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Spanish recipes: Horchata de chufa

Updated on March 29, 2013
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Katia is a translator turned UX/UI designer. She is a digital nomad who loves surfing and is passionate about linguistics and sociology.

The horchata is a typical drink from Valencia, Spain, made of milk, sugar and tigernuts (chufa).

Chufas are small underground tubes which come from the roots of the Cyperus esculentus, and which has been cultivated in Valencia since VIII.

It is a delicious drink that is usually served fresh, perfect for those sunny summer days, and is not as difficult to prepare as it may seem.


Cook Time

Prep time: 48 hours
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 48 hours 15 min
Yields: (the time depends of how hydrated are the chufas)

Utensils

For preparing this recipe you will need:

  • a blender
  • a nut milk bag
  • a bowl
  • a jar

Ingredients

  • 250 gr (0,55 lb) Chufas
  • 1l. Water
  • 100 gr (0,22) Sugar, (if you like it sweetener you can add 150 gr)

Nutritional information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: per 100 ml.
Calories 69
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Protein 06 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Instructions

  1. Soak the chufas with water for about 24 or 48 hours until they're fully hydrated and soften.
  2. After that time, put the chufas in a bowl with almost half of the 1l. of water, and start grinding them slowly with a blender. Gradually it will begin to converting into the chufa milk.
  3. Then, place your bag over a bowl, slowly pour in the milk and squeeze to the bottom of the bag to release the milk. It may take around 5 minutes.
  4. Now, add the sugar and the rest of the water, and mix it. Then pour it into a jar and store it in the fridge for a couple of hours until is fresh.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds very interesting. I have never heard of horchata before. I found some suppliers on Google that sell tiger nuts. I'm especially curious about this drink because you say it is very popular in Spain. I would love to try it.

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