We are back with another type of paella, but in this case, we are going to be talking about the strangest one…The black paella or also known in Spanish as Arroz negro. We know you probably have many questions: What is it? Why is the rice black? How does it taste like? Well, don´t worry because we will be answering those questions and of course we will also tell you all about the recipe for black paella.
What is Black paella?
The black paella is a Spanish dish that can also be known as “Arroz negro” in Spanish, “Arròs negre” in Valenciano, or also as squid ink paella. It´s mainly characterized for its black color, which added to its strong flavor makes it be by far the strangest paella in all Spain.
But…Why is the rice black? That has an easy answer. Although the way of cooking this dish is almost the same as the seafood paella, in this case you also need to use the squid ink. You can buy it apart, but it generally comes with the squid you have bought for the recipe.
What does black paella taste like?
Be patient, we will tell you about the recipe in a second! Before that, let us warn you that although for us and many other people, black paella is delicious, the truth is that it´s a dish with a very strong flavor.
As we said at the beginning, the recipe is very similar to the seafood paella, but the squid ink doesn´t only change the aspect, it also changes the taste. Spanish locals are more used to strong flavors and that´s why they love it so much, but this dish doesn´t succeed so much with tourists.
Eat the paella negra with aioli!
Here is an extra tip to make your black paella dish taste even better. Although not many people do it, it´s quite common in the Valencian community (where aioli is served in almost every single lunch). Just take a spoon and add aioli to your dish, mix it all together and you will se that it tastes delicious.
Of course, this is optional, most of the people believe that the sauce of the paella is more than enough, but we advise you to at least try it.
Origin of arroz negro
There is not much information about the origin of the Spanish black rice paella. What we know for sure is that the way it´s cooked in Spain it was first created in the Valencian Community, being more concrete, in a rural area.
Other people say that there were different black rice recipes that were made for Chinese emperors many years ago. Actually, the dish was prohibited for normal people who were not part of the noble class. But of course, these foods are way different than Spanish paellas.
Enjoy the best black paella recipe!
That´s all you need to know about the black paella with squid and shrimp. As you have seen, is not a complicated dish at all, so you can easily make it at home.
Hope you enjoyed reading the recipe for arroz negro, and if you have any other question or suggestion, please let us know.