November 04, 2008

Drink recipe: Chicha Morada (Purple chicha)

The delicious Chicha morada is a traditional beverage of the Peruvian Coast. It is made from a curious type of cereal calle purple corn, which is exactly the same as the regular corn, but in a very dark purple color. It is a very refreshing drink, and mixed with a little ice, it's perfect for summer.


• 1 ½ lb (¾ k) purple corn
• Peelings from 2 lb (1 k) cooking apples
• Peelings from 1 large pineapple
• 4 key limes
• 1 cup sugar, or to taste
• 4 whole cloves


To prepare it, bring to a boil the well washed apple and pineapple peelings, the corn and cloves with 3 quarts water. Simmer for half an hour, and then strain.

Repeat simmering process with same ingredients and 3 quarts clean water. We have to strain and mix both liquids.

Finally, add sugar and lemon juice. Serve chilled.

Note: Add sugar and key lime to the Chicha only when ready to use. In fact, before adding sugar and key it can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days.