Saturday, October 12, 2013

Cheese, Mushrooms and Baked Rice Casserole

I bought mushrooms today. Mushrooms are like a bag of chips. As soon as you get them you have to cook them (eat them) . Haha. My sister wanted rice for dinner. So I thought lets do something with rice and mushroom. One pot meals, casseroles always makes me smile. I looked on for recipes and the one where the rice needs to be baked caught my attention. So here we go. The dish had rich flavors and a very wholesome taste.

Serves 3
Recipe Source: Chattavore's blog

1. 200 g quartered button mushrooms (You can use any kind of mushrooms and increase the amount depending on how big a fan of mushrooms you are)
2. 1 red onion
3. 1 cup white rice (Original recipe uses brown and wild rice, you can use any variety of rice which is available)
4. 3 1/2 cup + 1 cup water
5. 3 tbsp butter
6. 2 tbsp all purpose flour
7. 1 cup milk
8. 100 g grated cheese
9. coriander leaves
10. black pepper
11. salt to taste

Boil 3 1/2 cup water with 1 tbsp butter and 3/4 tsp salt. Heat the oven at 250 degrees. In a casserole put the rice and pour over the boiled water. Now cover the casserole with an aluminium foil and keep it in the oven. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the kind of rice so keep checking the rice to make sure it has sufficient water and is cooked properly. Baked rice will be very fluffy and nice.

Now melt 1 tbsp butter in a frying pan and fry the onion. When the onion becomes translucent add the mushrooms and cook till they get brown . Now add the remaining butter. You will love the hot sizzling sound from the mushrooms. Now add the flour and cook for a little more than a minute. Add the milk and 1 cup water and let the sauce thicken up. Instead of water you can use chicken or vegetable broth.  Add the grated cheese, let it melt and season with salt and black pepper.

Pour this mixture over the rice, sprinkle a few coriander leaves and cover with aluminum foil. Keep it in the over for another 20 minutes.

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Rice came out to be well cooked, fluffy and the mushrooms had a slight crunch. Coriander complimented all the other flavors. Overall a very well balanced dish. You can also serve garlic toast along with the casserole to add a crunchy texture.

Hope you enjoy the dish. Feel free to ask any queries. :)

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