Since today turned out to be a gloomy and rainy day, I thought it would be appropriate to share my recipe for a hot and spicy Indian inspired risotto. This dish is so comforting and filling that you can’t help but crave it when that sun doesn’t shine!!
Indian Inspired Red Lentil Risotto
1 cup arborio rice
1 cup red lentils
4-5 cups homemade vegetable broth, plus more for sautéing (I sautéed in about 2/3 cup vegetable broth)
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large tsp. fresh minced ginger
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. tumeric
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. mustard powder
Sea salt to taste (about 1/2 to 1 tsp.)
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 cups frozen peas
1 1/2 tsp. siracha chili paste
In a saucepan cook the vegetable broth over medium-high heat, covered.
In a large sauté pan cook the onion, garlic and ginger in the vegetable broth until softened.
Add the lentils and stir to combine. Cook until most all the broth is absorbed.
Add the arborio rice and let cook a minute or so. Add hot broth, 1/2 to 2/3 cup at a time, and cook while stirring until absorbed (5-7 minutes). Continue adding more broth and cooking until the rice is almost completely cooked. Add the spices, salt, peas and chili paste and stir to combine. Add more broth as needed and cook until the rice is completely done.
This rice is so comforting and creamy! The great thing is that there is no added oil or fat and not much sodium!! You would never know with all the spice and flavor though!