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can you substitute arborio rice for paella rice?

(7 Posts)
CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 22-Oct-12 14:15:53

the local supermarket only sells the latter, so it's either make do, or schlep over to Big Sainsburys.

Mintyy Mon 22-Oct-12 14:18:10

I actually prefer to make paella with normal long grain rice. I find all the short grain rices a bit too gloopy, unless for proper risotto or rice pudding.

somebloke123 Mon 22-Oct-12 14:19:31

I actually do use arborio rice and it's fine.

MamaGeekChic Mon 22-Oct-12 14:22:05

What are you trying to make? Risotto? I'm assuming as you say they sell the latter that you can get paella but not arborio?

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 22-Oct-12 14:46:57

argh - meant the former grin
<no sleep>
i prefer the slightly softer, denser texture of paella rice rather than long grain in paella, but wasn't sure if arborio would make it too creamy/stodgy?

Trills Mon 22-Oct-12 14:48:10

I would use risotto rice to make a paella.

Not sure if I would use paella rice to make a risotto.

milkyjo Mon 22-Oct-12 15:07:27

I use paella rice from Spain (PIL bring it over) for risotto, I'm a bigger fan of risotto than paella though. I have never tried to make paella from arborio rice so I'm no help really, and I would use the real thing if I was to make it.

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