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How to Cook the Chocolaty Filipino Comfort Food Champorado

Updated on September 24, 2012
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Dried, Salted Fishes that Filipinos Often Eat with Champorado
Dried, Salted Fishes that Filipinos Often Eat with Champorado | Source

Champorado - chase your blues away with this easy-to-make Filipino cocoa rice porridge that is very popular in the Philippines.

Champorado is primarily made of sticky rice and cocoa powder, which has long been believed to keep depression at bay and the heart in shape.

Yes Virginia, cocoa powder in champorado is good for your cardiovascular health!

It has been proven to perk people up when they are down; reduce blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks; and even keep healthy blood flow and blood pressure.

Cocoa powder has been found to have mega-doses of antioxidants – two times that of red wine and three times that of green tea.

No wonder many Filipinos always find a reason to beam in spite of the typhoons, floods, and whatever hard knocks that always rock the Philippines.

You see, Pinoys love champorado on any given day. We eat it warm during rainy, cold season or chilled during the Philippines’ scorching days.

A word of caution though – the authentic champorado from the Philippines uses unprocessed cocoa powder from cocoa beans that have not been treated with alkalis, making it very nutritious and high in antioxidants.

Other kinds of cocoa powder may have been manufactured in a process that can make them utterly unhealthy.

History of Chomping Champorado

It might interest you to know the story of how champorado landed its role as a staple Filipino food for breakfast or mid-afternoon snacks.

Filipinos actually learned how to make champorado back in the time when both the Philippines and Mexico were colonies of Spain.

That time, Filipinos would ride huge ships for the galleon trade all the way to Mexico, bringing with them – among others – the Philippine tuba .

On their way back to the Philippines, these same men brought the idea of how to cook champurrado, the Spanish version of this brownish, sticky dish.

Since then, the original recipe has changed and the Filipinos have prepared champorado to please their unique palate.

Easy Champorado Recipe

Ingredients for Champorado

  • 8 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of sticky rice
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • milk

Tools for Preparing Champorado

  • cooking pot
  • small bowl
  • serving bowl
  • stirring ladle

Steps for Cooking Champorado

  1. Pour three cups of water into a cooking pot and bring the liquid to a boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, pour one cup of sticky rice into the cooking pot.
  3. Let the sticky rice and water simmer for a few minutes.
  4. After a while, dilute eight tablespoons of cocoa powder in one cup of water in a small bowl.
  5. Add in the diluted cocoa powder into the cooking pot.
  6. Stir the mix continuously for several minutes for about 15 minutes.
  7. Add in one-half cup of sugar and mix everything for another five minutes.
  8. Once the sticky rice is cooked, remove the mix from the pot and place it in a serving bowl.
  9. Champorado can be served hot with a swirl of milk on top.
  10. Leftovers can be refrigerated then eaten chilled or reheated.

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      8 years ago

      Can you use regular rice?

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      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @stylezink Wow! You've got your own version of champorado! Your recipe must be really good. I have yet to try that. I love coconut milk. It's really healthy with all its lauric acid. Thanks for sharing!

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Hui (?) Hi! Yeah, give this recipe a try. It's totally yum-yum!

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Champorado!!! My version is similar but I opt to use a can coconut milk in place of regular milk. And I use brown sugar instead of regular sugar. I wish I had the patience my mother had. She would grind a fresh coconut on this thing she made and squeeze the fresh coconut juice out of the coconut shavings.

      Great hub! I think this is the first time I ever saw this recipe posted! I love introducing people to filipino cuisine! This recipe is great as breakfast or dessert! Yum!

    • Hui (蕙) profile image

      Hui (蕙) 

      9 years ago

      Wa, beautiful look, and must be tasty. I am interested in cook, so I will try this. Thanks for the detailed recipe.

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @pinoyortiz Tell me about it. Love to sit down with a bowl of champorado on rainy days:)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @SallyTX Give it a try! :)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @asmaiftikhar Thank you so much :)

    • pinoyortiz profile image


      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      Rainy days make this breakfast dish great :)

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      Sally Branche 

      9 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Sounds great! ;D

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      9 years ago from Pakistan

      voted up kerlynab .

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @HERBERT ubaldo Tell me about it, champorado is great for breakfast! I love it so much though that I would eat it any time of the day :)

    • kerlynb profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @lee custodio Hello kabayan! I also like mami, LOL :) I would eat it even if it's scorching outside - hahahaha!

    • HERBERT ubaldo profile image

      HERBERT ubaldo 

      9 years ago

      I like this food so much especially in the morning....yummy..

    • lee custodio profile image

      lee custodio 

      9 years ago

      one of my fave rainy day comfort food, besides the usual savory treats like arrozcaldo and the variants of noodle soups: batchoy, mami, etc. Goes well with fish flakes, yumm!


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