Paella is a Catalan word which derives from the Old French word paelle for pan which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan as well. Patella is also akin to the modern French poêle, the Welsh padell, the Italian padella, the Old Spanish padilla, the Polish patelnia, and the New Mexican Spanish puela.
If the rice has been cooked correctly, the rice grains should be loose, not clumped together or having a mushy texture.
A very filling Paella, easily made. I swapped the Calamari, Mussels, Clams and Prawns for a Seafood Cocktail containing everything except the clams. Forgot to add the white wine and added slices of Chorizo instead of sausage. The amount is enough for 4 with a salad or 2 large portions either way it is worth trying this recipe even if you've never made Paella before. - 26 Mar 2014
superrrr - 27 Sep 2011
Only used the chicken and prawns and added some chorizo as the sausage. Was fab. It did take a little longer to cook tho, about another 10 minutes. - 07 Jan 2016