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Today paella is the most famous symbol of Spanish cuisine and is known all over the world. This dish, which is cooked on the basis of rice with the addition of meat (sometimes fish or seafood) and vegetables, has won many gourmets.
Here is the traditional Paella Valenciana recipe.
- 500 gr Bomba rice (you can use any other short-grain rice)
- 350 gr Rabbit meat
- 700 gr Chicken meat
- 150 gr Lima beans
- 300 gr Green beans
- 150 gr Grated tomatoes
- 150 gr Extra virgin olive oil
- Chicken stock or water (must be double than rice)
- Smoked pepper
- Rosemary to taste
The cooking process:
- First you need to heat the pan (la paella), add the olive oil into it, heat it up and then add the pieces of meat. Season them with salt and fry until golden brown.
- Add the beans to the pan and fry them with the meat a few minutes. Then add the grated tomatoes, mix it all and fry during other 3-5 minutes.
- Then add the stock or water and wait until it starts to boil.
- Now it is time to add rice, saffron and some smoked paprika evenly throughout the paella. It is very important that the fire is strong at this point.
- Cook the paella over high heat for 10 minutes, and then another 6-8 over low heat, then all the water will boil away and the rice will be dry.
- Then remove the paella from heat and let it stand for a few minutes to let it form the “socarrat” (he most delicious burnt and crunchy part)!
- Sprinkle the paella with lemon if desired and … ENJOY IT!
Paella is cooked in iron pans (paellas or paelleras) with a large diameter and a very flat bottom, which will allow the rice to cook evenly.
In Spain, paella is no longer considered as an exquisite dish, but for so many centuries it has occupied an important place not only in Spanish gastronomy, but also in its culture and traditions. For example, every Sunday the Spaniards gather for lunch with the whole family to cook and eat paella together.
So, what … do you dare to cook it on a Sunday for your loved ones? 😊
Some facts about paella:
1. Paella is so popular all over the world that there is even International Paella Day – March 27th!
2. According to old traditions, paella is eaten with spoons straight from the pan, starting from the side and making a triangle to the middle.
3. Did you know that Apple created a paella emoji that featured peas and shrimp, which does not fit the traditional recipe? This created such a commotion that Apple had to redraw the picture!
4. It is the most searched Spanish dish on the internet and the fourth in the world, behind pizza, sushi and risotto.
5. Remember the main rule, in Spain they never eat paella for dinner!
What about paella’s origin?
Firstly, history tells us that the paella dish first appeared in the 15-16th century, in the Spanish province of Valencia, near Lake Albufera, which was surrounded by small countryside and wetlands in which rice was cultivated for many years. The people who lived in these villages and worked in the fields were looking for an opportunity to prepare an easy dish from the products that were available to them: rice, chickens, wild rabbits, vegetables, and sometimes snails. This is how they created the paella recipe.
There are also some interesting theories about the formation of the name of this dish. The first one says that the name “paella” came from the Latin word “patella”, which means “pan”. The second theory, more romantic, tells us that once a man cooked this dish for his beloved in order to earn her favour and called it “paella” as in Spanish “pa ella” means “for her”. Which theory you will stay with? 😊
Nowadays there are quite a few paella recipes, it is prepared with meat or seafood, cuttlefish ink or caramelized onions are added, but despite this, the most traditional and first paella recipe was carefully documented back in the 18th century and to this day Valencians are proud of it and they strictly adhere to it.