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Paella

The most flavourful rice dish

The paella is the best-known Spanish dish. It is a rice preparation with many other ingredients that vary depending on the season and on their availability. It has become a festive dish that often contains seafood, chicken and chorizo, but you will also find versions with cuttlefish ink, with snails, with rabbit, etc. In my family it is one of our favorite dishes.

The most important element of the dish is rice, it will concentrate all the tastes of the other ingredients. I recommend using medium / long grain rice that does not stick and has a cooking time of at least 20 minutes. Fragrant Thai, glutinous or basmati rices are not suitable. The rice for risotto whose cooking is very fast should not be used as well. Olive oil is very important because it highlight all the other flavors. Mussels and shrimps bring so much taste as long as the rice will cook in their juice. In the Valencian tradition, the saffron gives the golden yellow color and a slight flavor to the rice, but this spice being the most expensive in the world, it is little used and to give the yellow color it is very common to add food coloring. But the most important to give taste to the paella remains the ingredients: mussels, shrimp, chorizo, chicken, cuttlefish and their juice in which the rice cooks.

During the preparation you will closely watch the fire and the quantity of water, the rice must be cooked without ever attaching to the bottom of the pan. Each guest will add a few drops of lemon juice on his plate. The fans of chili will accompany the paella with fresh Thai hot chili peppers. Bon appétit.

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Ingredients for 10/12 people

  • 1 chicken
  • 2kg mussels
  • 400g cuttlefish or squid
  • 500g shrimp + 800ml water
  • 350g chorizos
  • 1kg rice (at least 20 minutes cooking)
  • 1.8L water
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 100g green peas
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 300g onions
  • 50g garlic cloves
  • 40g parsley
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 500ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon
  • Yellow food coloring or saffron (optional)


  • Paella with chicken, chorizo and seafoods
     
    Paella with chicken, chorizo and seafoods
  • Paella ingredients
    Paella ingredients
  • Spanish food coloring often used in paellas as a replacement of saffron
    Spanish food coloring often used in paellas as a replacement of saffron
  • Chorizos from Spain
    Chorizos from Spain
  • Paella
  • Paella



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