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Cajun jambalaya is the love child of risotto and paella. The creaminess of the rice is similar to that of a well-made risotto, while the shrimp, andouille and chicken combination are reminiscent of paella.

Cajun jambalaya is the love child of risotto and paella. The creaminess of the rice is similar to that of a well-made risotto, while the shrimp, andouille and chicken combination are reminiscent of paella. Jambalaya is a dish of Spanish and French origins by way of Louisiana. There are two different styles of jambalaya: Creole, the red kind which contains tomatoes and hails from New Orleans, and Cajun which is characteristic of southwest Louisiana and has no tomatoes (the further away you get from New Orleans the less common tomatoes become). Both contain the trifecta of meat, vegetables and rice and are equally delicious.