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Category : Beverages & Teas       Region : Southwest ~ California       Rating : 5
Orchata (Ground Rice Drink)

Contributor : Added by Administrator

Tribal Affiliation : Cherokee (born and raised in San Antonio, Texas)

Orgin of Recipe : Offered by Offered by Susan Marie Smith-Kennedy ...who learned this from a Family recipe

Type of Dish : Contemporary & Traditional

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Long Grain Rice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Large Capacity Blender (7-8 Cups)
  • 4 Cups Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions

Place rice in a bowl with enough hot water to cover. Let sit overnight on counter.
Next day, remove the water. Place rice, 1/2 cup fresh water and 2 cups milk in a blender until rice is all ground up.
Add sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend.
Add the remaining two cups milk, and 1/2 cup water. Blend.
Strain through thickly layered cheesecloth (more than once may be necessary; do NOT squeeze the cloth).
Chill and serve. Makes approx. 6 cups.

Note: This is a favorite for youngsters of all ages. Also, the rice starch in this drink is an excellent way to "put out the fire" on your tongue while eating hot/spicy meals. In summertime, add crushed ice to drink to make a slushy.


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