A promise is a promise….My paella recipe.
Here are the instructions on how to make a traditional valencian Paella. This is my mother’s recipe, and I’ve chosen a typical paella made of meat, because it’s my favourite. However, instead of meat you can choose to cook a paella made of fish, seafood or a mix of meat and seafood.
Paella (serves 6):
- 100 grams rise for each diner
- A liter and ¾ water
- 100 ml of olive oil
- ½ chicken cut up into little chunks
- ½ rabbit cut up into little chunks
- A can crushed tomatoes. Approximately 500 g
- A red bell pepper, sliced
- A head of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of yellow food colouring or saffron
1.Cut the red bell pepper into strips. Roast them using a pan; set aside.
2.Fry the head of garlic until it's medium done; set aside.
3.Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Place chicken and rabbit pieces into oil and fry lightly until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes; set aside.
4.Fry crushed tomatoes, adding some salt. Cook for 5 minutes; set aside.
5.Boil water in a saucepan. Stir in the meat and the fried tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes until it’s well combined and the meat is well done.
6.Heat a bit olive oil in a very large pan with two handles or paella pan over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. In Spain there’s a burner specifically designed to cook paella. See it in the picture below.
7.Add all rice in one go, stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick.
8.Immediately mix in the meat and tomatoes stew. Stir it again.
9.Add yellow food colouring or saffron.
10.Taste the mixture. Depending on one's liking, add a pinch of salt if necessary.
11.Stir the mixture again to make sure it doesn’t stick.
12.Place rise to have the same thickness all around the paella pan, and put the pieces of meat well spaced (it’s a question of good appearance, because once the water has evaporated, you won’t be able to move any piece). Remember that the bigger a paella pan is, the better, since a good paella mustn't be thick.
13.Let the paella cook at a medium heat for 5 minutes.
14. Put the fried head of garlic in the middle of the paella, but if you don’t like the garlic taste, you can omit this step.
15.Decoratively place the strips of pepper into the paella (drawing a daisy shape is the most common way)
Continue cooking for 15 minutes over medium heat until the rice is done and the water has evaporated. Be careful! It’s advisable that rice isn’t over cooked. Rice, in any good paella, has to be a bit hard, or chewy, but never tender. So, you’ll have to control the water level and the tenderness of the rice. If the rice appears to be getting too dry during the last 10 minutes, add more water. If the rice is too wet at the end of the 10 minutes, uncover and evaporate unwanted liquid.
16.Put out the burner or switched off the plate if you don’t have any paella burner.
17.Cover the paella, and let it settle for 5 minutes.
18.Garnish with lemon wedges to serve.
Cooking a paella is as easy as it seems to be! Your delicious paella will be ready in no more than one and a half hour!
Probably your first paella won’t be a resounding success….but I assure you that after having cooked ten paellas you’ll become an expert Paella cook. There’re no tricks to cook a good one, just practice. So, try it over and over again and you’ll succeed in the end. Good luck!
Today is my dad’s birthday. I and my whole family have eated out to celebrate it. We have ended up in Arenales del Sol and I’ve seized the opportunity to go for a walk along the beach. As Jonathan, I love those walks. They’re so relaxing!.
Arenales del Sol is the town where my family and I spend every Summer. Actually, it’s the place where I grew up, because my granny lives there and I used to be there for the weekends. As I said before, Arenales del Sol is just 15 or 20 minutes away by car. The weather has been extremely nice today, with high temperatures. That’s why a lot of people were on the beach or walking along its promenade. Even, there were people sunbathing and taking a dip. Here are some photos that I’ve taken.
….See you tomorrow!!
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