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Paella is the highlight dish of the Region of Valencia. The way of cooking it is almost always the same, varying only a few ingredients. In Onda, the most popular recipe for paella is prepared as follows:

Ingredients (4 people):

  • 1 chicken (1kg)
  • 1/2 rabbit cut up into pieces
  • 200 g butter beans
  • 200 g green beans (or yellow)
  • 100 g tomatoes (chopped)
  • 250 g olive oil
  • 400 g rice
  • water (twice than the rice amount)
  • salt
  • saffron
  • 1 garlic clove (minced) to be poured on the tomato sauce

Place a frying pan with oil -size will vary depending on the number of guests- on a wood fire (essential for real paella). When oil is hot enough, season with a handful of salt and add the chicken and rabbit. Once the meat is browned, add green beans and give them a few turns as you pour the tomato until it reduces, then pour the water.
When it starts boiling, put the butter beans and leave it cooking at high heat until it’s all done. Pour the rice and add its boiling water, salt-proof it and add the saffron.
Cooking time of the rice is about 20 minutes, the first 5 will be with a living flame fire and the rest, with heat gradually lowered.
Once rice is dry, leave it a few minutes on a smouldering fire in order to form the well known ‘socarraet’, a layer of lightly roasted crunchy texture.
Put the rice off the heat and let it stand two minutes. Finally serve with a lemon cut into quarters.

  • Comunitat Valenciana
  • European Union