“ Brand: Asda / Type: Rice for Paella „
When it comes to rice and pasta dishes I'm rather a big fan of them really. However I'm not a fan of making up my own rice dishes cos usually I end up burning even easy cook types of rice!
So when I spotted this packet of paella savoury rice only costing a mere 53p a packet I decided to get it. I liked the sound of it cooking in ten minutes (according to what we are told on the front of the packet) and I liked the price for something sounding rather exotic!
Bright orange foil large sachet which is paper on the outside. On the front of the packet there is a photograph of the paella and I am told that it is Asda Quick Cook Paella Savoury Rice and that it cooks in 10 minutes and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that the weight of the product is 105g. On the back of the packet other information given includes ingredients and allergy advice (Contains: Shellfish and fish, and may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds), the best before date is clearly stamped on, there is a full nutritional rundown chart given, I'm told how to cook it and contact details for Asda are given. It's nice, bright informative packaging that is easy enough to tear open etc.
The Savoury Rice:
Open up the packet and what you get is dried risotto rice and you can see dried up peas, small flat pieces of red pepper and you can smell a fishy fragrance and the whole thing is covered in a powdery seasoning which looks predominantly yellow in colour which I guess must be the turmeric this has listed on the ingredient list.
All you do to cook this is add water and some butter and you can cook it in a saucepan in about 8-10 minutes or add water and butter and pop it in the microwave for about 15 minutes. Personally I'm not keen on cooking this sort of dish in the microwave and so I cooked mine on the cooker!
This took 8 minutes in total too cook having measured out the water and butter required. It absorbed most of the liquid, the rice doubled in size and the dried vegetables within it plumped up slightly. I wouldn't call this a fluffy rice however but a moist one and it looked nice when I plopped it on a plate.
Taste wise I loved this well seasoned rice! I could really taste the shellfish stock powder this had in it though there wasn't any bits of prawn or fish within this at all. The peas were juicy enough, the peppers really did taste of peppers although the pieces were a little chewy and I could really taste a hint of garlic, onion and tomato in it and even see and taste a little of the dried parsley.
I throughly enjoyed this rice dish though you really don't get very much of it at all and in my opinion this makes a nice side dish for one. It isn't greasy and really does contain a real flavour.
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Packet:
of which sugars: 3.8g
of which saturates 3.3g 4.4g
equivalent as salt: 0.9g
Only available in Asda stores.