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Brown rice and lentil seafood paella

Total Time
1 hr 20 min
20 min
1 hr


Olive oil

2 tsp

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped

Yellow capsicum

1 medium, thinly sliced


2 clove(s), crushed

Smoked paprika

1 tsp

Brown rice, dry

cup(s), (130g)

Tomato paste

1 tbs

Cherry tomatoes

250 g

Dried saffron

tsp, pinch of threads

Chicken stock cube

2 individual, to make 2½ cups (625ml) liquid stock

Dry lentils

½ cup(s), (100g) red variety

Raw peeled prawns

500 g, deveined, tails intact

Frozen green peas

cup(s), (40g)


500 g, pot-ready variety

Fresh flat-leaf parsley

½ cup(s), chopped


1 medium, cut into wedges


  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan or paella pan over medium heat. Cook onion, capsicum and garlic, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add paprika and rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until rice is coated.
  2. Add paste, tomatoes, saffron and stock liquid and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add lentils and cook, covered, for 20–25 minutes or until rice and lentils are almost tender (add a little water if paella becomes dry during cooking).
  3. Scatter peas, prawns and mussels over rice mixture and cook, covered, for 5 minutes or until prawns are just cooked through and most mussels open. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges


SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed green beans. TIPS: Pot-ready (uncooked) mussels have been scrubbed and most of the beards (furry bits around the edge) removed. They are available from the seafood counter of most supermarkets or your local fishmonger. Even if mussels have been cleaned, there may be leftover beards. To remove beards, hold mussels under running water and use your fingers to pull beards off towards the hinge end of the shell. Before cooking, discard any open shells that do not clamp shut when gently squeezed (let them warm up slightly first) or have an unpleasant odour. Contrary to popular belief, mussels that do not open when cooked but smell okay are still fine to eat.