Paella with Poor Man’s Saffron

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      50 min

Appears in
The Thrifty Veggie

By Nicola Graimes

Published 2021

  • About

Turmeric was once known as ‘poor man’s saffron’, as its golden colour is much the same as that from the prized crocus flower, but at a fraction of the price. It has since become celebrated in its own right, particularly for its many health attributes.


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large peppers


  1. Heat the oil in a paella pan or large, non-stick, deep frying pan/skillet with a lid over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 7 minutes until softened. Add the peppers and cook for another 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook until the peppers have softened.
  2. Add the rice, smoked paprika and turmeric and turn to coat them in the onions. Pour in the wine, if