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Apr 11, 2007 05:34 PM


Hey Everyone,

I'm doing research for a project and I'm including some info on traditional Mexican food. I've been searching everywhere and I can't seem to find any info besides recipes and a very basic history of horchata. I'm looking for how it's made traditionally- matate y mano- and any other info. If anyone knows anything, please let me know.

Mil gracias!


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  1. Horchata can & is made of several different key ingredients:

    > Rice.... most contemporary versions
    > Almonds.... more like its Moorish origins
    > Melon seeds.... more like a common pre-hispanic drink

    In any case... there is a soaking stage then traditionally the ingredient was ground in a metate... in contemporary times its passed through a blender... then you add sugar or piloncillo or condensed milk... spices like cinammon and/or vanilla and/or chocolate and water and/or milk.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Eat_Nopal

      thanks for the post I love Horchata.

      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        Thanks very much, and I don't mean to sound rude or bithcy, but all that's info that I knew and comes up readily in a simple google search. I'm looking for more detail and in depth info on how mexican horchata is made the traditional way. Perhaps I could have been a little more specific in my original post. Thank you though.

        1. re: StinaFeminista

          As far as I know, we "imported" horchata from the spaniards (It's from Valencia), who originally made it from chufa nuts or melon seeds.

          The old recipe for horchata is indeed quite simple to make, it involves soaking the rice in the water, then grinding it and adding sweeteners and spices. There's really not much more to it.

          Some people prefer boiling it, however this one gives you a different texture in the water that's just not right. However spices do catch better in the infusion.

          1. re: cookiejesus

            Chufas are called tiger nuts in English and can be purchased here if you want to try the "original," StalinaFeminista.
            I believe I've read (online) that the concept of horchata (agua de chufa) was brought to Spain by the Moors. I think chufa was even the Spanish take on the Arabic word for tiger nuts. I've read several times online the ridiculous story of the word horchata coming from an incident in which a peasant girl served the drink to a passing king/nobleman; he declared the drink (in his dialect) to "or, chata!" ("gold, girl!")