One of the most loved and famous global dishes
The Paella recipe is one of the famous and typical dishes from Valencia and Alicante area. To categorise exactly what a Paella contains is an impossible question to answer. There are now as many variations of Paella as there are cooks, with many claiming that their recipe is the best tasting or most authentic.
Paella must be the one dish that symbolises Spain. A rice dish with all its different combinations and exotic styles is now served at restaurant tables and homes throughout the world.
The home of paella is Valencia in Eastern Spain, one of the largest natural ports in the Mediterranean and also an important rice-producing, where rice has been cultivated since the Moors introduced it to Europe after the eighth century. The Spanish word for rice is arroz, which comes from the Arabic aruz.
Paella was originally farmers' and farm labourers' food, cooked by the workers over a wood fire for the lunchtime meal, and was eaten in the fields around two in the afternoon.
It was made with rice, plus whatever was to hand around the rice fields and countryside: chicken, duck, rabbit and snails, with a few beans added for flavour and texture, plus a touch of saffron for colour and aroma.
Paella was also traditionally eaten straight from the pan in which it is cooked, with each person using his own wooden spoon.
Nowadays whole families will troop off to a restaurant to eat paella, or make it at home with all those present lending a hand with the preparation.
The whole thing becomes a mixture of party, ceremony and debate, or rather, considering the volume at which it is maintained, argument between the master paella cooks who are present and who are all convinced they know best how to make it.
Once you get your hands on it, you will find that the paella recipe is very simple to follow, Give it a try!
Spanish Paella Recipe
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