Paella Primavera

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Paella Primavera
Paella Primavera

A paella? I thought that too although I knew it was a “famous” spanish dish and I sensed it was pretty “fishy” – So I never bothered to venture into that area at all – Until I got a recipe from Vegetarian the magazine and I must tell you, this was an extreme surprise and an uncontrollable delight – It was a veggie version of the Paella – that’s right folks, no squid, octopus or any other sea creature in it – my heart danced, really – and i was thinking if I am describing this dish to a person who has no clue what a paella is, what would I equate it to? In Indian terms, I would say a flavorful biryani or pulao/pilaf –

We all know Spain is the capitol of Saffron, that exclusive and amazing spice which we Indians have verily adopted into our cuisine – Or perhaps Saffron has also been a spice that was used widely in India – whatever the case, it is in fact the essence of this flavorful rice dish.  As my luck would have it, my beautiful onion chives have these violet blossoms on them right now. Not too long ago, I read that these blossoms can be used as a pretty and edible garnish – And this is exactly what I did. I LOVED the colors of the paella and cannot wait to make it again, when my family visits me – MIGHT I ADD That the flowers carry the same fragrance as the onion and have the same sharp, glorious sting on the palate that the onion has!
It will be my “showoff” dish for sure :)
Here is the recipe
Ingredients
 
2 cups of broccoli florets
1 diced zucchini
1/2 red onion finely chopped (optional)
1/2 each of orange and yellow peppers (you can sub with red and green too)
1 cup of spanish rice (I subbed with basmati) essentially, you need a short grain white rice.
1.5 tsp of crushed saffron
10 green olives, pitted and chopped
10 red olives, pitted and chopped
cherry tomatoes (about 10 if available) OR
2 finely chopped romas
3 big cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of finely chopped onion chives
2 tsp of olive oil
2 tsp parsely
1 tsp of patatas bravas mix or essentially paprika (cannot help it – need a bit of spice)
salt and pepper after cooking and before serving
Water – about a cup (use discretion as different rice cook differently)
Preparation

In a wide mouthed pan (banali) which is the traditional utensil to cook a paella in,  add the oil, onion, broccoli, garlic, Zucchini and peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes – At this time throw in half the parsley too.Add 3/4 cup of water along with the washed riceTo this, add the saffron and allow to cook covered on medium low flame for 10 minutesAdd the olives, chives and tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes covered.Remove from flame. Transfer into a serving dish  and garnish with the remainder of parsley, salt, pepper and onion flowers if you can find them :)

Congratulations! you’ve just made yourself a fine Spanish dish :) PLEASE try it and let me know!
Thought for the Day – Keep expanding your horizons whether in your culinary department of any other.
Love until the next post
Skills

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April 26, 2012

26 Comments

  1. veg paella is somethg I've been meaning to try after I saw it in my sis's blog- this one looks yum; the blossoms really add colour and spunk- the dish looks truly G.O.U.R.M.E.T
    More than the dish Priya, I want to visit your garden- it looks divine

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  2. The paella looks very yummy Priya. Loved the colourful ingredients :)

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  3. Looks very good!

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  4. Priya, that was a great dish and thnkx 4 introducing this fabulous dish…………..awesome….

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  5. wow this is awesome and lovely recipe with flowers…yum yum..very inviting…

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  6. What a beautiful dish, love those purple blossoms, will try this and let you know..

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  7. beautiful recipe and such pretty garnish. somewhere saw these flowers with stems being fried in tempura batter. try if time permits.

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  8. Looks very beautiful. I was told that saffron was initially used in India in the place of flowers as offerings and then it got so expensive that they added it to parasadham which was also a form of offering. Interesting fact isn't it.

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  9. Wow this looks os good,love the purple flowers too:)will follow your blog, do join my blog .spicenflavors

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  10. Never had vegetarian paella,sounds interesting with those veggies..

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  11. There are infinite variations to the paella, love your version. Wholesome and filling..!

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  12. luv the paella. the chive blossoms look gorgeous, this is the first time i am seeing them, i had no idea they were purple :) awesome!!

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  13. Never knew these were edible .. looks nice.

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  14. A very new and delicious recipe…the flowers add a nice color to the dish

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  15. I make this Paella and I love them. Yours look totally awesome and with the beautiful purple blossoms.

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  16. Looks really mouth watering! Awesome pics :)

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  17. Delicious Pallela I need to try this one.

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  18. Your paella is a healthy version, instead of using seafood, your concentration is vegetable that is clever, I love to try this one too.
    eRecipe.com

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  19. What an exotic & attractive presentation. I am sure it tastes as delicious as it looks !

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  20. What a great dish, plenty of colours, lots of lovely ingredients and surely very tasty. Well done for being so creative!

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  21. So colorful and innovative!

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  22. I agree it is a show off dish – fantastic recipe !!

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