I know I know, I am getting carried away with experimentation but really this one came out really good! I love Thai food and especially just the taste of the “liquidy” part of their spicy curries with plain jasmine rice left after all the meat has disappeared from my plate. Sticky rice or jasmine rice has high carbohydrate content and it absorbs flavors really well. The same is true for Arborio rice and that is why the Italians like to use this rice for risotto. The dominant flavor of the risotto gets infused into the rice as it is slow cooked and that is what gives risotto the comfort-food-quality that we call love about it. So today I decided to combine Thai flavors with Italians techniques. I cooked Arborio rice with Thai green curry and coconut milk combined with chicken broth (standard Italian ingredient for Risotto). The coconut milk was perfect in giving the risotto a rich creaminess and then I added beans and peas to add to the “green-ness” of the dish and the crunchy multi-colored bell peppers gave it great texture.
1. 1 Cup of Arborio rice
2. 1.5-2 cups of chicken broth (maybe a bit more if the rice needs it)
3. ¾ cup of coconut milk
4. 1 tablespoon of Green Thai Curry Paste
5. 3 leaves of Kefir lime leaves
6. Salt to taste
7. 25-30 Haricot Verts (young green beans)
8. ¾ cup of thawed petite peas
9. A few colored bell peppers for garnishing
10. 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1. In a medium sized pit, pour the extra virgin olive oil and heat it over low heat for a minute or so.
3. Add ½ cup of chicken broth and stir. The trick to making good risotto is to add a little bit of broth at a time and to keep stirring the rice frequently – this gives the rice a creamy texture and it gets cooked and plumps up well.
4. After 3-4 minutes, add a little bit more broth and stir. Now add green curry paste and stir.
5. Repeat this step after every 3-4 minutes till all the broth is gone (usually takes 15-20 minutes over low heat).
8. Continue to cook and stir until the rice is soft and creamy. If it looks like the rice is sticking to the bottom of the pan, add a little bit more broth and stir thoroughly.
11. Add the thawed petite peas to the pot and stir again. Let these cook for 2-3 minutes in the rice over low heat and then turn the heat off. Let the rice sit in the pot (covered for 3-4 minutes for the flavors to get blended and happy together).