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Paella 2

I am currently in Spain and whilst I am here I want to fully enjoy and experience the Spanish culture, and what better way to do this than by eating authentic Spanish food?  ‘When you go to Rome, do as the Romans do’; so whilst I’m here I will ensure that I explore and soak in as much Spanish culture as possible – starting with the food.

First on the list is Paella.  Paella is a Spanish dish of; rice, chicken, seafood, and vegetables.  It is usually cooked and served in a large shallow pan. Today’s recipe is a slight variation on your typical Paella, because it gives the option of using rice as a pose to risotto.

Preparation 5 minutes | Cooking 10 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 600g cooked plain rice or Risotto
  • 200g of prawns or chicken (diced or whole)
  • 100g frozen peas
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a frying pan. Tip in the onion and garlic and cook it for a couple of minutes until softened. Stir in turmeric, salt, pepper, followed by the rice, prawns or chicken, peas and finally 150ml of boiling water.

Keep stirring until everything is cooked through and the water has been soaked up.


Serve this dish hot and with slices of lemon. Enjoy!


Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.

You can find her work on www.kantakakes.comFollow her on twitter @KantaKakes and Instagram @KantaTemba.

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  1. It’s NOT fried rice Kanta! FROZEN peas in Spain…..European largest supplier of fresh vegetables?! Which Spain are you in? I think SAFFRON rather than turmeric…….

    Fried rice is Chinese with egg etc, you are mixing your cultures!


    • Maybe not to completely STOP Kanta but to simply suggest..!

      Just because Spain is Europe’s biggest supplier of fresh vegetables does not mean you can not use frozen pees in your paella in Spain, but again I thought Kanta is trying to cater for her Zambian (or non Spanish) audience as well. Folks in Siavonga enjoy both fresh kapenta AND the dried one!

      Can I use inshonkonono in place of prawns? After all variety is the spice of life…


    • Are you surprised by the LT headline or by Kanta’a recipe? As far as I can see she only refers to Paella.



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