12, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    Risotto looks wonderfully prepared and wonderfully presented.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Kalpana SareeshAugust 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    wow so yummy n presented so well..

  7. sliceofmylyfeAugust 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    The black & white photograph of the rice is a stunner. Do submit it as an entry in all the photography contests that you can find. Its a really good one. Risotto - not my favourite in Italian but the vegetarian version of it looks very tempting.

    Looking forward to see you tonight.

  8. Prathima RaoAugust 12, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Nutritious, deeeliiicious risotto..!!! I always FOR rice :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. PriyaAugust 12, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    I can have risotto anytime, looks fabulous and inviting..

  10. kankanaAugust 13, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    palm reading and deciding how many BF i might have and how many kids and bla bla .. how silly LOL LOL .
    This risotto took my heart dear. I am uge fan of the soft creamy risotto but never really made it at home. Now I am craving for it.

  11. TorviewtorontoAugust 14, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    flavourful looking risotto deliciously done :)

  12. Lori @ Studio WaterstoneAugust 15, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    This looks SO good! I've done risotto with veggies and cheese but the family really doesn't go for the cheesy part. We do, however, LOVE mushrooms, onions and carrots. I'll have to try this out. And I agree - love rice!

  13. Krithi's KitchenAugust 15, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I love mushrooms... the risotto looks like a must try dish... so good..

  14. Priya SreeramAugust 15, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    looks well done - the versatile ingredient indeed has many glamarous avatars across various cusines

  15. Xiaolu @ 6 BittersweetsAugust 15, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Can you believe I've never made or had a really good risotto? It's a crime that I am sure would be remedied with this lovely recipe.

  16. Taste JunctionAugust 17, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks for your lovely comments!!

  17. AnonymousAugust 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

  18. Apani RasoiDecember 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Please find more gujarati recipes

  19. Riya SinghOctober 6, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    nice food ! I like it .I have never eaten this type of roll.It is very testy and delicious.chowringheenorthcampus

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