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Easy Vegetable Rissoto

29 December 2010 30 Comments

Easy Risotta with Loads of Veggies

Risotto-a warm Italian rice recipe is a perfect dish for the winter season. Slow cooked in vegetable broth, cheese, veggies and butter this makes a delicious main course. The method of cooking and the rice variety used is what makes Risotto somewhat different from some common rice dishes such as fried rice, pilaf or pulav.

The creamy texture of Risotto comes with the special variety of rice used to make it, and the slow cooking to release the starch from the rice.The Risotto should be served in a flat plate and should be eaten within few minutes of serving; else it can become too dry.

The special varieties of rice used are mainly; Arborio and Carnaroli. While the former will give a soupy Risotto the later will make a creamy and firm Risotto.

Easy Risotta with Loads of Veggies

Assortment of colorful veggies

 

Ingredients;

(serves 4)

  • 1 cup of short grain rice or Arborio rice
  • ½ cup of brown rice
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cups of mixed veggies
  • Salt as desired
  • ¼ tsp. of black pepper
  • ½ cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small cup of White wine (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of butter

Easy Risotta with Loads of Veggies

Method: Pick and wash the rice in clean water. Heat a skillet and fry sliced onions in 1 tbsp. of olive oil for 1 minute. Add the washed rice and fry for 3-4 minutes till the edges look opaque. This helps seal the chewy quality of the rice.

Add all the diced and sliced veggies. Colored bell pepper, Broccoli, Sweet corn, Peas are there into my Risotto. Fry the whole mix for another 1 minute. At this stage add the white wine, which is optional. This gives a distinct flavor to Risotto.

Vegetable Broth: veggie broth of Stock is the flavored liquid made by boiling leftover veggies in water with a few spice. The resultant liquid is further strained to get Stock, while some of the residue in small pieces are left in broth.

For making a veggie broth, boil any leftover veggies, the unused stalks of coriander, spinach and other such greens are wonderful ingredients. Add a few peppercorns, bay leaf and a little salt to the water. Boil the water for about 1 hour at slow flame.

Easy Risotta with Loads of Veggies

Add the vegetable broth made by the above mentioned process, ladle by ladle stirring once or twice in between. Follow the same step till the whole broth is used.

Add the butter and stir the rice. Sprinkle white pepper powder, salt and half the grated cheese and again stir.

Easy Risotta with Loads of Veggies

Creamy Risotto to dig in...

 

Take a small bowl and fill it with the cooked Risotto and pres it lightly with the back of a ladle. Empty the bowl on a clean flat serving plate, sprinkle some more cheese and serve hot.

Notes;

  1. If you are a connoisseur of food, make this dish with the special rice meant for Italian Risotto.
  2. The broth does make a good difference, but if you are short on time just cook it with plain water.
  3. Avoid the cheese to watch on your diet. It will still taste delicious.
  4. Make a plain Risotto with just spring onion as the main veggie, as is done in most of the authentic Italian Risotto.
  5. White wine as an ingredient gives a distinct and authentic flavor to Risotto. But it is totally optional and depends upon individual preferences.
  6. I have cooked this recipe with normal small grain, brown rice , Basmati rice and even Barley! I did not find much difference as far as the texture and taste is concern. Probably I am not a real connoisseur :)

For more on Rosotto;

Basic Risotto

Happy & prosperous 2011 to all of you!



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30 Comments »

  • Jamie said:

    I absolutely love risotto and as warming and perfect a winter meal we eat it all year round. As for this mixed veg and cheese risotto, stunning and one complete meal. Perfect! Happy Happy Holidays to you and yours! xo

  • Ekta said:

    Delicious flavourful warm risotto!!
    Thanx and New Year Greetings to all!!

  • Sharmilee said:

    This sounds totally new to me but very tempting click

  • Rita said:

    I love risottto and your looks wonderfully healthy. Thank you for dropping by.
    Rita

  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    The only reason I dont cook risotto is because of the wine.But you say its optional..so m gonna use vegetable stock maybe.Looks totally yum :)

  • veena said:

    ooooh i am drooling!!!!!!!!!!!amazing clicks and a great veggie dish!!!!!1

  • anuradha mandapaka said:

    Lovely recipe, you should skip diet for once and dig in with cheese for authentic taste…..all five stars to u!

  • santosh said:

    new to mebut loking so tempting ki eat just now. clicks are nice

  • Swathi said:

    Looks delicious with all the vegetables.

  • Monet said:

    I adore a big plate of creamy rissoto. This is making me crave a bowl right now. I love how you added so many vegetables too. It looks perfect. Thank you so much for sharing with me!

  • nishi said:

    The rice looks delicious.. Thanks for sharing sajeeta :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  • Roxan said:

    Oh, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am thinking about going completely vegetarian so I’m on the lookout for more vegetarian recipes. This risotto looks great… hearty, a great way to ring in the new year!

  • Namitha said:

    It looks so pretty with those colorful veggies in it :-)

  • sayantani said:

    never ate or made risotto but heard a lot about it. you tempted me with your mouth watering pictures.

  • Kathy Gori said:

    This looks yummy Sanjeeta! Simple creamy delicious!

  • Pushpa said:

    Yummy risotto looks very tempting.

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    Never cooked risotto or eaten before, but heard a lot and saw it too on tv. So, would love to try this out.

  • Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said:

    One of my fav dishes from Italy, creamy and comforting – adorable this vegetable risotto :)

    Happy New Year!!

    Gera

  • Jeanne said:

    Risotto is one of my favorite dishes to make when it’s chilly outside! I could really go for some risotto now… I hope that you have a Happy New Year!

  • Julie M. said:

    I am a big fan of risotto. There’s just some so wonderful about a creamy delicious rice that doesn’t require any cream to get there. I love your version here, it looks perfect!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a joyful New Year!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    That is a gorgeous risotto! Love all the fresh veggies!

  • Silence Sings said:

    I love any kind of risotto recipe…this one looks so tempting….loved the recipe….

  • Priya said:

    Mindblowing dish, soo tempting.

  • TBC said:

    That looks rich and creamy! I made a risotto recently using the only rice I had on hand- Basmati. I’m not surprised that it did not turn out very well. :)

    Happy New Year!

  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said:

    Love this simple risotto. So refreshing.

  • Swapna said:

    Never tried Rissoto at home…yours look rich and creamy!

    Hapy New Year to you too Sanjeeta!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    Sounds great! Happy new year to you!

  • Juliana said:

    What a nice risotto, love all the veggies in it…so beautifully presented :-) Happy 2011!

  • Jayashree said:

    your risotto looks so creamy and delish…..

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    oh that looks os yum i love rissoto be it any type :) that looks luscious
    !!

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