Paella

Paella

Paella perhaps is the most popular Spanish dish, it can be categorized into 3 different types which are:


  1. Valencian Paella (“Paella Valenciana”) – made out of rice, green vegetables, meat (chicken, duck, and rabbit), snails and beans.
  2. Seafood Paella (“Paella de Marisco”) – made out of rice and mixed seafood
  3. Mixed Paella (“Paella Mixta”) – made out of rive, meat (chicken, duck, rabbit), mixed seafood and vegetables.

Paella is a Spanish word that originated from the French word “paelle” which means pan and that pan is where this dish is usually cooked. Paellera is the common name of tis pan and traditionally it is shaped round and shallow something like a wok with a flat and shallow bottom. Paella originated from the casserole rice dishes of the Moorish Spain in between the 711 to 1492 AD periods where these dishes were introduced by the Muslims where fish and spices are mixed with rice on preparation. This then started to make rice a staple dish in Spain and the birth of paella where it was customary for cooks to mix rice with vegetables, beans and baccalau (dry cod) which is popular during the Lenten Season, (time where Catholics abstain from eating meat). Then in the 18th century Valencian Paella started to take shape where every special occasion Valencians cook this dish but with Water vole meat, eel and butter beans. Then 19th century came and ingredients changed as a sign or rising living standards, so rabbit, chicken, duck and snails were introduced. Since then the dish had evolved to what is served to us now where ingredients like sausages. chorizo, bacon and mixing it with seafood.

Now for this recipe the preparation will be way much different from how it is traditionally made and will provide an easier way of preparing the dish while having the same flavours and texture of the real one. The traditional way is a trick I haven’t mastered yet where my result will either yield an under or over cooked rice that’s why in the Philippines this is uncommon except for those households who have Spanish descent (like me) and those whose ethnic groups are either Tagalog or Cebuano as the whole process of making this dish should be precise and only traditions and customs handed over yield the perfect paella. Like the Spanish this dish is enjoyed during special occasions such as fiesta’s and noche buena, like now!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Ingredients


2 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
1kg chicken legs, legs cut in half
300g medium shrimps, peeled and deveined
2 medium sized squid, sliced into rings
12 pcs green lipped mussels
2 pcs chorizo, chopped
2 red capsicums, sliced and flame roasted
pinch of saffron threads
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup seafood stock
1 cup cooked green peas
handful of parsley, finely chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
Lemon wedges
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. In a pot add chicken stock and seafood stock bring it to a boil then add the mussels, cover and cook mussels for 2 minutes or until all the shells opened. Separate stock and mussels together.
  2. Pat dry chicken with paper towel then season it with salt and pepper. In a pan add olive oil then brown chicken pieces on all sides, once done drain and set chicken aside.
  3. Add garlic and onion in the pan then sauté.
  4. Add the chorizo and continue to stir fry for 2 minutes. Remove this chorizo and onion mixture leaving the oil in the pan, set it aside.
  5. Add additional olive oil if needed then add stir fry squid and shrimps until cooked. Remove seafood then set aside.
  6. Pour rice on the pan together with the chorizo and onion mixture, stir fry to mix evenly. Pour stock together with browned chicken and saffron, give it a good mix then turn heat off.
  7. Pour rice mixture on a rice cooker put on cook function. Wait, have a drink, watch a quick TV show. Once you hear the rice cooker click and finished the cooking process remove the rice from the rice cooker (this will be al dente at this point, if you removed it a little bit longer rice would be cooked thoroughly) and transfer it into an oiled shallow pan. Fluff the rice while adding the cooked green peas and flame roasted capsicums, once rice is fully fluffed turn on heat, then add all of your cooked seafood on top of the rice. If needed pour a bit of water to add more moisture the rice.
  8. Let paella stand in medium heat until you hear some rice toasting on the bottom of the pan, that’s one of the key elements of a paella called socarrat where it is served with a toasted crust.
  9. Turn off heat, sprinkle chopped parsley on top then serve with lemon wedges.
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27 Responses

  1. Love paella – yours looks incredible.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Nice presentation, I will try this one day.
    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012, hope all your dreams and wishes come true.

  3. IamSimplyTia says:

    Is it possible to love a dish you’ve never tried? This is how I feel about paella. I have been seeing it for years and KNEW I would love it but I’ve never had it. Your photo is calling my name! I REALLY have to try it soon. My only fear is that mine will come out soggy-ish. We’ll see.

  4. That looks beautiful! A feast for the eyes and the palate … now to just find a fork 😉

  5. Kristy says:

    I cannot even describe how good this looks. I saw the picture and my mouth fell open. Merry Christmas to you too Raymund.

  6. Such an awesome dish! I love this recipe. Merry Christmas to you too.

  7. ceciliag says:

    I have always wanted to know how to make a paella I love the way the word sounds! Maybe i will start with this one, it looks rich. Hope you are having a good Christmas in good Ol NZ.. c

  8. Look fantastic. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

  9. Food Jaunts says:

    Thanks for an easier prep version of paella! The one time I tried it the rice ended up mushy so I need to give your version a shot 🙂

  10. Jay says:

    this is so tasty n really nice recipe..
    Tasty Appetite

  11. Guia Obsum says:

    Yum yum!! Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  12. I just love paella but never made it at home. Can you believe that? Well I certainly have to try this. Thanks for sharing. I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas

  13. Love 2 Type says:

    my sister’s favorite.. merry christmas by the way to you and your family… wish you good health and contentment in life…

  14. Tita Beng says:

    A very good one for the current holiday season!
    Stoppping by to greet you Merry Christmas!

  15. I’ve had lots of versions of Paella and none of them I wouldn’t try again! What a versatile and delicious dish.

  16. boogie. says:

    i wanna make this for new year’s dinner! by the way, maligayang pasko! :O)

  17. samology says:

    All 3 variations look absolutely delicious! Never had this dish before but bookmarking this now!!
    Also, Merry X’mas to youuu!!

  18. A complete and perfect meal with all those ingredients you have combined it. Merry Christmas to you and everyone at home too Raymund.

  19. That Paella is perfection! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  20. Gorgeous presentation!

  21. Betty says:

    I won a paella pan last year, but have been a bit scared to make it because it sounded so complicated. Your way seems so much easier, so I think I may give it a try. (Not with water vole though!) It sounds like a great New Year’s Eve meal to me! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  22. Buttoni says:

    Lovely presentation; gorgeous photo and this sounds absolutely divine. I’ve eaten paella several times, but haven’t made it at home. Will have to give this a try one day.

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