Pressed for time and need to cook something quick and easy? We recommend our delicious vegan mushroom risotto made with brown rice. We used to eat risotto all the time, but that was before we went vegan. One of the main things that makes risotto so creamy is butter. Of course, nowadays you can replace pretty much any dairy with vegan equivalents. But I wanted to challenge myself and keep this recipe as healthy as possible.
Another great thing another risotto is that is normally served with chunky ingredients in it, to give it a bit of a crunch or "meaty" texture. So I figured that if I add the right type of wild mushroom it may actually create the right consistency. The cheesy part was simple to replace, we just started adding nutritional yeast to our risotto and the taste was perfect.
There was one last thing left to figure out: how can we use brown rice instead of normal arborio. Turns out, there is such thing as wholegrain arborio rice.
What is arborio rice?
Arborio is an Italian variety of rice. It's a short type of Italian rice in the species Oryza sativa japonica. Arborio is high in amylopectin starch, which is what gives risotto its creamy texture, or why can sometimes be used to replace sushi rice. Arborio rice took the name from the commune of Arborio in Italy. Arborio rice is available as brown rice although it is not as commonly used. Well, we wanted to challenge that and create a healthy, rich in good carbs risotto.
Right, the only challenge is that brown rice, in general, takes a lot longer to cook. Normal white risotto takes around 15-20 minutes whereas the brown counterpart takes double the time. So when attempting this brown rice mushroom risotto make sure you allocate about an hour for it.
What wild mushrooms to use in the brown rice risotto?
Mushrooms are incredible. Not only they are delicious but incredibly healthy. They are packed with nutrients. They have antioxidants, they are also a source of vitamin D which is pretty great. A cup of sliced, raw mushrooms, weighing around 70 grams, provides almost 1 g of fibre. Mushrooms are also pretty versatile and, if cooked well, they can be a great replacement for meat lovers. For example, in our vegan brown rice mushroom risotto, we use king trumpet mushrooms (also known as king oyster mushrooms).
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The reason why these mushrooms are great is that when sliced and cooked they have a similar consistency to that of meat. If you love scallops, when cooked the right way, these mushrooms can actually make for a great replacement.
You can use oyster mushrooms, king trumpet mushrooms or even the common brown mushroom. We don't recommend shitake mushrooms in our brown rice mushroom risotto because the taste can be a little overpowering. You can, however, add a 2-3 shitake mushrooms to the recipe for a more intense taste.
Vegan Brown Rice Mushroom Risotto
What do you need to know about our vegan brown rice mushroom risotto? That it's much easier to make than the initial look at the recipe instructions. The most important thing is to now cover your rice. The idea is that all liquids cook into the rice, then the excess evaporates. This makes your risotto taste fantastic. Covering it up at the very end makes it creamy and yum. So make sure you don't skip that step.
As for replacements, remember that you can use any type of mushrooms you wish. We do recommend dry white wine (vegan) but you can also use vermouth if you prefer. We like cooking with dry white wine as it gives the risotto a more vibrant taste, a bit fresher. If you don't drink or don't wish to add alcohol to your food, you can add stock right from the start. Although the taste will not be as deep.
We like to use a non-stick, deep frying pan for making risotto. However, you can also use a normal non-stick pan if you prefer.
Those are all our tips and comments. We made this vegan brown rice mushroom risotto with love and passion. We really do hope you love it just as much. Don't forget to let us know about it in the comments section below.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.