Saturday, October 23, 2010

World Classics : PAELLA

The globally popular Spanish Rice - PAELLA

For PAELLA you will need:

1 cup prawns (cleaned)
1 cup mussels (cleaned-keeping a few with shells)
6 jumbo prawns (washed,boiled, and kept whole)
3 cups chicken pieces (boneless)
1 cup calamari (squid) (in Indian bazar it is known as - Makla)
6 crabs (washed, boiled and kept whole)
4 tbspns butter
2 tbspns oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped capsicum (cut in strips)
2 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (blanched tomatoes)
1 cup green peas
10 cloves of garlic
400 gms long grained rice (washed and drained)
6-8 cups chicken stock
4 tbspns red chilly powder
2 tbspns lemon juice
Salt to taste
Saffron to give the color n true spanish flavor


In a big vessel (preferably biryani vessel), heat butter and oil and saute the onions, some garlic, capsicums, tomatoes adding a little salt and the red chilly powder.

Meanwhile marinate the chicken with some garlic and oil for 5-10mins and add to the onion, tomatoes cooking.

Fry nicely for 15-20 mins.

Now, mix saffron with a drop of oil and add it to the onion, tomatoes cooking.

Meanwhile marinate the prawns & calamari with some garlic and lemon juice for 5-10mins.

Now, add rice, marinated prawns,calamari and give it a nice stir.

Now add the chicken stock and then the green peas.

Let it cook on medium flame till all the stock has been absorbed and the rice is fluffy.

Serve hot garnished with whole jumbo prawns and crabs.

(For bringing flavor to the boiled jumbo prawns and crabs add these things to it while boiling - salt, lime juice, garlic, small cinnamon stick)

Enjoy your paella with some Spanish music!!!

Amrutha Langs

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