How to make Spanish Paella -

A delicious spanish rice preparation made out of assorted seafood, vegetables and chicken.- rice , saffron and olive oil being the main ingredients.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Paella rice (पाईला राइस), Prawns (kolambi/jhinga)

Cuisine : Spanish

Course : Rice

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Spanish Paella

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Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Spanish Paella Recipe

  • Paella rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) 20-25 medium

  • Clams 10-12

  • Olive oil 1/2 cup

  • Bay leaf 1

  • onion sliced 1 medium

  • Garlic sliced 3 cloves

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Red capsicum cut into thin strips 1 small

  • Green capsicum cut into thin strips 1 medium

  • Chicken cut into 1 inch pieces 1 cup

  • Paella masala 2 teaspoons

  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands

  • Chicken stock 3 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Green peas blanched 1/4 cup

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) boiled 5-6 to garnish

  • Clams boiled 5-6

  • Lemons cut into wedges 2


Step 1

Drain the soaked rice and set aside. Peel half the prawns and keep the rest with their heads.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a paella dish. Add bay leaf, onion and garlic and sauté till translucent. Add tomatoes, red capsicum, green capsicum and mix. Add chicken pieces, prawns with heads, mussels or clams and mix well.

Step 3

Add paella masala, saffron and mix. Add stock, salt and rice and mix again.

Step 4

Add stock cubes, peeled prawns and green peas and cook till rice is done. Garnish with boiled prawns and clams and serve hot with lemon wedges.

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