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Easy Vegetarian Risotto Recipe

Everyone knows about Pizza and Pasta. What other Italian food comes to your mind when you hear Italian food? There is more to Italian cuisine, there is this Risotto, which is relatively less known. Here is an easy to follow veg risotto recipe.

what is risotto

Risotto is a creamy Italian rice dish. Risotto’s taste is very similar to that of rice version of mac and cheese. “Risotto” is taken from the term “riso”, which means rice. Risotto originates from north of Italy (src: Wiki). Much like lots of other rice dishes like biryani, you can have veg or non-veg variants of risotto. Risotto cooking involves cooking with wine and rice release its starches, creating a rich, velvety sauce with soft grains.

what is risotto made of

In the most basic form risotto is rice and the broth and the aroma it has. The trick of making best risotto is getting the right texture and softness to the rice. The trick to creating the perfect texture for risotto is preparing and warming your broth ahead of time.

Can You Use Regular Rice to Make Risotto?

You can use any type of rice. Normally long grain rice like Basmati and Jasmine rice would not stick to each other and are ideally not the best rice for risotto. On the other hand, short-grain like like arborio rice sticks together and best suited for risotto.

How to make Risotto | Your Food Fantasy
How to make Risotto | Your Food Fantasy

There are numerous risotto recipes with all sort of ingredients, but all of them require cooking rice. Unlike other rice preparations, for risotto, rice does not need to be pre-rinsed, boiled, or drained, as washing would remove much of the starch, which is required for nice creamy texture of risotto.

Coming back to why I decided to make risotto. We went to a local famous Italian restaurant and we all ate risotto. After meal, my husband said, “you never made risotto for me”, to which I said, “I did not realise you will like it”, so here it is my take on risotto.

Easy Risotto Recipe | Italian Food | Your Food Fantasy
Easy Risotto Recipe | Italian Food | Your Food Fantasy

Procedure for making Risotto is fairly simple. Ingredients or risotto may vary, depending on veg or non-veg risotto. Get the ingredients ready (by part cooking, eg, sautéed vegetables ready on one side). Get the rice ready by cooking in wine, and veg stock. You can use chicken if making chicken risotto, etc. Then add the sautéed vegetables in rice…pretty simple cooking, I say.

Method of making veg risotto

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and add broccoli, asparagus, bell pepper, onion and sauté till they are tender and crunchy. Take them out and keep aside.
  • To the same pan add rest of oil and rice to it. Add wine and sauté till all the wine is absorbed. Now add vegetable broth one ladle at a time till it is all absorbed. Sauté constantly as these rice tend to stick to the bottom. Keep the heat to medium-low all the time.
  • Add another ladle and sauté again and repeat this until all the broth is absorbed. Now add salt, pepper powder and mix well. Add sautéed vegetables and mix. Switch off the heat.

Serving suggestion for risotto

Serve risotto hot with green salad or bruschetta, along with choice of wine.

Vegetarian Risotto Recipe | Italian Food | YourFoodFantasy.com
Vegetarian Risotto Recipe | Italian Food | YourFoodFantasy.com

Below is the simple step by step details of making Veg Risotto at home.

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Easy Vegetarian Risotto

Simple recipe to make Risotto at home
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Multi-National
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 332 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 Cup Cooking wine
  • 3 Cup Vegetables Broth
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1/2 Cup Asparagus Chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Bell Pepper Sliced (I have used Red and Yellow bell peppers)
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • Salt As per taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and add broccoli, asparagus, bell pepper, onion and sauté till they are tender and crunchy. Take them out and keep aside.
  • To the same pan add rest of oil and rice to it. Add wine and sauté till all the wine is absorbed. Now add vegetable broth one ladle at a time till it is all absorbed. Sauté constantly as these rice tend to stick to the bottom. Keep the heat to medium-low all the time.
  • Add another ladle and sauté again and repeat this until all the broth is absorbed. Now add salt, pepper powder and mix well. Add sautéed vegetables and mix. Switch off the heat.
  • Serve your Risotto and enjoy it hot with a wine of your choice.
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Notes

  1.  You can add Parmesan cheese to it once it’s all cooked. I didn’t added in my recipe as no one in my house is a fan of Parmesan.
  2. Keep the broth warm as it slows the cooking process if you add cold broth.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegetarian Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 542mg24%
Potassium 332mg9%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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