Horchata, such a mysterious drink, is it made with rice? almonds? tiger nuts? Plus so many countries claim origin to it. Well….let´s get to the facts, Horchata is actually a drink that has its origins in the town of Alboraya in eastern Spain, known as ¨Orxata¨, and it´s only made with tiger nuts. In this post I´m going to show you how to make the Authentic Spanish Horchata Recipe.
This horchata has an incredible and refreshing flavor and it´s made with just 5 ingredients! Oh yeah and it´s naturally vegan too! If you are ever in the city of Valencia, you will see street-side vendors selling this amazing horchata de chufas. This horchata is almost always enjoyed with Fartons, a delicate and spongy sweet breadstick like dessert.
So now that you know the authentic horchata is made with tiger nuts, let´s get to what exactly are tiger nuts? Well, they are actually not nuts, they are a root vegetable and are known to be a super food. Tiger nuts are loaded with so many health benefits, they´re high in fiber, a great source of magnesium and rich in potassium, among others.
In Spain, toger nuts are mostly used to make horchata, but you can also snack on them for a super healthy snack. Their shape is kind of a circular form and about the size of a raisin. Check out the video below on how to make this Authentic Spanish Horchata Recipe or print out the recipe card below. Happy and healthy drinking!
Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Authentic Spanish Horchata Recipe
Authentic Spanish Horchata Recipe - Horchata de chufa
- -2 cups Tiger nuts
- -4 1/2 cups cold water
- -1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- -lemon zest
- -2 tbsp white sugar
Add 2 cups of raw tiger nuts into a large bowl and fill with water, about 1 inch above the tiger nuts and soak them for 24 hours
After 24 hours drain the tiger nuts, rinse them under cold water and add half of them to a blender, also add 1/2 of the cold water (2 1/4 cups) and blend until well combined, then add the remainder of the tiger nuts, the remainder of the cold water (2 1/4 cups), a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and some fresh lemon zest, blend until well combined
Run the mixture through a sieve and into a large bowl, using a wooden spoon push down on the mixture to release all the liquid into the bowl, once done discard what is in the sieve
Transfer the liquid into a pitcher, add 2 tablespoons of white sugar and mix together, add the pitcher into the fridge for at least 4 hours to let all the flavors develop
After 4 hours your horchata de chufas is ready to be served, give the horchata a quick mix and transfer into tall glasses, add a straw to drink, remember to always serve this horchata very cold
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