Steamed Risotto

Ever since my mom gave me her old electronic steamer from BRAUN which she took so good care of and is about seventeen years old by now, I started using it whenever I felt like it was time for healthy food with loads of vitamins and when I couldn’t bother standing by the stove and stirring after a long day of work. All I have to do is place the ingredients in the steamer, turn the knob for the timer and go take a shower. I don’t have to worry if anything burns or overcooks. It’s a really carefree and healthy alternative to cooking with a stove or oven. And my aunt taught me this nifty recipe of how to steam risotto. It’s super easy and super yummy! And I thought that risotto would be an interesting recipe to start off with my collection of steamed recipes. There are more to come, so stay tuned! 🙂

Here’s how it goes…

Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients for 2 portions:

  • 200 ml risotto rice
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 tbsp homemade vegetable broth (or 1 tsp instant vegetable broth)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp dried mix of Italian herbs (oregano, rosemary, basil, parsley, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • (2 tbsp Parmesan for the vegetarian version)

Utensils:

  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen knife
  • Electronic steamer

ToDo:

Cut your zucchini into quarters lengthwise and then into 1 cm thick slices, then do the same with your carrots only cut them into thinner slices (0.5 cm) as they tend to take longer to cook. Now the last things to cut are your onions. Dice them up real nice and small. Guess what. Your almost done cooking this dish! 🙂 Get your steamer prepared and grab the steam basket without holes in it. Electronic steamers are usually delivered with an extra rice basket. First add your risotto rice followed by water, vegetable broth, dried Italian herbs and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir it all well and let the rice settle at the bottom. Make sure your rice is spread out evenly throughout the steam basket. Lastly spread your onions out over the rice and the same goes for the carrots. Put the lid on your steamer and set the timer to 30 minutes. When the alarm goes off add the zucchini on top of the other veggies and set the timer further for another 5 minutes. And you’r done! Unless you’re a vegetarian and would like to add some tang to your “steam”-ing hot and yummy risotto. In that case, add 2 tbsp of Parmesan and stir well. Lecker Smacker!

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