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Spanish Food Recipes

The Spanish are as passionate about their food as they are of their salsa. Who can forget the very sensual Penelope Cruz as chef par excellence in the movie ‘Woman on Top’. History of Spanish food is rather bright and colorful, but we won’t get into that for now. Spanish food is unique and unlike most European cuisine borders on the spicy end. Here is a recipe for the extremely popular ‘paella’ which can be spotted on every Spanish food menu.
Paella Valenciana-: Serves 6
Traditional Spanish food delicacy.

  • 1/3 cup of Olive oil.
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3-5tbsps minced fresh parsley
  • 4 generous pinch of saffron
  • 2tbsps of chicken bullion
  • 3 skinless chicken breasts, cut in large chunks
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 8 oz. Tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 cups of rice
  • 7 cups of water
  • ˝ to 1 lb pf shrimp (leave the shell on)
  • 1 lb scallops
  • Salt according to taste.
  • Paella pot
  • Sautee onion, garlic and parsley in olive oil in the paella pot until the onions become pink and transparent.
  • Add saffron, chicken bullion, chicken, peppers and let it cook till chicken becomes white
  • Add tomato sauce and sugar. Stir
  • Add rice and water and bring to a boil. Add salt as per taste
  • Boil for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally
  • Add shrimps and scallops and boil for another 5 minutes while stirring occasionally
  • Cover the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stir once in a while
  • If the rice seems to be getting too dry during these 10 minutes, add more water. If the rice is too wet, let the water evaporate.

Remember the soul of a paella is the rice, so add ingredients that complement the rice and not over power it. That being said, feel free to experiment with whatever fresh material available to you. You may have to try it out twice or thrice to get the recipe perfect in the end. Enjoy cooking!