Colombian Masato Recipe

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

So we've arrived in Colombia and the flight was pretty good. I'll post soon about how I got on with all my sleeping aids!

Today I have a recipe for you which is popular in Cundinamarca, the departmental region of Colombia in which Bogota is situated.

Masato is a thick, sweet drink, based on rice, so a great option here if you're vegan. The cinnamon & cloves make it seem quite festive to me. I've had masato several times ~ it's delicious and pretty easy to make.

Masato de Arroz

Serves around 5

2-3 cups of uncooked rice
6 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
Half a cup of sugar
Ground cinnamon

1. Put the rice & cinnamon stick in a pan and cover with 2 cups of water. Cook for about 25 minutes or until tender. Take out the cinnamon stick.

2. Pour the cooked rice into a blender with 2 cups of water and blend until smooth. Strain through a sieve.

3. Heat the sugar and 1 cup of water in a pan until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

4. Put the blended rice mixture back into the pan and cook for 20 minutes on low heat.

5. Add the sugar mixture and the cloves.

6. Add one more cup of water and serve chilled sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

Masato will keep in the fridge for a few days. Here in Colombian it's great to drink with different types of sweet breads and cookies, but also with savouries like cornbread or cheese arepas.


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