Fresco de Chan or Guatemalan Strawberry Chia Water

Fresco De Chan Or Guatemalan Strawberry Chia Water Recipe

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Janin (MamiJ) Sayun


Chia seeds are called chan in Central America. This light beverage typically uses strawberry essence or flavor, but I listed strawberry syrup instead as it might be easier to find than the essence. If you do have access to it, then increase sugar to 1/2 cup and the essence to 6 tablespoons. It's a perfect companion to any Latin American dish, especially spicy ones.


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How to Make Fresco de Chan or Guatemalan Strawberry Chia Water


  1. Place the chia seeds and a 1 cup of water in a medium bowl. Mix with a spoon until seeds are dispersed in the water. Let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour until seeds absorb the liquid and are plump.
  2. Place the 1 liter of water in a pitcher and add the sugar, strawberry syrup and the juice of the 3 limes. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Add the hydrated chia seeds and mix again. Add ice and serve.

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