Chicha de Maní - (Bolivian - Peanut Beverage)
1.1 pound peanuts, peeled and toasted
1⁄2 cup almonds, peeled
1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
2.2 pounds of quinoa, washed
1 cup rice, washed
2 cups sugar
1⁄2 cup water
71⁄2 cups water to cook quinoa
WHAT YOU DO
1. In a mill or grinding machine, grind the toasted
peanuts with almonds, coconut, and rice, until obtaining a very
fine paste. If the paste is too dry, add a little water to grind
2. In a large pot, pour sugar and water. Bring
to boil and cook until the mixture acquires a syrup texture.
Add paste to syrup and bring to a boil. Cook over low
heat until mixture dries. Stir constantly. Let it cook for an
hour and a half. Remove from heat and pour mixture in a container.
Cover until used.
4. In a large pot, put washed quinoa with 71⁄2
cups of water. Let it cook over high heat for about an hour, or
until quinoa bursts. Remove from heat. In the same pot or in a
ceramic container, let cooked quinoa ferment for two or three
days. Store in a warm place.
5. In order to prepare chicha, strain fermented
liquid in a large container. Add the peanut paste already prepared.
6. To serve, add more sugar if desired. Sprinkle
with ground cinnamon on top.
Note: It is better not to keep prepared chicha
for more than one day. Mix only what will be consumed during the