Saffron Risotto with Asparagus and Zucchini










This dish is a derivative of the delectable Mediterranean variety. Arborio is the standard variety of risotto found today. However, there are others available in specialty stores. We urge you to try them all. This family of rice is famous for its creamy texture and will absorb many times its weight in water and the unctuous quality can be a great comfort!

A Tip: When preparing risotto, do not wash the rice beforehand.

Serves 4 as a main course



  • 2 tablespoons Gheeimages-11
  • 1 tsp Cumin (seeds or powder)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 1/2 cups of Arborio
  • 5 1/4 cups of warm water
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 pound of asparagus (about 12 medium spears)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoningasparagus
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Fresh ground Pecorino or Parmesan cheese (optional)


Melt ghee in a medium stockpot. Bring to a medium high heat.

Sauté finely chopped onion over medium high heat until golden and add Turmeric, ginger and cumin.  Mix gently together.

Stir in the saffron and the Arborio.
Bring the water to a boil on the stove or in a kettle and set aside.
Sauté above ingredients for a few seconds, then add 1/4 cup water to slow cooking.
Add cubed zucchini and chopped asparagus, the lemon pepper and sauté lightly, mixing the contents of the pot well.images-10
Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Add remaining 2 cups of warm water, 1/4 quarter cup at a time, stirring frequently as the rice mixture absorbs the liquid. Stir in the juice of the lemon and 1/2 tsp. of salt.
The absorption time is approximately 25 minutes, which may vary slightly according to cooking temperature. After the liquid is integrated and the dish is creamy as a good risotto should be, turn off the stove and allow the dish to set covered for five minutes.
Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander. Serve with ground Pecorino or Parmesan on the side which can be sprinkled liberally over the top. Enjoy!