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Valentine's Day Special Recipe: oil-free brown rice risotto

Keep your loved one's heart healthy this Valentine's day with this healthy vegetarian recipe -- brown rice rissoto.

Written by Bhakti Paun Sharma |Published : February 12, 2016 6:13 PM IST

Traditional risotto is chewy, gooey and spells high calorie. With the base ingredient being cheese, it can t be healthy obviously. But just a few switches here and there can help you achieve almost the same taste and consistency and you can enjoy the dish guilt-free. Here is a healthy brown rice risotto which has no oil and is good for heart health. Only 2 teaspoons of cheese makes it low calorie and while Arborio rice has some health benefits, brown rice definitely holds the top position. Impress your valentine with this fancy lunch or dinner recipe on your special day.


  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
  • cup capsicum (red, yellow and green), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk, 99.7% fat-free
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp mozzarella cheese grated

For the garnish

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Finely chopped capsicum (red, yellow and green)


  1. Mix cornflour in 1 tbsp milk.
  2. Place a non-stick pan on the flame and add the garlic and onions once it is hot. It is a no oil recipe. Hence, you need to dry roast the ingredients.
  3. Once onions are brown, add the capsicum and stir for another 1 minute. You can add a little water if the ingredients start burning.
  4. Now add the brown rice and stir for 2-3 minutes. Let them cook on medium flame. Add the remaining ingredients along with the cornflour and milk mixture and stir well.
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Using a vegetable masher, mash the rice roughly to give it the consistency of a risotto.
  6. Add 1 tbsp of water to make the mix little soggy and mix well.
  7. Add the cheese and mix. Cook for another minute and serve immediately.

Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial of the recipe:

Video Source: Tarla Dalal/Youtube

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