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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Off the shelf
Arborio rice can absorb many flavors

Arborio rice is a northern Italian rice that can absorb a lot of liquid, usually four times as much as there is rice.

Gregory Yamamoto • The Advertiser

Arborio rice is a medium-grain northern Italian rice that's translucent with a white dot in the center of the grain.

This rice variety can absorb a lot of liquid — usually four to five times as much liquid as there is rice. And it can absorb flavors, too, making it ideal for the preparation of risotto, the creamy Italian rice dish.

To cook this rice, saute a half-cup in a tablespoon or two of butter or olive oil. When the grains are well coated and slightly golden, add a cup of hot seasoned broth.

Stir and cook until liquid is absorbed. Continue to add broth a half-cup at a time, stirring and cooking as liquid is absorbed.

When the grains are tender but still firm, add sauteed mushrooms, vegetables, cheese or other ingredients.

Finish with a little butter and cream.

Serve immediately with grated Parmigiano Reggiano.