How to Make Indian Spiced Horchata

One thing I loved about living in LA was a nice cold glass of horchata, an ancient drink made of water, sugar, rice, and spices, stretches all over the Spanish speaking world. I added Indian flavors.

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How to Make Indian Spiced Horchata Recipe
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Scoop 1 cup of clean basmati rice into a food processor.

Scoop 1 cup of clean basmati rice into a food processor.

2
 Grind it up into small bits.

Grind it up into small bits.

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3
Pour it into a bowl along with 3 1/2 cups of water and the cinnamon stick and cardamom seeds.

Pour it into a bowl along with 3 1/2 cups of water and the cinnamon stick and cardamom seeds.

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Add in the vanilla and sugar.

Add in the vanilla and sugar.

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Stir everything around until it's well mixed.

Stir everything around until it's well mixed.

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Pour it into a container that can be covered. Pop the top on and stick it into the fridge overnight.

Pour it into a container that can be covered. Pop the top on and stick it into the fridge overnight.

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The next day, pour the mixture into a blender. You can do this in two batches. Grind everything up.

The next day, pour the mixture into a blender. You can do this in two batches. Grind everything up.

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While the mixture is getting ground to bits, place cheese cloth over a bowl and get ready to strain your horchata.

While the mixture is getting ground to bits, place cheese cloth over a bowl and get ready to strain your horchata.

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Pour the liquid through the cheese cloth into the bowl.

Pour the liquid through the cheese cloth into the bowl.

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Squeeze the liquid through the cloth.

Squeeze the liquid through the cloth.

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Even though the recipe says to filter it though 3 layers of damp cheesecIoth, I  actually filtered mine 3 times to insure a nice smooth milky texture.

Even though the recipe says to filter it though 3 layers of damp cheesecIoth, I actually filtered mine 3 times to insure a nice smooth milky texture.

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Third times the charm! Finally pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

Third times the charm! Finally pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

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Then pour the strained horchata into a pitcher.

Then pour the strained horchata into a pitcher.

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Bingo!

Bingo!

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Pour the chilled horchata over a glass of ice.

Pour the chilled horchata over a glass of ice.

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And enjoy!

And enjoy!

Ingredients

1 Cup Basmati rice 
Cups sugar 
Cups water 
1 cinnamon stick 
3 green cardamom pods cracked open 
1 Teaspoon vanilla 
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