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Ingredients

Spice Blend
Paella

Directions

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  • To make the spice blend: Finely grind together the coriander and fennel seeds and saffron, and immediately mix with the turmeric and Aleppo pepper.

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  • To make the paella: Coat a large saute pan with oil (2 to 3 tablespoons), and heat over medium heat. Add the onion, 2 pinches of the spice blend, and a pinch of salt. Stir well, spread in an even layer, and cover. Cook until the onion is just translucent, about 6 minutes.

  • Add the bell peppers, 2 more pinches of the spice blend, and a pinch of salt, and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are bright, about 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the peppers are almost tender, about 3 minutes. If the vegetables seem like they're burning, add a little more oil. Transfer the vegetables to a plate.

  • Coat the pan generously with more oil (3 to 4 tablespoons), and raise the heat to medium-high. Add the artichokes and lemon, and season with salt. Stir well, spread in an even layer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Raise the heat to high. Add the pumpkin puree, rice, chickpeas, the vegetables, 4 1/2 cups cold water, the remaining spice blend, and a large pinch of salt. Stir continuously until the mixture is bubbling and the rice absorbs some of the liquid, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the rice is just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Raise the heat to high, and cook until a crust forms on the bottom of the rice, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, tent loosely with foil, and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Recipe reprinted from Mastering Spice, by Lior Lev Sercarz. Copyright 2019. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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