Forbidden Horchata

I love horchata. It’s got a creamy texture and an exotic flavour which gives it an edge over regular rice milk any day.

Horchata is usually made with long grain white rice, but I’ve been wondering what a black rice horchata would taste like for a while now. Black rice has quite a strong flavour. It actually reminds me of the smell of rooibus tea. I didn’t think that flavour would work well with cinnamon, which is the spice used in a traditional horchata so I chose to use star anise instead, which I thought would be delicious. It was!


Here’s the recipe and directions:

Serves 2

4 tbsp black rice

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 tsp star anise powder (you could soak a whole star anise in the soaking liquid if you don’t have powder)

1 1/2 cups boiling water

  • Soak this mixture, covered in a bowl overnight. You will need some maple syrup and vanilla essence in the morning. 
  • In the morning blend the mix really well and then add 3 cups of fresh water and mix well.
  • Strain the mix through a fine mesh strainer and then again through two nut bags , one inside the other. 
  • Add 1 tbsp vanilla essence and 1 tbsp maple syrup.

The horchata can be warmed or chilled.

I sprinkled star anise powder on top. 

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