I had bought this box of Arborio rice some time back, wanted to make risotto with it, but kept putting it off, I thought I'll taste risotto first at a restaurant and then do it. But I never got a chance to taste it and luckily this arborio rice has a good shelf life, and that particular day I had all the ingredients needed, mushroom, baby corn and basil, so finally I just browsed, went through many recipes and decided to make it. I didn't have any idea about how long the rice was going to take to cook or whether the family would like it or not, but at the end, it was a big hit at home. If you like cheese and Italian food, then try this at least once, you'll love it..
Need To Have
- Arborio Rice - 1 cup
- Baby Bella Or Button Mushrooms - 16 oz, diced into big pieces
- Baby Corn - 8, chopped into 1/2" pieces
- Tomato - 1 medium, chopped, big pieces
- Onion - 2 small, chopped
- Basil Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
- Cream Cheese - 2 tablespoons
- Parmesan Cheese - 2 tablespoon
- Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
- Cooking Butter - 1/2 tablespoon
Heat the butter, add the chopped onions and saute till they turn transparent, then add the baby corn and mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes.
Now add the tomato and saute for a minute, then add the rice and mix. Add 2 cups of water, salt, cover and cook on low heat, checking at intervals. When the water is almost absorbed, add 1 cup more water, cover and cook. Again, when the water is almost absorbed, add one more cup of water and keep cooking, till the rice is done and there is very little water.
At this stage, add the chopped basil and cream cheese and mix it nicely. Finally add the parmesan cheese and black pepper, mix it and remove. Leave it for 2 minutes and serve.
Chop the basil leaves just before adding, it'll not turn dark green in color.
I have used Parmesan Powder, you can use fresh grated Parmesan.
Also you can use wild mushrooms instead of baby bella.
Add the salt sparingly, as the cheese would also be salty.
If you don't have cream cheese,use a little fresh cream in place, also remove the final dish, while it still has some liquid in it, as it'll become thicker as it cools a little.
If you can't find Arborio rice, use regular short grain rice or even basmati.