Seafood paella

30 minutes
45 minutes

“This dish draws inspiration from biryani with its layers of rice and fragrant filling. It’s a spicy twist on the traditional seafood paella.”

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  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 3 T garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 T fish masala
  • 2 t ground turmeric
  • 2 t red chilli powder
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 kg Woolworths freshly frozen seafood mix
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 kg Woolworths freshly frozen uncooked shell-on large prawns, deveined and rinsed
  • 525 g rice, cooked
  • coriander, to garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Braise the onions and 1 T garlic in the olive oil, half the fish masala, turmeric, chilli, cloves and allspice, then set aside.

2. In a separate pan, braise the seafood mix, 1 T garlic and spices in 90 g butter, then set aside.

3. Fry the prawns in the remaining garlic and butter for 2–3 minutes and set aside (they should not be fully cooked as the cooking process will be completed in the final step).

4. In a large saucepan, layer each element as follows: half the rice, onions, seafood mix and prawns. Cover with. the remaining rice, dot with butter and cover the saucepan with foil.

5. Place in the oven for 45 minutes, then serve immediately garnished with fresh coriander.

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Photographer: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Recipes: Saadiyah Hendricks
Food assistant: Bianca Strydom

Saadiyah Hendricks

Recipe by: Saadiyah Hendricks

Saadiyah is a full-time working mom of two girls with a deep passion for all things baking and food. She made her first pot of food at the age of 10 and, with a growing curiosity for experimenting with different bakes, flavours and dishes, started documenting her food journey and sharing recipes on her blog Sadie’s Bubble of Yum 10 years ago.

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