Friday, November 13, 2009

Spanish Vegan Paella(Pa-YaY-Yea)

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What comes to mind when you think of Spain? Matadors, Flamenco dancers and PAELLA. Paella is a saffron-flavored dish made with rice, meat, seafood and vegetables. I have made many versions of this - with meat, seafood, both meat and seafood and just a vegetarian version. So what makes this a Vegan one? I soaked them Saffron Strands in water rather than milk. Lol. This is going as an entry to WYF:Specialty Food hosted by EC@ Simple Indian Food.

  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups, soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking
  • Vegetable Stock - 2 1/2 cups, click here for the recipe
  • Mini Bell Peppers - 6, any color, oven-roasted(optional)
  • Cubanelle Pepper - 1, oven-roasted(optional)
  • Green Sweet Pea - 1/2 cup, fresh or frozen
  • Saffron - a pinch, soaked in 3 tbsp of warm water for 30 minutes
  • Onion - 1 large, slice vertically
  • Green Hot Chilli - 4, vertically slit
  • Cracked Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt for taste
  • In a thick, deep bottomed skillet, heat the oil and add the onions. Saute until browned.
  • Add the green chilli and cracked pepper and fry it for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour the vegetable stock plus saffron soaked water and bring to a boil. Add the salt and give it a stir.
  • Drain the water completely from rice and add it to the skillet.
  • Add the roasted or freshly cut peppers(I used oven-roasted peppers for this recipe) and green peas.
  • Check for salt and cook with closed-lid for 7-8 minutes on a low-medium flame. 
  • Serve immediately. Note: Paella really stands on its own. Side-dish is Optional. 
Makes 3-4 servings.

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  1. Hey there, my first time here and just wanted to say that I really love your recipes! Definetly following you! Thanks for sharing lots of yummy recipes and pictures!

    Sanjana from KO Rasoi

  2. First time here, and I am glad I came :-)oven roasted peppers and green peas in rice..sounds yumm.Very colorful dish :-)

  3. Wow, thats inded a colorful food...looks too good, inviting:) Like your sharp pictures...awesome clicks.

  4. Thanks everybody.Your comments are truly appreciated.

  5. Hi Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and giving ur comments.Ur dish looks fab and delicious.Please do visit my blog off and on.

  6. Thank You for joining..... If u did not visit my space.... I would have been kept away from a lovely space like yours... Wonderful collection of recipes in such a short span.... & this Spanish...... dish is cooked & presented so well...


  7. Very colorful rice dear...first timehere looks so interesting will be here often.


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