I love Italian food but when it comes to cooking it at home, I have not been very experimental and end up making only pastas. And that too has now been put on hold because Devansh is not crazy about pastas. He doesn’t like their al dente texture and I can’t possibly overcook pasta to make it palatable to him. Overcooked pasta just doesn’t work for anyone. Then one day a light bulb popped out of my head with a picture of risotto in it. After all Devansh does like rice and creamy texture of risotto is just perfect for toddlers.
So I started scouting for recipes. Now typically risotto is made using Arborio rice but I came across one recipe which had used barley grains. I remember when I was a kid my folks used to drink and make me drink barley water (water in which barley grains are boiled) as it is good to flush out toxins. Barley provides so many health benefits, it is rightly termed as a superfood by experts. You can read more nutritional benefits of barley here. The only thing is barley grains are sort of thick and chewy, which I wasn’t sure would be a big hit with Devansh. He simply hates chewing food. Then I remembered I had seen barley dalia at this grocer from whom I pick up organic food.
Risotto is typically made by periodically adding vegetable or chicken stock/water to rice as it cooks. But while searching for risotto recipes, I came across one where the risotto was made in a pressure cooker. This was just perfect, because this alternative was less labor-intensive and would cook my risotto in less time. I thought spinach would complement the taste of barley well and it did.
First time I made this recipe, I forgot to set aside some grated cheese for garnishing and we had run out of cheese. So instead of going ahead with a boring photograph, I made it again after 2-3 days and this time I remembered to set aside some cheese. 🙂 Devansh liked it both the times. Despite it being bland, Kalpesh too liked it both the times. If you want to make this risotto for older kids and grownups, you can use whole grain barley instead of barley dalia. And you can add corn—American or baby corn, and/or mushrooms. You will of course need to increase the quantity of ingredients proportionately. Hope you all like this healthy risotto recipe.
This post was last modified on April 12, 2019 6:59 am
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