(Arroz Caldoso Bogavente – Lobster soupy Rice) & Barcelona Beach

08 Jun

Never had an idea before how the spanish cuisine will look like until I was in Spain. We went to a Restaurant called Marina Manchos, which had an exotic spanish cuisine of food varieties. Enjoying the view of Mediterranean sea from our table, we wanted to try some seafood. We decided that we will try Lobsters and asked the waiter for options. He suggested this Lobster Soupy Rice which is a one pot meal for 2. Between they served a cup of potato chips, Spanish pickled olives & little cucumbers and Bread with a spread of fresh tomato puree. When the dish arrived on the table, it was in a big deep pan  and looked like it can serve the entire family . Since it was the first time I am trying lobster, my first sip of the food was kind of skeptic but not the rest. After returning back from vacation, the first thing I did was buying the Lobster and making this dish at home. Believe me, it was one of the dish I just loved it . We packed the remaining and had it for dinner. Honestly what we had in restaurant was excellent than which I made. Probably  because of the fresh seafood and  may be  some chefs secret ingredients.

Choice of restaurant is very important, especially when you are in a new place and trying new food. Fortunately the one we tried was good. Bit expensive but worth it.


  1. Lobster – 2 , divide in to pieces
  2. Squid – 100 gms (optional) I did not add it
  3. Fish stock – 2 cups
  4. Water – 4 cups
  5. Parboiled Rice – 2 cups
  6. Onion – 2, finely chopped
  7. Tomato – 2, finely chopped
  8. Bell Pepper – 1/2 , cut in to small pieces
  9. Garlic – 5 pods
  10. Olive oil – 2 Tbs
  11. Paprika powder – 1 Tbs
  12. Coriander leaves a few or  Petersilie  a little
  13. Salt for taste


1. Heat the pan and oil to it. Add Onions and garlic and saute it till it is translucent.

2. Add paprika then followed by tomatoes and cook till tomatoes become soft approx 5 min.

3. Add the fish stock and water and let it boil. Once it starts boiling add the rice and let it cook for 15 minutes.

4.  Add the lobster and bell pepper when the rice is half cooked and allow it cook. Add some water if required, to look like soupy rice .

5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it warm.

Now coming to Barcelona attractions……..

Barcelonata is a very beautiful beach with not much waves but it is very deep after 5 feets from the seashore. Lot of people were swimming though the water was bit cold. My daughter started building a sand castle decorated with shells.

Beware, there is also nude beach called Mar bella. Even in Barcelonata, there were  few taking sun bath.

Ships returning to Barcelona Port.

Port Vell near from the Columbus Monument

Monument Columbus.

Throughout the city and in the beach side one can see these palm trees.


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  1. uma

    June 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    interesting lobster recipe!
    nice pics!

  2. Suman Singh

    June 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    never tried cooking lobster at home yet..ur recipe sounds interesting n delicious…will try out this sometime…amazing pics!

  3. Hema

    June 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Lobster is awesome. Never tried to cook…but tasted in the restaurant. Hope you liked:)

  4. Manju Rajender

    June 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Beautiful post. Loved viewing all the pics. Antha lobster partha mattum koncham bayama iruku 😀

  5. Priya

    June 9, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Wow lobsters in anything goes directly to my fav…amazing pics, thanks a ton for this visual treat dear..

  6. Sushma Mallya

    June 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I have never tasted lobster till now…but the dish looks fantastic and very beautiful pics too

  7. SathyaSridhar

    June 9, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Nice lobster recipe never cooked at home only tasted at restaurants…nice pics looks beautiful hope u enjoyed ur trip..

  8. Nikita Crannell

    November 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Thank you , I’ll have to subscribe your feed and read the rest I think. The first date my wife and I had nearly 20 years ago now was a lovely seafood restaurant in Napoli, so I’ve been spending so long trying to find a decent grilled lobster recipe like we had that night – our anniversary is next month so I’m hoping to surprise her!