Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Call me naive, but I didn't actually know there were different types of Horchata. The horchata that I was familiar with was Mexican horchata using rice milk.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Whilst I was in Barcelona, I ordered horchata at the station and a little google search later at home informed me that Spanish horchata is known as Horchata de Chufa which is made with tiger nuts!

I don't have an issue with dairy but have always loved drinking nondairy milk. I used to buy rice milk when I was younger and my mum suggested that we should have a go at making Horchata. Years passed and we never got round to it!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

So after having tried it myself, I wanted to have a go at making horchata at home, and soon! I didn't have time to buy tiger nuts, but we had rice at home so I made Mexican horchata instead. When there is a kitchen cupboard groaning under the weight of different spices, it made sense to add a different flavour to the horchata. I settled on saffron and cardamom horchata. My mum was particularly pleased. She is obsessed with anything saffron and cardamom flavoured, as is evident with all of the sweets she has made in the past!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

More Saffron and Cardamom Recipes- Saffron and Clementine Mixed Spice Buns | Manda/Mande Roti  | Cardamom Cupcake with Saffron Cream Cheese Frosting

It was a time-consuming process but the end result was worth the effort! It really spruces up plain rice milk. It was perfectly sweet and creamy and will always bring back the memory of Barcelona!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.


Notes:-
For a vegan option omit condensed milk and use raw sugar.
For a classic Mexican horchata use a small cinnamon stick and omit the saffron and cardamom.

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Saffron and Cardamom Horchata
A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with Indian saffron and cardamom.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup White Basmati or long grain Rice
  • 250ml Sweet condensed milk
  • 6-8 Green cardamom pods
  • Big pinch Saffron threads
  • Ice cubes (optional)
Instructions
Clean, wash and soak rice. Add 4 cups of cold water and let it soak the rice over night with cardamom pods.In the morning in a blender add rice, water, and cardamom. Puree it till you get a smooth texture.Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and discard the rice mixture.Whisk the sweetened condensed milk and saffron threads into the rice liquid.Pour into glasses, add ice cubes if you like.Top each glass with a couple of saffron threads.Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 srvings

39 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to try making homemade horchata!

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  2. Beautiful pouring shot! Horchata is a favorite of mine. I just had the Venezuelan variation yesterday. This looks incredible. Love the addition of saffron and cardamom

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  3. Adding Saffron and Cardamom Horchata to my bucket list! Very interested in trying this!

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  4. Never heard of it but it sounds amazing!

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  5. Sounds interesting, I've never tried horchata but these photos make it look delicious

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  6. I had no idea that there were varieties of horchata!

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  7. I bought horchata in a supermarket but did not like its taste at all. Should give yours a try!

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  8. This sounds so rich to me. Is it? I would think the sweetened condensed milk would make it very sweet and yummy!

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  9. I am not familiar with this drink. Will have to try it.

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  10. What an interesting drink. Rice and saffron? Sign me up!

    From: Calleigh - TheForkBite

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  11. OOOOH, I love horchata! Never thought of using safron in it. I love seeing how the color slowly infuses the whiteness of this beverage!

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  12. This looks so delicious! I have heard of horchata but have never had it. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  13. Got a try this horchata out. Never thought of putting saffron in mine before. Great idea!

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  14. I've never tried Horchata before but this recipe has got me very interested, adding saffron even makes it more appealing.

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  15. Never heard of this before ....even the looks of it is refreshing..

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  16. This is very interesting drink. I haven't heard if it before. But somehow it reminds me of indian masala milk.

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  17. Never tried Horchata before,your pictures make me wannna try it!

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  18. Looks and sounds interesting!! Pinning it will try it soon :)

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  19. It's really a great and helpful piece off info. I'm satisfied that you just shared this helpful info with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Than you for sharing.

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  20. Hi, this looks interesting especially as it uses rice milk. I'm dairy free so I would have to use sugar instead.

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  21. This looks so good! I never heard about that. I also don't drink milk so I´m going to try it with soy milk

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  22. Had never heard of this drink. Pinned it. As always..great pictures and an interesting recipe.

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  23. I absolutely love horchata and this looks so yummy!

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  24. I love love love horchata and this savory take on it sounds incredible!

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  25. I never tried horchata but sounds really interesting. would love to try this!

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  27. Interesting drink idea.Does it get a little fermented?It sounds absolutely unique.

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  28. I have never heard of this before but it sounds really interesting! I am definitely going to give it a try!

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  29. Never heard of it but the use of cardamom, saffron and condensed milk makes it all interesting. Going to find out more about it.

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  30. I have never heard of this drink before but I would like to try it because i think it must be good.

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  31. I've never heard of this drink before but it sounds so rich and delicious! I love anything with cardamom in it though to be honest!

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  32. I've never tried horchata and need to change that soon! Your photos are so beautiful, I could look at them all day :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle for the nice comment. You'll love this flavour in horchata:)

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  33. I also had no idea there were different kinds of horchata! And what on earth are tiger nuts?! I've never tried horchata before but I am sure I would love this saffron cardamon flavor combination!

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    1. Thanks Vicky for the nice comment. We didn't know about tiger nuts either until we look them up :) you can find them in health shop I think or order them online.

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  34. I've heard of horchata, but never tried it before. I love the saffron and cardamom you've used in this recipe. I do have a question about the rice -- does it add a lot of flavor?

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    1. Thank you Lisa for the lovely comment. yes, you can taste the rice in the horchata but it adds a really lovely flavour. Hope you like it.

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  35. What a beautiful creamy looking drink.

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  36. One of my favorite drinks. I'll have to make your recipe with my dairy-free condensed milk. Thanks!

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