Mushroom Risotto and Quick-fix Garlic Bread

One night, when I was craving the goodness of cheese and the comfort of rice at once, risotto seemed the obvious choice. The only risotto-able vegetable I had in the fridge was a box of button mushrooms (and they’re not even a vegetable). I didn’t have Arborio rice so I just used the lovely local Ambe-mohor. The result was absolutely luscious. One look at it, and I knew I needed some garlic bread to achieve the highly aspired sigh.

Scroll down to see what I did!


  • 1 cup short grain rice (used Ambe-mohor)
  • As many and as various mushrooms as you can lay your hands on
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped fine
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Butter
  • Parmesan
  • White wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley (or fresh fennel, as I did)


  1. Heat a generous amount of oil and butter in a heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Throw in the garlic and onions and sweat until soft.
  3. Throw in the randomly chopped mushrooms and sauté until almost done. Remove.
  4. In the same pan, heat some more oil and butter and sauté the rice until fragrant.
  5. Season and keep adding the white wine in small quantities until the rice is almost cooked.
  6. Return the mushrooms to the pot, add fennel, grate the parmesan, and give it one good stir. Cover and let sit for a few minutes.
  7. To serve, spoon onto a plate while still warm, grate on some more of that cheese, and drizzle with olive oil.

Oh, and for the no-one-will-know garlic bread, pull out those hot dog buns you bought 3 days ago and slit them into fours. Soften some table butter, throw in some parsley or oregano, and loads of chopped garlic. Toast the old buns lightly and slather will garlic butter.

No one will know.

Comments (14)

  1. Nags August 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    hehe love the idea of that garlic bread ;(

  2. mandar talvekar August 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    now i am hungry. very.
    and with no prospect of getting any risotto or garlic bread 🙁

  3. Saee Koranne-Khandekar August 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Nags, that's pretty much how i always do garlic bread–and no one ever knows!

    Mandy, you poor man–I have half a mind of coming down to TIS with a large dabba of goodies for you.

  4. Pari August 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Wow what a good risotto and I also make my garlic bread like that some times.

  5. SJ August 6, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I don't know about the risotto (never had it) the garlic bread is definitely bookmarked!

  6. Saee Koranne-Khandekar August 6, 2009 at 3:42 am

    SJ, if I were even 200 gms lighter than I am now, I'd eat risotto every day of my life. Really. Check out Jamie's version…it's insane!

  7. Aparna August 7, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I think everyone should know that garlic bread. It looks good!

  8. Saee Koranne-Khandekar August 7, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Aparna, it's one of the many tricks up my XL-sized sleeve–watch this space for more! 🙂

  9. Pari August 10, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Hi! I have a sweet little surprise for you waiting at my blog kindly pick them…a few awards and a tag.

  10. arundati August 11, 2009 at 2:56 am

    i just got here to your blog… its fab!! i love the way you write…

  11. Sunshinemom August 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I always thought it was ambemore:). I must make that risotto. I like the garlic bread too:).

    I got the copper plates at 'Giri Stores' in Matunga (W).

  12. Saee Koranne-Khandekar August 13, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Thanks, Sunshinemom! I'm on my way to Matunga as we speak! 😉

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