- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Dash olive oil
- 1 pc plum tomato, or 1/8 cup regular tomato, chopped
- 1/8 tsp ground paprika, or cayenne
- 1/8 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper, julienned ir chopped to strips
- 1 pc turkey sausage (for type O diet), or chorizo, sliced
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 hard boiled egg
- Seafood stock
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped (this is not an error)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (not an error too😆)
- 2 cups seafood of choice
- 1 tbsp ginger, skin removed and pounded once to release juice
- 1-2 tbsp fish sauce, OR 1 tsp dashi stock granules+ 1-2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp lemon juice, or calamansi, or lime
- Dash olive oil
- 4-5 cups water
Cook your brown rice on a pot or through rice cooker. Follow instruction according to its package.
Boil egg for 7 mins on a small pot, and let it rest for 1-2 min before fishing it out to set aside. While egg is boiling, chop what needed to be chopped, and wash/clean your seafood.
Let’s begin making the stock. Heat large soup pot over high heat. When it smokes a bit, turn down heat to medium, wait for 10 sec., then splash a dash of olive oil. Sautee onion until transluscent, add in garlic and ginger and keep stir frying for about 30 seconds.
Add your seafood of choice on soup pot and stir-fry until half-cooked, then add fish sauce (or the alternative), water, and lemon/lime juice. Cover and let it simmer until seafood is cooked. Note: consider that rice will be added later, thus adjust salt level accordingly (stock can be a tad bit salty but it will mellow down with rice later). Turn off the heat. Fish-out the cooked seafood set them aside as it would be used as garnish. Set aside the pot of stock.
Using a regular frying pan, heat it up over high heat. When it smokes a bit, turn down heat to medium, wait for 10 sec., then splash a dash of olive oil. Fry bell peppers for few seconds, then fish ’em out to set aside as garnish for later. Do the same for the turkey sausage (or chorizo).
On the same pan, Sautee onion until transluscent. Add in garlic, sautee until almost golden brown, then stir-in tomatoes, turmeric, and paprika. Keep on stirring while mashing them up well.
Add 1 cup of seafood stock on pot. Stir. Then add 2 cups of cooked brown rice and stir well. [yes, that’s the trick: double cooking and rehydrating the brown rice will make ’em extra sticky/muschy]. Add more stock if necessary. Turn heat to medium low.
The hallmark of every delicious arroz a la valenciana or paella is scorching the bottom of the rice just a bit to make it crispy/crunch, and not burnt. Your nose can tell if rice is toasted, or burnt. But you can also use a spatula to occassionally check on one side.
While the rice is still being toasted over medium low heat, take your hard boiled egg, peel off the egg shell, and slice it up. This is for garnishing as well.
Decorate/garnishing the arroz a la valenciana while it is still reducing the stock. Arrange the seafood, bell pepper, sliced eggs, and sausage rhythmically around the pan. Occassionally smell-and-view check the bottom to know if the rice is perfectly toasted — if it is, then it is done and ready to serve! Don’t forget to turn off your burner.
Serve it on a frying pan! Enjoy!
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