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May 02, 2011

Paella de Verduras

Paella can be done in many ways including vegetarian. Get your favorite vegetables in season, some arborio rice and a good pinch of Spanish saffron and you're ready to make a fabulous meal.


I make this special paella whenever artichokes are in season and with it the usual paella vegetables like bell peppers, green beans, onions,tomatoes and peas. I added zucchini,  green unions and fava beans well.
Start with an 18"wide paella pan and sautee in olive oil the aromatic vegetables first until wilt and transparent. Peppers first then the onions followed by the tomatoes. 


Add 4 cups of arborio rice at this point, stirring it together to coat every grain with the aromatic sofrito. Then add  the rest of the vegetables. Stir for a couple of minutes and add water just enough to cover the rice. Stir in the saffron that have been ground in a wooden mortar and pestle. I usually pour a little hot water to get every bit of it. Season well with your favorite salt for the rice will absorb every flavor. 
Allow the liquid to boil and reduce until you see the rice appear cooking away. Lower the flame to minimum and cover the pan for at least 20 minutes. Do not open at this point. Just make sure the heat is evenly distributed all over the pan by rotating it around every now and to prevent scorching at the bottom. 
The rice should be perfectly cooked after 20 minutes and ready for the table.
Garnish with half a lemon and serve immediately.

Enjoy!













25 comments:

  1. Awesome step-by-step photos and the final result could not have been better.
    A very moreish dish ♥

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  2. Your paella is lovely!
    I am inspired- so this will be dinner tonight!
    My family will thank you. :)

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  3. E' favolosa... molto mediterranea come ricetta!

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  4. Pufff...pure delicious!!!

    Is a great recipe :D

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  5. the colourful meal is super and inviting

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  6. wow, how inventive and gorgeous. Pass a bowl

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  7. Pero bueeeeenoo, chico. De verdad, que paella más estupenda que has hecho. Me ha encantado el paso a paso en las fotos. Muy buena.
    Un abrazo y buena semana.

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  8. Delicious! wish could have taken out the platter from the screen..very neatly done!
    US Masala

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  9. My favourite dish. My recipe is similar to yours but somehow it does not look so artistic. You just have the touch!! Diane

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  10. Michelangelo es de las paellas que más me gustan, mi mamá hace una muy parecida. Feliz semana!

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  11. What lovely paella and look really yummy! is nice for my daugther:she is a veggi! thanks for sharing, gloria

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  12. Mouthwatering looking Paella.
    I just returned from Spain, where I had Paella almost every day ;-)

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  13. I've never seen a paella with artichokes. I've actually got a bunch of 'chokes in my fridge...and this looks really really good!

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  14. Nunca la he hecho vegetariana, se ve estupenda, me encanta la foto con el vapor, dan ganas de meter la cuchara.

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  15. bravissimo! Mi piace la tua versione vegetariana della paella! Mi copio subito la ricetta, grazie!

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  16. Bellissima ricetta, grazie ciao

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  17. Long time no see .... welcome back with your awesome paella! ... *drolling post ^_^

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  18. Une paella végétarienne. Une recette qui me plait beaucoup.
    Je note ta version.
    A très bientôt.

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  19. Amico, hai colto nel segno! Proprio in questo periodo sto mangiando tante verdure per prepararmi alla prova costume prima dell'estate :) Questa paella vegetariana è perfetta!
    Ricetta annotata.
    Ti abbraccio

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  20. I never tried vegetarian paella but I'm sure this is as delicious as it looks.

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  21. I don't know a single vegetarian (or non vegetarian) who wouldn't love this dish. Love all the vibrant colors too!

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  22. hi arthur, I first came to know about paella was thru your post on that seafood paella long time ago. then i saw several versions of paella on and off after that and all look delicious too. This one no exception, looks so delighting! if i were to make these one day, i think i will just use normal rice and probably changed a little to suit my tastebud, hope that would still be considered as paella rice!

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  23. I love that paella pan. Paella looks awesome.

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  24. Una paella de lujo con el arroz en su punto y ricas verduras

    Abrazos

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  25. Deliciosa, perfecta para quien no quiere comer carnes, mil gracias.

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