Posted by: Zorymar | February 4, 2012


At the end of the school day, in the square in front of my school, there would usually be a chichero, stationed quite strategically as it was hard for us kids to avoid the calling of the chicha. In spite of warnings from our parents to not buy that drink (obviously for sanitary reasons), and in spite of the rumors that said they hid stolen jewelry in the chicha (rumors which were never confirmed), the temptation was stronger than any scruples or sanitary concerns. “Señor, can you add more condensed milk, please?” you could hear us say, and off we’d be on our way home, walking and chatting, chicha in hand. However, that chicha could never be as good as the one my grandma made for us. I never paid too much attention to how she made it, and I don’t think she had any exact measurements for it, but it was always absolutely delicious. Here is my attempt to make my grandma’s chicha, thanks to instructions from my mom and aunt. As I tasted it, I couldn’t help but think of my dear grandma… Panchola, this one is in your honour, cheers!

10 cups water
1 cup white rice
1 stick of cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Condensed milk
Ground cinnamon

In a large pot bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, salt and stick of cinnamon and cook at a soft boil for about 30 minutes until the rice has softened considerably. Discard the cinnamon stick and let the rice cool for a bit. Stir in the sugar and milk, and then proceed to blend well (in 2 batches) until you end up with a dense, smooth liquid. Place in the fridge to cool. When it’s time to serve the chicha, pour it into a glass with plenty of ice cubes or crushed ice, sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top, and finish it off with a generous serving of condensed milk.



  1. This was perfect!! Venezuelan friend approved!! I did use 2 sticks of cinnamon and added the condensed milk in while blending. It took two blendings to get it smooth (could have been my old blenders fault). Very good with Caramel liqueur too for an adult twist to it! =)

    • Wonderful Kathy, so glad you enjoyed it!

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