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Panamanian Chicheme Recipe

Delicious Panamanian chicheme drink, made with corn and milk plus a few spices, and full of flavor. Try it out you will love it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Panamanian
Servings: 10 portions
Calories: 365kcal

Equipment

  • a bowl or a strainer
  • an instant pot or a dutch oven or a big pot or a slow cooker
  • a ladle

Ingredients

  • 1 bag chicheme (300 g)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Instructions

Prep

  • Check the bag to remove any pebbles or bad grains and wash them.

Instructions for Pressure Cooker:

  • Add the corn kernels to the pressure cooker along with a cinnamon stick. Add water until the grains are covered (approx 6 cups of water).
  • Select the high pressure option, and cook for 35 minutes. It will take approximately 12 minutes to reach pressure.
  • Once the time passes, wait 10 minutes for it to release pressure naturally and then move the valve to release the remaining pressure. Uncover and remove the cinnamon stick. Check that the grain is soft but not falling apart, use a spoon and press a grain if it falls apart with a little pressure it is ready.
  • Add the ingredients one by one and mix between each ingredient (evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon powder), this ensures that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once it cools down a bit, you can place it in a jar and put it in the fridge. Once it is cold, serve and drink. If you prefer you can eat it hot. To enjoy!

Instructions for Slow Cooker:

  • Add the corn kernels to the slow cooker along with a cinnamon stick. Add water until the grains are covered (approx 6 cups of water).
  • Select the "LOW" option, and cook for 8 hours.
  • Once time passes, uncover and remove the cinnamon stick. Check that the grain is smooth but not falling apart. Use a spoon and press a grain if it falls apart with a little pressure it is ready.
  • Add the ingredients one by one and mix between each ingredient (evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon powder), this ensures that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once it cools down a bit, you can place it in a jar and put it in the fridge. Once it is cold, serve and drink. If you prefer you can eat it hot. To enjoy!

Instructions for Pot on the stove:

  • Add the corn kernels to the large pot along with a cinnamon stick. Add water until grains are covered (approx 6 cups water).
  • Cook over medium heat for 1 hour. You must make sure that the water does not evaporate. The grain must always be covered with water. Every 15-20 minutes check that the pot has enough water. If needed, add more.
  • Once time passes, uncover and remove the cinnamon stick. Check that the grain is soft but not falling apart, use a spoon and press a grain if it falls apart with a little pressure it is ready. Turn off the stove.
  • Add the ingredients one by one and mix between each ingredient (evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon powder), this ensures that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once it cools down a bit, you can place it in a jar and put it in the fridge. Once it is cold, serve and drink. If you prefer you can eat it hot. To enjoy!

Notes

  • If it is very liquid, you can cook them for a few minutes to thicken, this applies to any of the cooking methods.
  • In the pressure cooker select the sauté function and leave it for a few minutes.
  • In the slow cooker you can put it on "HIGH" for a few minutes, checking the point of thickness you prefer.
  • On the stove over medium heat for a few minutes, checking the point you prefer in thickness.
  • Condensed milk: If you don't have it, you can use two cans of evaporated milk. To sweeten you can start with 1⁄2 cup of sugar and add additional to taste.
  • To give it a different flavor, you can use coconut milk, so it gives a Caribbean touch.
  • If you would like a vegan option, you should only replace the cow's milk with the almond, coconut, or even cashew drink. It will taste different but I am sure it will be delicious.
  • You want to make it a little less caloric, replace the condensed milk and evaporated milk, with skim milk and use your preferred sweetener to taste.
  • Storage: Once cool, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or jar with a lid for up to 3 days. If it lasts that long 😋
  • Reheat: In case you like to eat it hot like me. You can use a microwave for a minute and a half and you can add a splash of milk that you have on hand to make it a little more liquid.
  • If you prefer, you can blend it with a little more milk so that it is more liquid and you don't have to eat it with a spoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 76.2g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 1.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 1.3mg | Sodium: 42.3mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 5.2g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 7mg