Other grains, like barley and farro can also be used to make risotto-like dishes. Risotto is naturally healthy and low cholesterol. White rice, best used for risotto, is an excellent source of niacin and moderate source of protein, thiamin and iron. Together with plenty of cooked vegetables, it makes a good source of fiber.
To make a good risotto one should use an organic broth. It does not make much difference if one chooses beef, chicken or vegetarian broth. To make a healthy dish one should stick to olive oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil or canola oil. Butter and animal fats are not welcome in a healthy dish.
Risotto is prepared with vegetables and meats. It is important to purchase organic products and make sure they are fresh, preferably in the season. The most commonly used vegetables are kale, onions, pumpkins, zucchini, and eggplant.
Cheese is another important ingredient of a risotto dish. It may be best to use parmesan or Romano cheese. Pecorino Romano, cheese made from sheep’s milk, is another great option.
For a perfectly creamy and tender risotto, one should use gently simmering stock and cook the rice with a cup of liquid until it is absorbed. First, one has to cook the rice in the butter mixture until the grains appear glassy, and stir occasionally. When the liquid is absorbed, one should add another cup. This releases starch from the rice, which makes the risotto creamy. The other ingredients are cooked separately and mixed with cooked rice. Here is a great recipe for everyone to try.
The basic risotto can be served as a meal or a base for other risotto dishes. It is very simple but extremely tasty. It may be combined with cooked meat or vegetables, and it is enough for 2 to 4 main course portions.
To make this dish one needs ½ cup of chopped onion, 4 minced garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, ½ cup of white wine, 1 ½ cups of Arborio or other Italian rice, 5 cups of beef, chicken, mushroom or vegetable broth, ½ cups of grated cheese or parmesan substitute, salt, pepper and butter to taste.
Olive oil, garlic, onion and rice should be combined in a deep frying pan and cooked on a medium heat. Add rice and sauté until the onion and garlic is tender. Add white wine and simmer until absorbed. Add two cups of broth and simmer until absorbed. Continue to add broth until there is no more left. Add cheese and flavor with salt, pepper and butter.