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A fusion between Italian and Filipino, Kalamansi Coconut Risotto is a creamy rice dish I like to refer as “the ultimate comfort food”. It calls for simple cooking steps yet results in complex flavors that gradually reveal in every bite.
Risotto is traditionally Italian but the Kalamansi citrus and the Coconut make it Filipino. I’m glad I decided to go with it for the Citrus bloghop instead of my original Adobo idea.
The fusion risotto idea was a product of brainstorming at the grocery store. With two days left before the launch of the blog hop, I headed to the store and walked from aisle to aisle looking for inspiration. I had to phone my boyfriend, Chris who joined me leading one idea to another until we landed a final winning decision.
By the way, Kalamansi or Calamansi or Calamondin, is a citrus fruit that tastes sour like lemons but has the zest of mandarin oranges. It is usually found in the Philippines but can also easily grow in California. My sister in SoCal harvested about two bags-in the middle of winter! Asian grocery stores may carry Kalamansi depending on the season. I got lucky my sister brought those two bags with her when she visited us for the holidays.
One important note: Cooking risotto takes easy steps but constant stirring of the rice is required.
Here’s how to make it:
The coconut milk produces a rich creamy flavor that cancels out the need for Parmesan cheese.
I’m proud to say that not only I successfully veganized this Italian favorite, I’ve also added a Filipino touch. Enjoy and happy cooking!
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