Ingredients 1 cup arborio rice 1 litre vegetable stock (I used just 1 stock cube) 1/2 onion finely chopped 2 large pods garlic finely chopped 1/2 red pepper finely chopped 1 celery stick finely chopped 1/4 cup soya milk 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp soya margarine / spread a pinch of salt a pinch of black pepper powder few saffron strand to garnish (optional)
Method Heat oil and melt butter together in a saucepan . Add onion and garlic . Saute till it starts turning brown . Now add celery and red pepper and stir for a minute or 2. Add rice and stir for a minute more . Now start adding stock little by little and keep stirring till the stock is absorbed and then again add more stock and stir . Repeat till all the stock is added . Add milk , salt and black pepper . Cover and simmer for 5 - 10 mins or till the rice is tender . Occasionally give a stir. The whole process of cooking risotto would take about 30 mins. Ladddle hot steaming risotto in a bowl and garnish with saffron strands.
For curry paste 1 inch ginger piece 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 onion 1 mild green chilly 1 tsp tomato puree 1/2 tsp soya sauce (optional) 2 lime juices
For curry 1 carrot chunked 1/2 red pepper chunked 1/2 green pepper chunked 3 asparagus chunked 5 -6 mange-touts 349 gms firm tofu (this can be replaced with soya chunks also) 1/2 onion sliced 50 gms coconut cream 1 cup of hot water handful of coriander chopped 1 kaffir lime leaf (optional) 1 tsp oil 1/2 tsp salt
For Paste Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend it into a smooth paste , add little water if necessary.
For Curry Heat oil , sauté onions till they start to brown. Now add the curry paste , saute for a minute . Add vegetables , creamed coconut, salt and hot water. Bring to boil , add kaffir lime leaf and simmer it for 20 -2 5 mins or till all the veggies are tender and cooked. Garnish with corainder leaves. Serve with hot steamed white rice.
Note : While making this curry you can use as many vegetables as you like and the quantity of each vegetable can be as much as you like.
The recipes posted are "tried and tested". The quantity of salt , chilies and red chili powder given are according to my taste and to help people new to cooking. These can be altered according to your taste. Some of the recipes are my own . Some borrowed from kith and kin and some adapted from other bloggers and websites and for these credentials and reference are given . Any resemblance to these recipe are purely coincidental.
I was a "dustbin" (thats how my friends addressed me as...), I would eat everything and anything (vegetarian of-course !) that my friends didnt want to eat and eventually i would be offered their left overs. I dint complain instead i relished evrything and i wished that i would get more left overs the next day... This desire for good food led to fascination and inquisitiveness for good food and finally i m on the road to explore different cuisines to suit my taste buds......