Fusion or confusion? ha ha Not sure. But it was a weeknight. Kids were hungry and I wanted to make them something quick. I got the shrimp out to defrost and soaked basmati rice having planned to make my favorite go-to ‘easy shrimp pulao‘. But as I started chopping the onions, I realized I had run out of fresh tomatoes. But I did have pasta sauce 🙂 Since the pasta sauce I had already had italian seasonings in it, the usual Indian spices – garam masala wouldn’t go well with it. Hence I decided to make a ‘paella’ inspired pulao which had Basmati rice which is what is used traditionally in the Indian pulao. And then for spices I added some turmeric and cayenne (for the indian) and oregano, rosemary for the mediterranean 🙂 And saffron. Interestingly, both pulao and paella use saffron! I also had some great zucchini from our local farm and so I decided to add that too.
I had been meaning to make Paella one of these days – after all the pan I had bought a couple years ago, when my friend Angela taught me how to make Paella, was lying idle. Anyways, I was happy that the pan provided inspiration for this dish! Easy, flavorful, happy dinner.! Paella or Pulao, it was just Perfect 🙂