Mastering The Risotto Recipe Right in Your Kitchen

A delicious homemade risotto recipe? Now, that’s amore.

Published On Dec 06, 2023 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


The savoury approach to rice in India is rather unique. For the most part, we focus on the aromatics, the spices, and the protein we can add to the blank canvas of rice to put forth a truly delicious preparation. Between biryani and pulao, our rice recipes are a medley of different flavours and textures. However, the Italian take on rice believes in making the rice the star of the plate. It pays close attention to details like the consistency and depth of the dish. In this, one of the best Italian rice preparations is Risotto, a creamy affair between sauce and rice. We are here to discuss the risotto recipe and how you can perfect this Italian delicacy right at home.

Originating in Northern Italy, the risotto has deep roots in Italian countryside culinary tradition. Its journey began in the 14th century, evolving from a simple rice dish to a symbol of sophistication and comfort. Today, risotto graces tables worldwide, celebrated for its creamy texture and versatile flavour profile. Here’s the classic risotto recipe to make and savour at home:

  1. 1 cup Arborio rice
  2. 4 cups flavorful broth (vegetable or chicken)
  3. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  4. 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  7. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Fresh herbs for garnish (optional)

Begin by heating the broth in a separate pot over medium heat. You want it to be warm, not boiling, so it can be gradually incorporated into the rice later.


In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped shallots and minced garlic, sautéing until they become translucent. This aromatic base sets the foundation for the risotto's flavour.

Add the Arborio rice to the pan, stirring continuously to coat each grain with the butter and aromatics. Toast the rice for a couple of minutes until it develops a slightly translucent edge. This step enhances the nutty flavour of the rice.

Pour in the dry white wine, stirring until it's mostly absorbed by the rice. This step not only adds a layer of acidity and complexity to the dish but also deglaze the pan, incorporating any flavorful bits stuck to the bottom.


Now comes the heart of risotto-making. Begin ladling in the warm broth one cup at a time, stirring frequently. Allow the rice to absorb most of the liquid before adding the next ladleful. This gradual addition and constant stirring coax out the starch from the rice, creating the creamy consistency risotto is known for. Continue this process until the rice is cooked to an al dente texture, usually taking about 18-20 minutes.

Once the rice is cooked to perfection, stir in the remaining butter and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. This final touch adds a luscious creaminess and a depth of flavour. Season with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring a well-balanced dish.

If desired, garnish the risotto with fresh herbs like parsley or chives. Serve the risotto immediately while it's at its peak creaminess, appreciating the labour of love that went into creating this classic Italian dish. Pair it with a glass of the same white wine used in the recipe for a truly harmonious and indulgent experience.

Enjoy your homemade risotto—a culinary marvel that brings the rich history and flavours of Italy straight to your table.

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