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can i do anything other than paella with paella rice?

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lucysmam Thu 18-Apr-13 10:01:00

dp picked it up instead of risotto rice last time he did the shopping and it's been sat in the cupboard since then smile

alterego2 Thu 18-Apr-13 10:04:05

You can make risotto with it - it works fine - I've done it before now.

MasterOfTheYoniverse Thu 18-Apr-13 10:08:08

Why not make simple paella then? Its dead easy!
Make the soffrito (fry Diced onion/garlic/paprika in olive oil)
Add chicken bits and rice and stir to cover in oil.
Add diced tomato/ saffron and frozen peas
Cover with stock and simmer 20mn
Leave to stand covered with cloth 10mn

The only difference with risotto is that you dont stir constantly.

Works really well as a rice pudding. With lemon zest and a cinamon stick for a spanish flavor.

lucysmam Thu 18-Apr-13 10:08:20

funnily enough we're having risotto tonight. had i known that i wouldn't have bought risotto rice for it!!

lucysmam Thu 18-Apr-13 10:09:53

oooh Master that sounds fab, will try that out instead of the risotto tonight maybe.

tyvm smile

MasterOfTheYoniverse Thu 18-Apr-13 10:27:59

Pressure! Hope you like it.


Dont let the soffritto go brown, just softened and keep the fire low.
Medium heat when you fry the chicken
Full blast when you add the wet ingredient. As soon as you get a little boil going, switch to medium low untill the end.

Measure rice and add double the amount of stock exactly. Dont be tempted to add more. If it looks all absorbed after 10mn swith to lowest setting anc cover with a tea towel between the pan and lid for for another 5mn then switch off and leave to rest.

My spanish grandma would also adbise you to be generous with the olive oil as it helps form a crunchy goey crust at the bottom of the pan.
Now if you have a couple of prawns and a sliced red or yellow pepper to add on top, all the better.

lucysmam Thu 18-Apr-13 12:53:12

that's brill, all gone in my stripey red book so i don't forget any of it!!

there's definately some prawns about but used the last pepper last night.....although i sent dp to asda at least an hour ago and he hasn't got there yet so he can pick one up grin

HappyGirlNow Thu 18-Apr-13 20:30:45

Rice pudding... Mmm....

lucysmam Sat 20-Apr-13 09:48:08

Master would chicken breast pieces work in the recipe if i cook them through first? smile

MasterOfTheYoniverse Sat 20-Apr-13 17:22:19

Yes definitely.
Of course thighs with a little fat would add depth to the flavor but anything that makes life easier works just as well in my book.

lucysmam Sat 20-Apr-13 20:44:25

breasts are all i've got in at the mo is all.....we're giving it a whirl on monday evening after ballet for dd1 smile

JamNan Sun 21-Apr-13 11:22:33

Yotam's veg paella is seriously gorgeous. recipe here

lucysmam Sun 21-Apr-13 12:22:56

brill tyvm, we'll try that the week after smile

MasterOfTheYoniverse Sun 21-Apr-13 12:34:51

Mmmmmm. Definitely use that spice blend if you have them. Did not want to overwhelm you!
I love Yotam!!!
smoked paprika imho makes a huge difference in taste but dont fret if dont have it.

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