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Imbuljata (chestnut and chocolate drink)


  • 500g dried chestnuts
  • Rind of 1 orange, in strips
  • Rind of 2 tangerines, in strips
  • 3 tblsp cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate (60% minimum cocoa)
  • 5tblsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice

Leave the chestnuts to soak in cold water for 2 hours. Wash well and place in a saucepan covering them with cold water. Boil until slightly tender.

Add all the remaining ingredients, stir gently to dissolve the chocolate and cook on low heat until the chestnuts are soft. Serve warm.


6 Responses to “Recipe: Imbuljuta – chestnut and chocolate drink”

  1. valentina says:

    Sweet Olivia, are dried chestnuts the uncooked ones? I know, I shoul know better. But I don’t darling. so I thought that I might as well get educated. Warmest hugs and happy 2012

    • Olivia says:

      Hi Valentina! Happy 2012 to you too. :) After eating all those chestnuts on our last P2P night then I bet you should know much better 😛 Yes the dried are the uncooked ones, usually found already peeled. Let me know if you try it.

  2. valentina says:

    I will. I came back to copy the recipe down. I’m going to look for the chestnuts to buy.x

  3. Joseph Bartolo says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Wish you a happy and blessed Christmas and a peaceful and healthy new year

  4. Lynn says:

    Ever since my first experience with freshly roasted chestnuts on a corner in Zurich, where you’re handed a warm bundle of joy, chestnuts have been a favorite. I’m lucky- they’re abundant in Northern California now. Look forward to trying your Imbuljuta. Not familiar with this soup but how can you go wrong with roasted chestnuts and chocolate?! Happy holidays Olivia 😉

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