Sunday, 14 February 2010

Corn-Cottage Cheese Risotto and Grilled Broccoli

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Hello Friends.
Valentine’s day is a special day for people in loveheart and I can see the blogosphere flooded with dessert and chocolate recipes spreading all the sweetness…smile_teeth I also wanted to post something sweet but then decided completely against that.. and here I am posting two very tasty recipes which perfectly complemented each other! The true reason is I did not want to indulge myself in elaborate preparations as I am still recuperating..
I had made these two preparations for the dinner. S had demanded the Broccoli preparation. A few years back we had had this in a restaurant called Salt n Pepper in Andheri, Mumbai and had simply loved it. Risotto was completely my idea and is truely my version and I am glad I experimented. The last time I had made risotto I did not have the patience to add the stock gradually but this time I did it and the end result…I had that sticky kind perfectly made.I have used the small grain rice that I use at home..one is free to use the Arboreo rice.
Making a good risotto is rather like riding a vehicle for the first time, it takes a little bit of practice to begin with, and a certain amount of attention thereafter. Risotto’s are also very sensitive to timing, and this is why what is served in a restaurant (no matter how good it is) will rarely display that rich texture and just-right doneness that a good home-made risotto will.
The Brocolli I had cooked in grill-micro combination, the taste was nice and it had imbibed all the marinade but I will use 50-50 version the next time to avoid the slightly dry texture which I got this time. I surely like mine extra moist… Sending this combo to the COMBO EVENT  hosted here.
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Ingredients for  Grilled Broccoli
2 Broccolis separated into flowerets
3/4 cup thick curds
1 tsp cumin pwd
2 tsp coriander pwd
2 tsp chili pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
2-3 tsp garlic-ginger paste
salt to taste
Chaat masala
Method
Blanch the Broccoli.
In the thick yogurt mix all the ingredients except the broccoli. and prepare the marinade.
Now mix the broccoli in the marinade and coat it properly with it. Leave aside for an hour and then insert it in the satay sticks, smear it with some butter  and using the grill-microwave function grill for 10-15 mins. Just before serving sprinkle some chaat masala.
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Ingredients for the Risotto
2 cups small grain rice
1 onion chopped
4-5 baby corns sliced
200g corn kernels
200g tomato puree (I used Kissan tetra pak)
about 150g cottage cheese crumbled
2 tsp each of  dry basil, thyme and Oregano
4 tbsps extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for cooking
4 garlic pods chopped
2 tsp of Paprika
1 tsp white pepper
about 8-10 cups of vegetable stock
Method
Wash the rice and soak for 10 mins.
In a pan take EVOO and heat it…add onions and chopped garlic. Once the onion turns translucent add the baby corns and corn kernels, saute.
Add the tomato puree, salt, herbs, parika, pepper and mix. Remove the water from the rice and put the rice. Mix it properly with the tomato sauce.
Add a cup of water at a time, once it gets absorbed add the next and so on..till the rice gets cooked and releases the starch. Cooking should be done in an open pan at no point it should be covered.
Once the rice is half cooked add the cottage cheese and continue cooking using more veg stock. At the end add some butter and give a final toss. The entire process of making the risotto can take time anywhere between 20-30mins.
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How was the end result? I am writing this post an hour after dinner. Now, after reading this post S is going back to have another round of Risotto.. clap Need I say more…??!!
Wish every one a very happy Valentine’s Day…lets get together and spread the message of love.rose
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37 comments:

mk. said...

And believe me, this late night 2nd round tasted better than the 1st :-D.

Happy Valentine's Day <3.

Jagruti said...

Very colourful dish Pari..love the broccoli and resotto...step by step pics making me hungry...Happy VD !!!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Lovely recipes....I loved the way you grilled the broccoli!!! superb!

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow, grilled broccoli.. that looks really innovative.Salt and pepper is one of my favorite restaurants in mumbai..love the Risotto. lovely colorful combo. ..

ruchikacooks said...

Grilled Broccoli Look yum Pari. Excellent combinations

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari
Very nice dish and description, not getting any time to read the blogs, very frustrating without kitchen ha ha
take care happy V day

Nithu Bala said...

Hey, sounds delicious..pictures are so nice..happy V day Dear :-)

Cham said...

I want to pick the broco. It is just awesome with spice!

Priya said...

Happy valentine's day Pari...Risotto looks fantastic and love the colour of the dish, coming to the grilled broccoli looks tremendous, just love it...

Swathi said...

pari,

Risotto looks really delicious

Gita said...

Happy Valentines Day dear...this is such a feast...love the idea of adding cottage cheese risotto...broccoli looks too good...I am definitely trying this :)

Nandini said...

Risotto and broccoli are delicious and tempting! They're very scrumptious! BTW, please check the link of the event. There are 2 http's. I felt like writing about it :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Mouthwatering.............

Pari said...

Dear Nandini, thanks for pointing out, have corrected it.
Dear Cham, yes the spiced version was good!
Thank you Priya, I agree the colour of the risotto really looks awesome, even I am feeling hungry again looking at it.
Thanks Preeti but use the 50-50 version if u like moist.
Ushnish da I hope you get your utensils and start ur kitchen, I know it's difficult for foodies not to cook and eat good food.

Deepti said...

Happy Vday Pari...combo luks perfect.

notyet100 said...

combo looks delicious,..hppy valentines day

Tina said...

So colourful and tempting...

Parita said...

I am still yet to prepare risotto at home, you truly inspire me!! I loved the marinade with curd for broccoli, sounds yumm! A fantastic dish! Happy Valentine's Day dear..hope u have a wonderful day ahead!

sowmya.s said...

love the grilled brocolli..will try it sometime..

Pari said...

Dear Parita, that's so sweet of you dear to say that, you urself are an inspiration to so many...
Thanks Sowmya do try it.
Thank u gals and wish u all a happy V day.

AshKuku said...

Hey,

This is simply mind blowing, with every step by step illustrations.... I loved it totally both the risotto & the grilled broccoli.....
Kindly accept & collect your TOFAS from my space...... Thank You,

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

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Katy said...

The risotto looks so delicious; red is perfect color for Valentine's Day. And grilled broccoli is such a nice way to prepare it.

Wishing that your cup of love is overflowing!

nandini said...

Love Risotto!! thnx for the lovely recipe!. Grilled brocolli looks super good!

Smitha said...

Yummy Broccoli Pari...looks real great..I am sure tastes the same too...

Smitha

http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice way to use brocolli,loved the ingredients too...risotto also looks delicious pari and lovely clicks as usual...and a very happy valentines day

Latha said...

Awesome looking broccoli. Love the risotto too.

Cicily Antony said...

Lookin yummy!!! Grilled broccoli looks really tempting!!! Have to try it out!!!

Siddhi S said...

wow pari awesome combo...loved both the dishes, thy luks damn temptiing...nice step by step prep u hv given....superb recipes...thnx for sharing

simply.food said...

Nice way to cook brocolli.Will definately try it.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Happy V day! Lovely dishes

Kanchan said...

I had no idea we can make such a delicious recipe of broccoli !
This is very nice idea Pari .

Prathibha said...

Hmmm..I made gobi in the same u did broccoli recently....but I prefer broccoli for gobi definitely...coming 2 risotto I still have not tried at home yet as I was always in search of arborio rice here....even I was thinking of using regular rice and prepare this from long time but still I was not able 2 do,ur post is pushing me now to start with

Jaishree said...

Lovely recipes....So colourful and tempting..Awesome clicks.. Love it Pari!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

This is so interesting! Looks so yummy..perfect clicks..

PJ said...

Hi Pari, the girlled broccoli is such a wonderful idea! Love the spices and the marinade you made.

Theek watat aahe ka aata? Take it easy a couple of days. I just had such a hectic weekend, luckily this is a three-day weekend here, so I get today to relax off too!

Spice said...

Both the dishes look good....specially risotto......

hayatcemresi said...

hello pari,
çok lezzetli bir yemek.

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