Solo: Curried Bacon Risotto with Tom Fresca

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Solo: Curried Bacon Risotto with Tom Fresca

A creamy cauliflower gritsy risotto with brown lentil spiced dhal, crispy streaky bacon and a sublime cherry tomato sambal.

Ingredients to serve 1

  • 75g x Streaky Bacon
  • 45ml x DD Aromatic Base
  • 40g x Brown Lentils
  • 10ml x DD Spice Mix - dhal
  • 75g x Cherry Tomatoes - halved
  • 5g x Coriander - long or thick stems removed
  • ½ head x Cauliflower - grated or chopped coarsely
  • 100ml x Cream
  • 15g x Parmesan - grated
  • Salt and Pepper (from your pantry)
  • Olive Oil (from your pantry)


Before You Begin

Prepare your ingredients & cooking utensils: Use a chopping board and lay all the ingredients out. Take out any “Pantry Items”.

Washing Instruction

Wash your hands, cherry tomatoes and cauliflower well. Rinse your coriander thoroughly and drain on paper towel.

Gino's Tip

Grating your cauliflower into a bowl, minimizes all the mess and gets the job done so much more quickly. You want your rice to have body, so don't chop or grate too finely.

Step 1 - Lentil Dhal

Heat a medium saucepan over med-high heat, once your pan is warm, add a drizzling of olive oil the fry your DailyDish Aromatic Base off for 2-3 minutes, add your DailyDish Spice Mix and stir and cook for one minute, before adding your lentils. Now add a cup of water and bring your liquid to the boil, reducing the temperature, so that it's simmering, stir and cook until your lentils are done and your sauce has formed. This will take about 20-25 minutes - please note that you have to replenish your water, by adding a cup at a time as the lentils absorb the water. Stirring is critical to stop any singeing.

Step 2 - Cauliflower Risotto

Heat a large casserole pan over med-high heat, add a drizzling of olive oil and once your pan is hot add your cauliflower stirring and cooking for 4-5 minutes before adding your cream. Allow your cream to heat through, taste and season then mix through your grated parmesan, allow your sauce thicken lightly and remove your pan from the heat. Taste if seasoning is needed.

Step 3 - Crispy Bacon

Heat a large frying pan, add a bit of olive oil and once the pan is hot add your bacon and crisp it up for 3-4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel.


Mix your halved cherry tomatoes and picked coriander together, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Divide your cauliflower risotto amongst your servings, top with your lentil dhal, crispy bacon and tom fresca.