Mushroom Asparagus Risotto And The Lunchbox movie review

mushroom asparagus risottoToday I’m writing about a movie that not only touched my heart but also made me look at things from a different prospective. You know I love horror movies but this is not a horror movie…so please keep on reading.

“The Lunchbox” is an Indian movie released this year, 2013. I can’t compare it to any movie I saw recently since this particular movie brought life back to life.

 Irrfan Khan played the role of a middle-aged accountant, who one day got someone else’s lunchbox by mistake. Eventually, he and the woman who prepared that lunchbox (played by Nimrat Kaur) started exchanging notes through the lunchbox. Slowly they got closer even though they never met in person. Irrfan Khan is my favorite actor, he has the ability to bring every character he plays to life. His facial expressions communicate the right feeling at the right scene and moment. In this movie, he showed us that life can be enjoyed no matter who you are and what you do.


Nimrat Kaur, plays the role of a housewife whose world revolved around her daughter and husband. She’s not happily married and her life have turned into a dull routine. Her expression is what can be seen easily these days on most women’s faces, be it in malls, schools, and maybe in the mirror, a woman who expects nothing magical to take place in her life anymore.

However, those exchanged notes have made her realize that happiness is always there but she had to take the initiative to grab it. Nimrat played this role realistically.

Then there’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui. His portrayal of Sheikh, the simple, orphaned man eager to please and willing to work hard to improve himself showcased his talent to morph and adjust to the character he was depicting. He made the perfect accompaniment to Irrfan’s character; noticeable in a subtle way. Watch Siddiqui in Aatma (horror movie) you’ll notice his unique presence.

The writer/director Ritesh Batra made the intelligent decision of letting us (the audience) decide on how the ending should be.

Initially I wanted to make a lunchbox to go with the movie’s theme, instead I settled on sharing the dish I would cook for Irrfan Khan if I ever got the chance. Nothing more sophisticated than an Italian delight “Risotto”. Keeping in mind that he’s an actor and might be looking after his diet, I made this dish light on the calorie side without compromising the flavors.

 So Mr. Irrfan, today I dedicate this silky, luscious dish to you and hope you like it 🙂

mushroom asparagus risotto 1 Creamy, filling, and tasty, but best of all low in calories. Making traditional risotto consumes time, but you wouldn’t mind it since the outcome will just mesmerize you.

mushroom risotto 3 My version has no wine, so everyone can enjoy it even kids.

Mushroom asparagus risotto

Serves 2. One serving is 300 calories.


1/4 cup asparagus                   

2 large white mushroom                     

1/2 cup Arborio rice               

1/2 onion chopped                 

1 cube bouillon (low sodium)                        

6 cups water

2 teaspoon butter                   

2 teaspoon olive oil                


Black pepper

– Add the bouillon to 6 cups of water, let it boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer.

– In a pan, add the butter and oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent.

– Add the mushroom and cook for 3 minutes.

– Add the rice and stir for a minute or two.

– Add half a cup from the previously prepared stock, to the rice and stir on medium heat.

– When the water is about to evaporates add another half cup. Keep doing so until you’re left with one cup.

– Add the asparagus and stir, keep adding the stock.

– This will take around 30 minutes.

– Serve immediately.    


  • [email protected] Chef

    25/12/2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love risotto all the way and posted few of it’s variants in my blog too…
    i think i’ll love your conforting mushrooms and asparagus risotto too!
    btw, i also a fans of foody themed movies too (especially when it’s a romance)

    • munatycooking

      26/12/2013 at 4:29 am

      Thanks for your kind comment, I love food themed movies too, they are rare but I find them really interesting, maybe because I’m a foodie 🙂 … I hope you enjoy this dish.

  • Manu

    28/12/2013 at 6:11 am

    I love Bollywood… I haven’t seen The Lunchbox yet. but it is in my “to watch list”, and even more so after reading your review… Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are great actors, love them both! And what can I say about the recipe?? I am a huge fan of risotto and yours looks perfect! 🙂

    • munatycooking

      28/12/2013 at 6:42 am

      Hi Manu, thanks for your comment and I hope U enjoy watching The Lunchbox as much as I did or more 🙂 …. I’m a big fan of risotto too and look forward to trying some of your recipes!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    17/01/2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love mushroom and I love risotto. I’d love to make this as soon as I get a chance! And thanks for the movie review – love learning about a new movie. I don’t have time to watch many movies like I used to before (thanks to blogging!), but I will put in my Netflix que! 🙂

    • munatycooking

      20/01/2014 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Danyella, Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment. I never cook with wine nor drink it, but from the recipes I read, they add wine to risotto before the stock. Hope this helped 🙂


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