Vegan paella recipe

Vegan paella recipe

My grandmother used to cook this sort of vegetable paella when I was a child. She put in different vegetables depending on the season, but artichokes, peppers and potatoes were her favourites ones.

My version doesn’t include artichokes as I don’t like them, but cauliflower or broccoli instead. I’m happy to share her recipe with you, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Ingredients (for 3 people):

  • 4 small cups of rice (I use coffee cups to measure the rice)
  • 9 small cups of water or vegetable broth
  • ½ red bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cauliflower broken into small florets
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato chopped or 2 small cups of tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A bunch of fresh parsley
  • Vegetable broth or water
  • Turmeric or saffron
  • Salt


  1. Heat the oil in a paella pan or big skillet over medium heat. Add the pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the spring onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Mince the garlic and parsley together (you can use a food processor or a knife) and put them in the pan. Add also the tomato puree (if you are using fresh tomatoes, just chopp them and add to the pan). Mix all the vegetables
  3. Stir in the rice and cook for a couple of minutes, allowing the rice to toast a little and absorb the flavour from the vegetables. Add the vegetable broth or water, the saffron or turmeric and the salt, mix together and finally add a bunch of fresh parsley. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until almost all of the liquid cooks off, about 15 minutes. During this time, taste the liquid using a small spoon to be sure that there is enough salt. You don’t have to stir anymore.
  4. Once the liquid has evaporated, remove from the heat, cover with a lid or aluminium foil and set aside for 5-6 minutes before serving.

Recipe notes:

  • You can use the vegetables that you prefer. Try with artichokes, green peas, broccoli, green or yellow pepper, asparagus, etc.
  • Don’t stir the rice while cooking, but make sure that all the pan is receiving heat.
  • The paellera is the right pan to prepare this kind of rice. You can find it on Amazon and in many shops. If you don’t have one, use a big skillet instead.

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