Our culinary quests can take us to great extents. Humans have the reputation of eating almost everything they can lay their hands on. I once had been to China where I talked to a local who said, “We eat anything that flies except airplanes, anything that floats or swims except ships and submarines and anything that walks on land except humans”! Probably I did not translate it very well and even the man did not literally mean ‘everything’ but you get the idea right? So, let us today travel all the way to Spain and learn 10 interesting Arròs negre facts. Be warned, the first sight of Arròs negre may make you feel sick and you may feel the urge to throw up. That’s fine! It happened to me as well but eventually, this is one of the tastiest food items you can find in Spain! Guess what? Take a close look and you will find that it is not really that awful looking after all!
1. The Arròs negre is a main course of Spain and is equally popular in Puerto Rico and Cuba.
2. Also sometimes referred to as Arroz negro, this food is essentially ‘Squid with Rice’.
3. The interesting part is that the rice itself is cooked in squid ink, which gives it the characteristic black color and that explains the ‘negro or negre’ part of the name.
4. Despite being one of the ugliest looking foods in world, the Arròs negre has a distinctive seafood flavor which vastly enhanced because of the squid ink used to cook the rice.
5. Traditional cooking usually skips using herbs and the dish derives its flavor from onions, fish stock and cuttlefish.
6. Modern variants make use of spices and some cooks may even add shrimps, monkfish or crab to add a different flavor and texture.
7. If proper amount of squid ink is not used, the output will be dull grey, which by no means is sexy.
8. Many people confuse Arròs negre with black rice. This dish is cooked using white rice which turns black because of the squid ink. Black rice on the other hand is naturally black.
9. While some people do expect to get a ‘fishy’ taste, the Arròs negre is nowhere even close to that. It has a far more delicate taste which stays uniform from first to last.
10. While most of the ingredients used are easily available, the squid ink is what makes the dish really expensive if you are planning on serving a large group of people.
Now let us learn how to prepare this delicacy. You may give it a try at home and when you are done, pat yourself on back for the incredible achievement!