This pearly, oval-shaped rice undergoes less milling than ordinary long grained rice, so it retains more of its natural starch content and develops a perfect creamy texture while cooking. Like pasta, Arborio rice is prepared al dente, which means that it should be slightly firm to the bite. Arborio rice can also be used for a Spanish paella or other creamy Mediterranean recipes.
Arancini are usually filled with ragù (meat sauce), tomato sauce, mozzarella, and/or peas. There are a number of local variants that differ in fillings and shape. The name derives from the food’s shape and colour, which is reminiscent of an orange (the Italian word for orange is arancia, and arancina means little orange).
Lobster risotto is a fantastic way to use the meat from the bodies of lobsters, as well as the shells. It is a great second-day dish after you feast on the tails and claws – although this risotto is traditionally done in Sardinia with spiny lobsters, which have no claws.
This mushroom risotto with a hit of Japanese miso is all about umami. What’s that? The fifth “savoury” taste. The Italians get it from Parmesan and anchovies, and Asian cuisines from soy and miso. Mushrooms have it in spades, so get this satisfying vegetarian dinner started by pan-frying them, add garlic and spring onion, then stir in arborio rice.
These cabbage rolls are a mixture of rice and beef mince wrapped in cabbage leaves and slowly cooked in a tomato sauce. This healthy and delicious dish can be frozen, just like spring rolls, and reheated later.
Yuvarlak or Youvarlakia are a kind of large meatballs in sauce. The meat mixture includes rice and are cooked in moist heat and the juices thickened with Avgolemono. They are found in Turkish and Greek cuisines.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.