The Foreign Infusion – Spain

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Invasions and trade have been instrumental in building cuisines across the globe. 

Through our pop ups this season, we want to share snippets of the history and our honest effort to replicate the dishes true to their flavour.

Featuring in this pop up is Spanish cuisine:

  • Paella  (a one-pot, flavourful dish)

Spain has one of the oldest and most interesting food histories in the world. Due to its geographical location, invasions and trade has been a very common phenomenon in the region. It is one of the largest producers of grapes and olives and hence producers of wine and olive oil!

It was the Romans and the Greeks, during the colonization period, who introduced the region to breads and grapes, olive cultivation.   

The Arab invasion bought with it the rice, saffron and cultivation techniques that further fuelled the growth in agriculture of this already fertile region. It was later that rice became a staple of the region. 

With the introduction of Europeans to America, potatoes, tomatoes, pepper and cocoa were introduced in the Spanish cuisine. These ingredients eventually got fully incorporated into the mainstream cooking – Paella being one of them!  

About Paella

If one dates back to the development of Spanish cuisine, the birth of ‘Paella’, as a dish, can be attributed to the Roman invasion(Olives, agriculture), the Arab culture (rice, saffron) and the produce from America (peppers and other condiments).  It takes its name from the wide, shallow traditional pan used to cook the dish on an open fire – called Paella, meaning ‘frying pan’. The main ingredients for this dish are the Bomba rice, olives, garlic, smoked paprika, saffron, vegetables and meat – mostly chicken or fish, all cooked to make a flavourful one-pot dish.

We have paired this rice with a light salad of tender greens, orange, radish and fennel with lemon dressing and a mini onion-cheese brioche bun.

Menu (Serves 1)

  • Vegetarian Paella / INR 510
  • Seafood Paella (Contains Shell Fish) / INR 580

Paella will be accompanied by a side portion of mixed greens, radish, orange, fennel salad, and an onion and cheese mini-brioche.

Dessert

  • Seasonal mixed berry Tart / INR 130

Serves one. Delivery on Friday, 22 Jan 2021 between 6.30 PM and 7.30 PM. Pre-orders only. Delivery charges apply.