If you’ve read my last post you know I am still trying to adjust from a beautiful plus 21 C to an awe fully cold minus 21 C.
Horchata is a very Spanish drink that we enjoyed in my recent trip there. It was sweet with a nutty flavour.
Chufa is also known as Tiger nuts. It really isn’t a nut in the strictest sense, for it is a tuber that grows under ground attached to the roots of Cyperus esculentus.
I have learnt that these nuts act as diuretic, high in fibre, iron, potassium and vitamin E. You can find small stalls like ice cream stalls selling Horchatas. I think they are called Horchaterias.
In a hot summer day it could be really refreshing to take a sip of cold Horchata. This drink is usually served with a farton. A long pastry with a bit of icing on top.
The weather here is far from summer. Having said that the days are slowly getting longer. The sky is not as dark these days on my way to work. That itself is a matter of great joy. We live with hope. Don’t we?
I bought these nuts from Mercado Central, a very big Farmer’s market in Spain. I have been told it is available online from amazon.com
This recipe is not exactly what I tried there.
I put some Indian flavours in this traditional Spanish drink.
Tiger nuts 1 cup
Water 4 cups ( approx )
Sugar To taste
Rose water 1 Tsp
Rose petals 1 tsp
Wash the nuts carefully with water and then soak them in water for about 14 hours.
Grind them in a mixer with little water into a soft paste. Strain the liquid through a cheese cloth. Discard the solids. Add water to bring it to a milk like consistency. You can adjust the amount of water to suit your liking.
Add sugar to your taste. I added rose water too for some nice fragrance. Garnish with rose petals. Refrigerate and enjoy the chilled drink.
Rose water is available in Indian grocery store. A little goes a long way.
I cannot wait for summer to be back and while it is really not cold here at the moment (roughly +7-10˚C ) I’d prefer a summer for sure! And this drink would be lovely to enjoy in the garden!
This winter has been mild here too. Let’s close our eyes and feel the grass with our toes and horchata in our hands…
Wonder why I’ve never come across this drink. It sounds and looks incredible especially after your special tweaks and touches:-)
This was my first time too.I was pleasantly surprised.Thanks for your kind words Sonali.
Ratna, I can tell you’re experiencing a little bit of nostalgia from your latest trip to beautiful Valencia. Crowning your latest travel experience with this Horchata de Chufa recipe and the uniqueness of adding your India influence is quite inspiring to me. Thank you for this story. I love the Moroccan/Indian glassware and styling. As soon as Summer is back, this will be the perfect drink with or without fartons 🙂 Have a great weekend xoxo
Ha ha Elizabeth, you got that right. I’m having withdrawal symptoms. The Morocco inspired glasses are my latest acquisition. A food blogger ‘needs’ props. One can never have enough, wouldn’t you agree?