"Risotto"is one of the most popular dish in Italian cuisine...so how can i miss it posting in my blog. So i am posting this mushroom risotto recipe today, which i prepare frequently...its a very simple and easy one.If you do not get arborio rice you can use short grained basmati rice instead. I have used mushroom soup powder which gives a very nice taste and even the flavor of mushroom is infused well.Give it a try and i am sure you will love it.
- 1 cup arborio rice(or short grain basmati rice)
- 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms
- 2-3 table spoon mushroom soup powder
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1 table spoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- few strands of fresh thyme
- 1 cube of vegetable seasoning powder
- 2 tea spoon fresh cream
- 2 tea spoon butter
- 20 ml juice of fresh grapes(optional)
- 2 -3 table spoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tea spoon freshly ground pepper
- olive oil
Heat a thick bottomed vessel.Add little olive oil in it and add chopped garlic and saute for 2 mins.Better if u use wooden spoon for it.Then add 1 bay leaf and few strands of fresh thyme and saute for few seconds.Now add the chopped onion and saute for few mins till its soft.
Meanwhile you can make the mushroom stalk.Mix the mushroom soup powder with 5 cups of water, stir it properly so that no lumps are formed.Heat this mixture for 4-5 mins till it gets mixed properly and thickens a bit.
Now when the onion is sauted well and is soft enough add the chopped mushrooms and saute them for few mins till they are done.Now add the grapes juice and cook till its fully absorbed by the mushrooms.Then add the rice and half amount of mushroom stalk which was prepared earlier.After few mins add the remaining mushroom stalk and vegetable seasoning powder and close and cook for 15-20 mins on low flame.
After 15-20 mins the rice need to be fully cooked and mushy.All the water need to be dried up.Then add little salt if required as seasoning powder,stalk and cheese already contains it.Add butter, fresh cream and grated parmesan cheese and mix it well.Cook for 1 min and add pepper powder and mix a bit and remove from flame.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve it hot.
Preparation Time 30 mins
NOTE: Always use a thick bottomed vessel for it , or else the rice might get burned in the cooking process.
Use the ready-made available mushroom soup powder it gives a nice taste and flavour.
If you do not get fresh grapes juice, no problem you can follow the rest recipe or use white wine instead.Use of fresh grape juice gives a nice taste to mushrooms
For 1 cup of rice use of 5 cups of mushroom stalk is necessary.