Vegan Sweet Potato Risotto

Zero degrees outside, Risotto anyone? Mmmmm YES, please!

Risotto is my ultimate comfort food when it is chilly outside. I love this specific recipe that I have been experimenting with because it is one that does not leave you feeling too full or heavy, as most risotto dishes do. I use pearl barley instead of arborio rice which is a large contributing factor to this lighter feeling. The sweet potato puree, that is generously added to the risotto, gives it a unique & delicious earthy sweetness.

Also, if you love garlic, my coriander topping sauce will have you frothing! Give it a try.

Ingredients:

The Risotto

    • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled & diced
    • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 cups vegetable stock
    • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
    • 1-1/2 cups pearl barley
    • 1/2 an avocado, cubed for the topping
    • a few slices of a red chilli for topping

The Coriander Sauce

    • 1 garlic clove, peeled & chopped
    • Handful of coriander
    • Handful of spinach
    •  50ml Coconut water
    • 1 tablespoon coconut yoghurt
    • Salt & pepper
    • 1/2 a chopped green chilli
    • A glug of olive oil
    • The juice of 1/2 a lime

 Method:

The Risotto

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Start by cooking the pearl barley according to the package instructions. This should take between 30 – 45 minutes.
  2.  Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them roughly into cubes and place them on a baking tray. Sprinkle them with the olive oil, thyme and salt. Roast them for about 20 – 25 minutes until they are soft.
  3. Put the sweet potato cubes into a food processor or blender. Add the coconut cream & pepper – Add some if the lime juice if you need more liquid. This should end up being a smooth sweet potato puree.
  4. Now drain the rice and pour it into a large bowl. Combine it with the sweet potato puree and mix everything until the rice is completely covered.
  5. Cube the avocado & chop the red chilli – Set aside to top & garnish

The Coriander Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients together in a blender. Wizz this up until it is smooth & beautifully green in colour.

Plate up & enjoy!

 

 

 

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