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Saffron Risotto with Almonds and Currants {pressure cooker, vegan}

Dreamy risotto, fragrant with bright yellow saffron spice, saffron risotto with almonds and currants is a delicious slightly exotic side dish. This recipe first appeared on Pressure Cooking Today where I’m a contributor.

Saffron Risotto with Almonds and Currants | Letty's Kitchen

I love classic risotto with its starchy creaminess and tender-firm bite. Yet, I’d always avoided risotto recipes. No matter how enticing, it seemed like too much standing at the stove was involved.

Guess what? Italian Arborio rice cooked in the pressure cooker has the same creamy risotto quality it has when cooked traditionally! No difference. What once seemed so daunting and time-consuming has become my easy and quick way to cook this special rice.
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In Italian cuisine, saffron-tinged risotto is fairly common. But this saffron risotto with almonds and currants has an Indian flair, with a hint of sweetness that goes great with Indian curry dishes. Serve with a cooling tangy cucumber yogurt salad, and your favorite chutney for a glamorous yet simple meal.

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice. Handpicking and drying saffron is extremely labor intensive, and it takes approximately 14,000 tiny flower stigmas to yield an ounce of the pungent gold.

Not to worry–it takes very little saffron to turn classic creamy risotto into this comforting, aromatic, and colorful risotto with almonds and currants. Just say yum and pull out the pressure cooker.

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Saffron Risotto with Almonds and Currants recipe notes:

  • Pressure-cooked risotto with vegetables is one of our favorite weeknight dinners. For example, this recipe for bok choy risotto.
  • Switch it up: Make saffron risotto alla Milanese. This classic Italian dish includes bacon and Parmesan cheese and is usually made with chicken stock, but since I’m vegetarian, I just skip the meat and use veggie broth instead.
  • For quick and easy broth, mix powdered vegetable broth with hot water.
  • You can also make risotto the old-school way, stirring and adding broth ½ cup at a time. But I’m saying, once you’ve used a pressure cooker for risotto, you’ll never go back.
  • I own 2 stovetop pressure cookers and an electric Instant Pot. I’m so happy the Instant Pot has introduced so many cooks to the wonders of pressure cooking!

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