There are various type of Paella; yet in every paella, Saffron is the common spice in them. Due to its extremely labor-intensive crop, Saffron is not friendly and very difficult to get.
I was lucky enough to get some inspiration from a friend in Spain. He offered me some recommendations to make a simple, budget friendly and yet delicious paella.
Yield : 3-4 people
Time : 45 minutes
- 10-15 medium shrimps
- 10-12 pieces of chicken meatball (You can add more if you like.)
- 1/2 of paprika or bell peppers
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium size tomato
- 3 cups of uncooked rice
- Turmeric powder (~2 tsp will be sufficient)
- Black pepper
- Salt Tomato sauce (1 tbsp)
- Olive oil
- Mince all the vegetables.
- Put some olive oil. Sauté shrimps until half red. Remove them from the pan.
- With the same pan, sauté the garlic and onions until fragrant.
- Add in the bell peppers and diced tomato.
- After a minute or two, put the rice (pre-washed) into the pan and stir fry for a while.
- Add the seasonings (except rosemary) into the rice and mix them well.
- Add water until the water level covers your mixture.
Note : Or you can use broth if you want it to be more flavorful
- Bring it to boil with the lid on it. Then, add in the shrimps and mix them.
- Cover it again with medium/low heat and simmer for another 20-30 minutes until the rice is fully cooked.
Note: you may have to add water since the rice will absorb the water.
- Once cooked, you can add in the meatballs and simmer for another 10 minutes. If you pre-cooked your meatballs, the time may be shortened.
- Sprinkle with some rosemary and it is all ready to be served!