Paella is a rice dish which originated in Spain's Valencian region near lake Albufera, an east coast lagoon. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish. Most Spaniards however, consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identity symbols.
There are three widely known types of paella: Valencian paella (Spanish: paella valenciana), seafood paella (Spanish: paella de marisco) and mixed paella (Spanish: paella mixta); but there are many others as well. Valencian paella consists of white rice, green vegetables, meat, snails, beans and seasoning. Seafood paella replaces meat and snails with seafood and omits beans and green vegetables. Mixed paella is a free-style combination of meat, seafood, vegetables and sometimes beans.
Paella cooking equipment and ingredient suppliers
This dish has gained considerable popularity throughout most of the Spanish-speaking world and among Hispanics in the United States and is now enjoying increasing popularity throughout Western Europe as it is becoming much easier to locate the paella pans, paella cooking equipment & ingredients needed. For example in the UK all the necessary equipment and ingredients can be sourced from such companies as:
- Paella alicantina
- Vegetarian paella
- Another Vegetarian paella
- Traditional seafood paella
- Traditional meat paella