Mar 11

Tarragon and Smoked Cheese (almost) Risotto

All people who love fine Italian food are going to rebel when they read this. But, hey its tasty, and I didn’t want to call it Tarragon and Smoked cheese khichidi πŸ™‚

 Yum Yum!!

Yum Yum!!

2 cups of rice washed and soaked for about an hour

2-3 bunches of fresh tarragon, leaves separated

4 strands of green garlic finely chopped

2 carrots, a small broccoli, handful of french beans, half a zucchini, mushrooms all roughly chopped from chunky to small sized pieces

A big piece (50 gms) of smoked cheese grated

Olive oil and a small piece of butter (10 gms)

2-3 tablespoons of basil or tomato pesto

Put some olive oil and the butter in a cooker, and heat until the butter melts. Add the garlic and 1 dried red chilly and cook until slightly brown, add the tarragon leaves. After it sputters for a minute or two, add all the veggies and cook for a few minutes. Add the pesto.

Remove the red chilly.

Add the rice and salt to taste. Add water to cover the mixture by about an inch.

Add the grated cheese.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Wait until the cooker has cooled down enough to open it, about 15 minutes or so.

Serve piping hot. It’s really tasty!

Jai Gurudeva!



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14 Responses to “Tarragon and Smoked Cheese (almost) Risotto”

  1. Prajakta says:


  2. kumar simha says:

    jgd…leave the actual food…ur desription itself makes me salivate Bau…:)….ok am off to have lunch…got more hungry


  3. Rahul JOshi says:

    It looks delicious bau…!!!

  4. pratiksha says:

    sounds simple n looks delicious….will make it…..
    i luv all ur recipes bau….


  5. Abhilash says:

    Looks like Risdi(Risotto+Khichdi)…you can be very sure I’ll try this one out!

  6. Abhilash says:

    Or Khisotto πŸ˜€

  7. Varsha says:

    Kindly put local (read Hindi) names of the ingredients you use in your recipes that will make them more easier to follow.

    Jai Gurudev

    • Bawa says:

      Actually i have no idea what tarragon is called in Hindi πŸ™‚ … other places i will do it, if i know πŸ™‚

  8. anita says:

    btw what IS tarragon…..and smoked cheese….how can we make cheese smoky…..

  9. hitesh says:

    yummy i have tried it at home itz too yummy

  10. Bhairavi says:

    Made ‘Almost risotto’ today.
    ” Brown rice Vegetables risotto.”
    Used Brown boiled rice in place of arborio, ‘Turia’ in place of zuccini, Paneer in place of Parmesan cheese! Plus capsicum, french beans, little tomato, 1 white onion, parsley+ mint laeves, garlic, oliveoil, peeper.
    Turned out yummy, tastes just like real italian risotto!!!

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