smoked red bell peppers paella

vegan paella

smoked red bell peppers paella
i cooked my own vegan version of paella (last week i’ve started fasting, so no seafood until easter, at least).
 
ingredients
1 cup short grain rice (also used in risotto)
2 1/2 cup water
2 red bell peppers smoked and cut (you can also use fresh ones or canned)
1 can chopped tomatoes (in summertime – fresh tomatoes, about 700 g)
1 onion chopped
1 garlic glove minced
1 cup cooked or canned red beans, drained
2 tsp sweet paprika
A pinch of saffron (optional)
2 rosemary sticks (optional)
Salt, pepper
 
directions
heat oil in a big pan (wok pan). add green vegetables: onion, red bell peppers (if u use it) and sauté until soft. add garlic, chopped tomatoes, beans, smoked red bell peppers and sauté. add salt, pepper and paprika and sauté. add water, saffron and rosemary. boil to make broth and allow it to reduce by half. add rice and simmer until rice is cooked. if it gets too dry, add more water.
garnish with more rosemary or parsley.
 
p.s. great paella
paella usually has a layer of toasted rice at the bottom of the pan called socarrat in spain. this is considered a delicacy there and is essential to good paella. the toasted rice develops on its own if the paella is cooked over a burner or open fire. if cooked in an oven, however, it will not. to correct this, place the paellera over a high flame while listening to the rice toast at the bottom of the pan. once the aroma of toasted rice wafts upwards, remove it from heat. the paella must then sit for about five minutes (most recipes recommend the paella to be covered with a towel at this point) to absorb the remaining broth.
 
indoor smoked red bell peppers
you can use special grill pan. this time, i roasted them on the fire, on our gas stove. i’ve put the red bell pepper one by one on the cooker ring and occasionally turned them to get smoked on all sides. it took about 10 – 15 minutes. then, you have to set them aside in a bowl and immediately cover with plastic wrap (or a tight fitting lid) and let them sit for about 15 minutes. the steam will loosen the skins so they’ll peel right off.




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