Chef Camille Becerra poaches her eggs in a deep pot because they take on a teardrop shape when they plunge into the water. She uses mixes of grains, vegetables, and greens when serving this bowl at Navy, but you can use just one variety of each component. (It's a great way to use leftovers.) She also varies the savory yogurt, swapping out the sumac used here with a mix of mild spices or herbs, such as fresh dill or flat-leaf parsley, ground fennel or coriander seed, or a combination.
How does risotto differ from a plain bowl of rice? Let us count the ways. We begin with a special variety of rice (Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano) with a starchy outer layer that is especially adept at absorbing sauces. The rice also releases some of its starch into the cooking liquid, giving the dish a velvety texture. The gradual addition of broth as the rice cooks, plus plenty of butter and cheese, dial up risotto's lusciousness.