Saffron Risotto ?&*#@

All those special characters are in the title because am surprised that I made Risotto at home and got it nearly right !! Krishnan and I love the Risotto but I always thought it was something exotic and cannot be made at home. We would go to Tonino or Flavors and invariably eat the Risotto and polish off a bottle of Tobasco :):). Italians, please forgive us… we like some spice in the food.

So today when I felt like eating Risotto, I resorted to checking the OPOS forum on FB and saw that there were a couple of posts about Risotto. Then I googled the recipe and realised I didn’t have Arborio rice at home. I substituted with Ponni boiled rice.

Here are the ingredients I used –

2 TBSPs of butter, 1/4th cup onions
1 C Ponni Boiled rice (Drained. I soaked it in hot water for 20mins)
1/4C peas and capsicum – used the veges sparingly
Salt to taste
Saffron strands
A few Tulsi leaves chopped for the Basil effect
1 and 1/4 Cups of water

Once it all got cooked add 1/2 C of grated cheese. I used the regular Amul Cheese.

Krishnan and I scraped off every last bit of the Risotto :). We had bought a bottle of the Bhot Jolokia sauce (super spicy chilly from Nagaland) and used it instead of the Tobasco. The Bhot Jolokia wasnt all that hot, maybe because it was made into a sauce. This Risotto tasted really good. Infact Mom ate it as well and usually she doesn’t eat Risotto when we order it in or go to a restaurant.

Am sure the purists will scoff a bit at this attempt, but the point is, it tasted genuinely close to the Risottos that we have eaten at Italian restaurants in India. Am sure the Arborio rice would have made a huge difference and I will try it again with that.

Super thrilled that I could make this at home…. one more restaurant favourite is now home-made, thanks to OPOS. Yippee !

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