Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hokkaido Pomegranate Risotto

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend. The weather in our neck of the woods has been really beautiful lately, loads of sunshine with a slight chill in the air. Perfect for long walks...

With Autumn in its full swing, one can see varieties of squash and pumpkins at the grocery store. I just couldn't stop myself from picking one up. At the store I thought I would make a Hokkaido soup, which I absolutely love. However, at the last moment, I had a change of mind and
 this delicious recipe was born. 


This risotto tasted simply awesome, with the pomegranate adding a slight sweet and fruity taste, the parmesan cheese adding on its own special flavour and obviously the hokkaido being the star ingredient. The parmesan cheese crisps (recipe here) not only makes the risotto look gourmet, but it adds crunchiness to it. 


Special thanks to my hubby, who helped me scooping out the squash and made his signature parmesan cheese crisps :-) 


Ingredients

1 - hokkaido squash, small size 
1 cup - arborio rice
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp - olive oil
1/4 cup - chives, finely chopped + to garnish
1 - onion, medium size, finely chopped
40 grams - parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
1/4 cup - pomegranate seeds + to garnish
400 ml - water (more or less)
20 grams - parmesan cheese, grated, (to make crisps, see the recipe here)
salt and pepper to taste


Method
  1. Cut the top of the hokkaido squash horizontally, scoop out the seeds and then scrape off the flesh from the squash. (I got 1 cup of flesh from a small hokkaido)
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the garlic, onions and the rice and saute for  a couple of minutes, stirring continously, on high flame.
  3. Add salt, pepper and the finely chopped hokkaido squash and mix well.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and keep adding water little by little, as it is absorbed.
  5. When the rice is cooked, add the chives, the parmesan and the pomegranate seeds, and mix well.
  6. Spoon the risotto into the hokkaido shell and garnish it with pomegranate seeds, chives and parmesan crisps and serve hot. 

Enjoy!

63 comments:

  1. Beautiful presentaion and a great recipe. Dont you add any portion of the squash to the risotto?

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  2. Hi,

    I really loved your idea!

    And the detail of the pomegrante's seeds is very charming!

    Kind regards,

    From Brazil,

    Renata

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  3. Absolutely beautiful, the recipe and the presentation :-)

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  4. Delicious risotto with great flavours

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  5. Hey Madhu,

    thanks for pointing out the omission, I've updated the recipe.

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  6. What an interesting combination. It looks lovely with the pomigranite. Mikey and I made our first risotto last week, was very yummy :)

    Rose

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  7. Stunning pictures! Love it ;D

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  8. The pictures look really tempting. I am sure the risotto taste equally good. Pomegranate makes a nice crunchy tangy addition.

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  9. Beautiful, Rachana, both risotto and clicks. I love to have squash all time.

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  10. Great recipe n a superb presentation!!!

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  11. Superb recipe with cute presentation ,very new one to me.

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  12. great presentation dear.looks yummy

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  13. looks yummy, nice presentation

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  14. Rachana, mais uma vez você conseguiu!
    Beleza e sabor!
    :o)

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  15. Absolutely delicious risotto, very stunning presentation..

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  16. Hi! very innovative risotto and very nicely presented too.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  17. Beautiul presentation, absolutely love the vibrant colours and the ingreients used:)

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  18. This looks so wonderful! I love the presentation IN the hokkaido itself and also the idea of adding pomegranate. It adds such a nice tangy sweetness.

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  19. Very interesting and outstanding recipe, looks so yum with great presentation...

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  20. What a beautiful presentation! I love hokkaido squash much better than pumpkin (and also because there is no need to peel them!!). It is a great idea to add the pomegranate seeds!

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  21. Great recipe and beautiful presentation, addition of squash and pomegranate seeds sounds great

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  22. What a wonderful looking rosito dear. You have decorated it superbly.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  23. superb clicks n nice recipe dear.....

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  24. beautiful presentation...its soo colorful and flavorful!!lovely!!

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  25. Ouah la présentation dans le légume est super originale!
    J'adore le risotto alors merci beaucoup pour cette recette bien gourmande..
    Bonne soirée!

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  26. They look stunning Rachana, loved the serving bowl how cute and risotto they are my ultimate fav will give it a shoot!

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  27. Beautiful presntation and delicious risotto.

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  28. Such an elegant presentation!! The risotto looks scrumptious-it is one of my favorite dishes :)

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  29. Yum! Pomegranate risotto sounds like a great idea! And serving it in the pumpkin is very cute.

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  30. very nice risotto and I like the idea of eating it from a pumpkin. I love vegetarian and happy to follow your blog for more vege ideas :D

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  31. Pumpkin season is upon us. What a refreshing idea to serve risotto in it. My friends will enjoy this when I serve it I'm sure. Thanks!

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  32. WOW..it is looking great and yummy..

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  33. your pictures are awesome, and you the risotto look so nice.

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  34. oh my, that looks so awesome!

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  35. Awesome recipe and fantastic presentation..

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  36. yummy presentation n awesome clicks...gr8 recipe too...

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  37. Ciao Rachana,

    me again, I would like to pass you the Versatile Blogger award, Please come to collect it here:

    http://alessandra-onlyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/11/versatile-blogger-award.html

    ciao
    Alessandra

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  38. What a nice and colorful presentation! r there any substitutes for hokkaido squash and arborio rice?

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  39. Loved the addition of pomegranate seeds and ofcourse the squash bowl!

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  40. Oh wow.. such beautiful presentation and parmesan crisps are truly yummy.

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  41. What a beautiful dish and such an elegant presentation, worthy of a starred restaurant!
    i don't remember seeing this type of squash before, but I will be looking for it from now on!

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  42. Awww...your husband is so sweet to help out. I must send my hubby to him for some cooking lesson :P Love the presentation. The risotto looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  43. Very colorfull presentation and soundes so tempting yumm..

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  44. colorful, awesome, yummy, tempting.falling short of words. hats off!!!

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  45. What a gorgeous presentation. The recipe sounds delicious as well. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  46. Such an exquisite bowl of natural, autumn goodness! That risotto sounds amazing, Rachana. Lovely job with the squash bowl.

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  47. Beautiful flavors..cute presentation!

    US Masala

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  48. Rachana..What a visual treat..Amazing presentation and clicks. Looks Tempting. Love that u have added pomegranate seeds..I just love it..Let ur hubby know he's done a great job with the squash and his cheese crisps.. Great team work..

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  49. That looks absolutely amazing!

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  50. this is new and well done!

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  51. Looks fabulous and as usual fantastic pics

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  52. Mouthwatering! And the presentation is super.

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  53. Stunning presentation and a delicious dish. I love anything that has pomegranates in it.

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  54. Brilliant idea. What a lovely and delicious dish. Oh! I feel like having it now. Wonderful presentation.

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  55. recipe is unique and the prsesentation is simply gorgeous

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  56. wow..v innovative risotto..n nice presenttaion too..frst time here..lov ur space...glad to follow u!

    http://subhieskitchen.blogspot.com/

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