LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS DELICIOUS DISH
The Paella dish is original from the mediterranean coast of Spain.
It takes the name after the pan that it is used to cook it. A large flat round pan with two handles. The same way theWok takes its name after the utensil.
There is no such a thing as "the real one" although almost every town along the coast of Valencia and Alicante like to call it of its own. In fact, almost every family has its "family touch", the use of so many different ingredients has made it a very popular dish.
So, which one is the original?
The most famous one is the "Paella valenciana" (from the region of Valencia). Since there wasn't a certified recipe and there were so many variations, around 2003 the authorities of Valencia along with some of the best cooks of the region, decided to do a deep research on what all recipes had in common and also what ingredients seemed to come from ancient times. The result was that these 10 ingredients couldn't be missed:
- Olive oil
- "ferraura" (bajoqueta) (a kind of green bean)
- "garrofón" (phaseolus lunatus) (a kind of legume close to a bean)
So, nowadays, there is an official certification for the one from Valencia.
But this only applies to the dish of that specific region while in others the variations are endless.
Nevertheless, there are some basics you can't miss:
- Olive oil
- Round short rice
You can vary the kind of meat you put in it and so the veggies.
By the way, if you happen to have a bbq, try to cook it over it...the best flavor ever.Nothing to do with the one over the stove.