Barley Risotto with Lamb & Mushroom

Rich with tender lamb and meaty mushrooms, this barley risotto will have you in wonders!

Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Serves: 4

Recipe Ingredients:
500g boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of visible fat and cut into ½ - pieces
Salt to taste
1/2tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 cup chopped yellow onion
250g sliced Button mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced fresh rosemary, divided
1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
3 cups chicken broth
½ cup balsamic vinegar
50g Parmesan cheese, grated
2tsp lemon zest
3 cups baby spinach
2tbsp refined vegetable oil
Recipe Method:
Season lamb with salt and pepper and set aside for 15-20 minutes .Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium and add the oil. Sear the lamb, turning once for 1 to 2 minute per side or until just brown. Remove. To the same pan, add onion and mushrooms and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium –low. Add garlic and 1 tbsp rosemary and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir the lamb, barley and broth into the pan. Cover and cook on low for2 hours or until the barley is tender and liquid is absorbed .
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil on medium – high heat. Boil steadily for 5 minute, until reduce by about two –thirds. Transfer to small bowl and set a side at room temperature until ready to serve. Add parmesan to the pan and stir until melted. Stir in remaining 1tsp rosemary and lemon zest. Fold in spinach until just wilted. Spoon onto serving dishes and drizzle with balsamic reduction, evenly.




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Life always gives big opportunities in the form of small hints. The big move in Pankaj Bhadouria’s life came with a small step when she decided to leave her successful teaching career spanning over 16 years and enter India's 1st televised cookery reality show - MasterChef India on the leading GEC - Star Plus. And as they say, fortune favours the brave, Pankaj went on to become a worthy winner and with it India's first ever MasterChef. The comfort of the classroom gave way to the adulations, accolades and a host of achievements. Pankaj hosted her first cookery show - "Chef Pankaj ka Zayka" on Star Plus during Sep-Oct 2011 where she showcased her passion for cooking. The success of this daily show added another flavor to her sweet success.

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