Some Distinct Types of Paella

July 12, 2017Food Standard

Spain has produced some of the most popular cultural items all over the world. One of the most notable exports of this country in the Iberian Peninsula is the paella. This rice-based dish has been eaten internationally because of its rich flavour due to its ingredients.

What makes this dish more appealing is its variety. Spaniards have been able to use different combinations of ingredients and spices that make distinct versions of paella.

The most common type is the Valencian. It is usually cooked with pepper, onion, tomato, and garlic ‘sofrito’. This variant uses a rabbit as its meat. Aside from Valencian, there are still variants of it that you can order from a paella caterer. Here are some of them:

  • White – This type is perhaps the easiest to prepare. All you need to do is to cook rice and add ham, salami, or even tapas. This is usually eaten with beer during summer.
  • Vegetarian – Vegetarians and the more health conscious Spaniards have made their own flavour of paella. Instead of using different meats, they add various vegetables such as asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms, and olives. This is still prepared with the common ingredients of the Valencian type but without the meats.
  • Seafood – It is prepared with prawns, squid, clams and mussels. True to its local name—paella marinara—this is commonly eaten in coastal areas and on beach bars during summer.
  • Lobster – The addition of lobster makes this type distinct from the seafood variant. For residents in Huelva, a city in the Andalusian region, this is a special dish.
  • Paella with pork in beer – This is specially prepared upon the request of customers in coastal areas. Instead of chicken or rabbit, lean pork meat is used. Beer is also added to the dish whilst the onion is being fried. This tastes differently from the rest of the usual varieties.

There are many kinds of this dish. Just contact a paella caterer near you to order some of them.