How to make Classic Seafood Paella -

A classic Italian dish cooked with prawns, clams and small fish.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sirf 30 minute.

Main Ingredients : Prawns (प्रॉन/कोलम्बी/झींगा), Tomato (टमाटर)

Cuisine : Spanish

Course : Main Course Seafood

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Classic Seafood Paella

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Spanish cuisine is the result of a great variety of cooking cultures that have been living together in Spain.  The different climates and ways of life of each region to have played their role.  Some of the main ingredients that make up Spanish food are vegetables, meat and fish. 
Over the centuries Spain has been invaded by Romans, French, Moors, Phoenicians who introduced new cooking styles and ingredients in the Spanish cuisine, but the Spanish food is also influenced by other cultures. Spaniards were the main colonizers of America, Columbus was Spanish!  
The discovery of the New World brought new essential ingredients to the Mediterranean gastronomy like tomato, potato, chocolate that are now commonly used in a lot of Spanish dishes.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Classic Seafood Paella Recipe

  • Prawns (kolambi/jhinga) shelled with tails and head intac 200 grams

  • Tomato 100 grams

  • Small fish 1 1/2 cups

  • Olive oil 3-4 tablespoons

  • Garlic cloves crushed 12

  • Onion roughly chopped 2 medium

  • Red bell pepper cut into long strips 1

  • Yellow bell pepper cut into long strips 1

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Salt to taste

  • Frozen green peas soaked 1 cup

  • Sugar to taste

  • Tomatoes roughly chopped 4 medium

  • Fish stock 1 cup

  • Saffron (kesar) dissolved in two tablespoons of milk a few strands

  • Red chilli flakes 1 tablespoon

  • Extra virgin olive oil 3-4 teaspoons

  • Fresh basil leaves 10-12


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add garlic and sauté. Add onions and sauté till translucent.

Step 2

Add red and yellow bell pepper and sauté. Add crushed black peppercorns and mix.

Step 3

Add prawns, clams, small fish and sauté. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 4

Add salt, sugar and tomatoes and mix well. Add rice and mix well.

Step 5

Add fish stock, saffron dissolved in milk and chilli flakes and mix well.

Step 6

Add 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil. Chop basil leaves and add to the paella pan.

Step 7

Add green peas and mix well. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 8

Sprinkle some extra virgin olive oil. Transfer in a serving plate.

Step 9

Sprinkle some more extra virgin olive oil and serve hot.

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