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Imbuljuta tal Qastan
Imbuljuta tal-Qastan
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Imbuljuta tal-Qastan is a traditional hot and spiced cocoa-based Maltese drink served after midnight mass at Christmas and at New Year’s Eve.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Christmas, Maltese, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 2 cups dried peeled chestnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon spice blend (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.)
  • Rind of 1 mandarin
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
  1. Wash and soak the chestnuts for at least 8 hours.
  2. Drain and put the chestnuts in a pan. Add 4 cups (1l) of water, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa powder, sugar, spice blend and mandarine rind cut in small pieces.

  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until the chestnuts are tender, about 1 hour.
  4. At the end of cooking, break the chestnuts into small pieces with a large spoon without crushing them.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and add to slightly thicken the sauce.
  6. Serve hot in a cup or a bowl.