Paella A Spanish recipe-

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Welcome to AJ’s Lazy Chef blog. Ours is a foodie family and we love trying new cuisines, learning finer details of original recipes and coming up with our own simplified renditions, in the same order. Like any other joy in this world, art of cooking too is simple and if pursued with love it is very much possible to cook amazingly delicious food from all over the world in your own very kitchen.

 Here is our version of Paella, a wonderful traditional one pan Spanish rice dish. Happy cooking!

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Prep time – 15 minutes, cooking time – 45 minutes, serves – 4


  • Rice – 400 gms
  • Chicken – cut into small pieces 400gms
  • Onion – 2 medium sized coarsely chopped
  • Bell pepper – 1 coarsely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 4 medium sized finally chopped
  • Garlic – 6 cloves finely chopped
  • Ginger – ½ inch finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 2 finely chopped
  • Bay leaf – 2
  • Coriander seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Green peas – ½ cup
  • King prawns – 100 gms
  • Saffron – a pinch
  • Oil or Clarified butter – 4 tea spoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Paprika powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Cilantro or coriander leaves
  • Lemon wedges for garnishing
  • Chicken stock – optional
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Instructions :

In a thick bottomed pan heat oil/clarified butter. Add coriander seeds and bay leaf. Once coriander seeds start to crackle add chicken pieces and cook on high heat for 5 minutes.

Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies, cook for for another 3 to 4 minutes stirring regularly. Add chopped bell peppers, green peas, salt, saffron and rest of powdered spices. Mix well, add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes.

Add rice, sprinkle salt and give it a good mix. Add 500 ml of hot chicken stock or boiling water. Adding boiling water helps in maintaining temperature for faster cooking. Let it simmer for 20minutes, stirring lightly in between. Add more stock/water if necessary.

Once rice appears to be nearly cooked, arrange king prawns on top and sprinkle chopped coriander/ cilantro leaves. Cover and let it cook for another 10 minutes or till prawns turn pink. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve hot.

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  1. Ankita
    Ankita says:

    Gonna try this recipe 🙂 photos are amazing with your lil one being the usp 🙂 keep writing keep clicking cheers

  2. Ema Fatima
    Ema Fatima says:

    Thank you for bringing on the table an interesting recipe and simplifying it. I am definitely gonna try it and let you know how it turned out. Will eagerly wait for your next recipe. Keep blogging!!


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