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Paella still the most authentic Spanish dish

Written by damien

When people think of Spain and food, one of the first thoughts that might come to their mind is Paella- and understandably so.

While is believed to have originated in and around Valencia, situated on the eastern coast of Spain, the dish proved to be so tasty and easy to prepare, that its popularity spread throughout the country, and it can be found in restaurants all over Madrid as well as being the staple lunchtime diet of Madrileños, before they retire for their traditional siesta.

There are a number of stories in Spanish folklore regarding the origins of Paella, with the best known being that the servants of the Moorish kings were granted the privilege of creating simple rice dishes, adding any leftovers they could gather from royal banquets, which they would take home from the palace in large pots. There are even some Spanish historians who explain that the word paella originates from the Arab word “baqiyah” or leftovers, while others argue that paella comes from the pan that it is traditionally cooked in, from the Latin term patella, which means flat plate.

Paella is a very simple dish; with the only common denominator being is that it is always made with rice and the saffron spice, which needs to be added to the rice not only to add some flavor but also to turn its typical strong and tempting golden color.

After that, more or less anything goes both as how it is cooked, as well as what kind of ingredient is added to the rice. Paella may contain chicken, a number of varieties of fresh fish, pork, shellfish, eel, squid as well as vegetables ranging from beans and peas to artichokes and peppers.

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Originally from France, Damien has made Spain his home. He loves languages, learning, food and startups.

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