Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 35 mins
Availability: Need any risotto rice which you can get easily from Nature’s Basket
- Taste Palate:Light and Refreshing, less spicy
- Ambiance: A hearty Meal with family on your dining table
- Music: Some Jazz or Blues in the background to help keep the conversations flowing
- 1 cup, Arborio Rice (Risotto Rice)
- 2 cups, Chicken broth or Seafood broth (or mix equal quantities of both)
- 1 pinch of saffron
- 400 gm mix of different seafood. I used king prawns and Sea bass. Must use mussels if you get them. dice them in small cubes
- 1 cup of fresh green peas (you can use frozen too)
- 2 Onions, finely chopped
- 3 bulbs of Garlic, bashed and diced
- 1 capsicum/bell pepper, diced in small cubes
- ½ tsp, cayenne pepper powder
- 1 tsp, smoked pepper powder
- 1 tsp, sweet paprika powder
- 1 tsp, salt
- A handful of parsley or coriander leaves, diced
- 1 lemon, quartered,
- 1 lemon, halved
- 2 tbsp, Olive Oil
- Keep hot broth ready on the side and add the saffron. Let it infuse in the hot broth
- In a hot paella pan or iron skillet, add the oil, garlic and onions.
- Saute the onions till they turn translucent pink
- Then add all the peppers – capsicum and the 3 pepper powder. You can add some diced chorizo as well if you have them at home.
- Add the rice and stir in the broth
- Add salt, mix well and put a lid on the skillet for 20 mins. Don’t stir the rice during this at all, as you want to form a nice crustation at the bottom. The proof of a Paella lies in this crustation
- Now, open the lid and spread the seafood that you have over rice evenly. Put the lid back on and cook for another 10 mins. If you see that the rice is drying up, add a quarter cup of broth. Unlike a risotto, the rice needs to be slightly overcooked for this dish
- Take the pan off the heat
To serve, squeeze the halved lemon all over the rice, sprinkle the parsley or coriander leaves generously and decorate the quartered lemons on top
- Serve the paella in the skillet itself at the centre of the table. Its looks spectacular to serve food looking hearty and happy like that.
- Make sure that you squeeze some more lime while having the Paella.
Food Marriage Tips:
- Most Mediterranean food requires Olive Oil. Don’t compromise on it
- Lemon and Seafood – match made in heaven. Always keep lemon slices that you can squeeze on top while eating any seafood.
- Using chicken broth for cooking rice makes the rice more flavoursome. When I don’t have fresh broth I use chicken cubes. Not ideal, but then the girl’s gotta eat. It is still better than using water.
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