History of the Paella

We love paella however it’s made. Although the quality of the homemade dish, made with the love of an Andalucian mother could never be the surpassed. There’s nothing as rich gastronomically speaking. Art, love and a little bit of patience result in one of the most versatile dishes. But … Do you know when and how this wonderful dish came about? Well, you are about to find out.

The paella, like many of the best Spanish dishes, emerged in rural areas around the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Peasants felt the need for an easy meal that brought energy, so they could keep up the hard work, cultivating rice. The need grew especially high in the swampy area of Valencia. The early stages of the legendary paella were very simple. All you would need were orange branches (to burn and generate fire) olive oil, meat, fresh vegetables, rice and of course saffron. This is where it all began.

In the first paella dishes, and even still today, it isn’t uncommon to find rabbit, chicken, duck or even snails. The typical seafood paella came to existence much later, much like the mixed paella which has both fish and meat. Everyone generally has an idea about what should or shouldn’t be in an authentic paella dish. However, paella recipes even vary greatly from one Spanish region to another, let alone on a global scale.

The pan typically used to cook paella was originally called “paella” just like the dish, confusion arose so they now call it paellera, which would roughly translate to “paella pan”. It‘s crafted out of thin metal and steel, has a diameter of about a meter and isn’t very deep. The edges will accord to the diameter and will typically rise 7 or 12 centimeters from the base. It’s a simple shaped, however complexly crafted pan with two handles attached, opposite each other, to support the weight of the stew.

If you’re eager to learn some more cool facts about this delicious dish, while learning to cook proper paella, remember we have a paella cooking class three times a week. But wait, it gets even better, we have them right here in your favorite hostel in Seville, Sevilla Inn Backpackers.