Easy Chicha Morada Recipe (Purple Corn Drink)

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Chicha Morada Recipe - Purple Corn Drink

Try making this chicha morada recipe at home and you will instantly be taken away to the picturesque land of ancient Peru, where you will feel like a powerful Mayan emperor (the drink was reserved only for the royal kings of Peru).

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Hey, if you have already traveled to the wonderful land of Peru, you have already tasted the incredible Chicha Morada drink, it’s a traditional Peruvian drink, and the main ingredient is purple corn.

As a typical Peruvian drink, chicha morada is also called cocktail of the Incas.  Follow the easy recipe below and discover the benefits of this delicious homemade drink!

Purple corn?

Purple corn is a type of corn variety grown in the Andes. With its distinguishing purple color, this purple corn is used to prepare a delicious and nutritious refreshing drink, Chicha Morada, as well as a tasty dessert, Mazamorra Morada. It’s an excellent natural source of antioxidants and anti radicals, this purple corn facilitates blood circulation and helps reduce cholesterol. It is an Andean ancestral food, and it is an indispensable ingredient to prepare our favorite drink the CHICHA MORADA!

The current production have spread around its geographical land that is now mainly in Peru: but nowadays, it is also cultivated in the areas of Lima, Ancash and Arequipa, in the mountains at more than 3,000 m of altitude.

 

So, what is chicha morada?

 

Chicha Morada is a very popular drink in Peru. Though, be careful not to confuse it with the chicha de jora, a drink made from fermented corn, with which she has nothing in common.

If you’ve ever traveled to Peru, you’ve probably noticed two (non-alcoholic) drinks: the Inka Kola, a yellow drink made with the head of Aztec as a logo and the chicha Morada which is a purple and opaque drink that is very popular with Peruvians.

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The color of the beverage comes from the purple corn that is used. It is a typical Peruvian type of corn that has many antioxidant properties, but is also known for its ability to promote tissue regeneration, lower cholesterol levels, and promote blood circulation. It may be these benefits that encourage Peruvians to consume it almost daily and have helped make the chicha morada as popular as it is today!

This drink is very easy to make and it is found on the tables of virtually all Peruvian restaurants. In hot weather, the chicha morada will be served with ice and some will put a touch of lemon. In winter, the drink will be served hot, directly after boiling. A true delight.

 

From the moment you have a little purple corn, the recipe for chicha morada becomes quite easy to make. First you need to find a large pot and add three liters of water to it. Then we dip into it ½ kilo of corn, a pineapple peel, as well as cinnamon and cloves to taste. Then bring everything to a boil, until the corn grains open or crack. Finally, it is necessary to filter the preparation to keep only the purple liquid. If you want to consume the hot drink, go right away. If you want to cool down, add the equivalent of two lemons to it and place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired temperature.

 

Homemade chicha morada recipe

 

Without more preamble, I leave you a recipe (made in my way of course) of the chicha.

The fastest method is, of course, to buy chicha morada in bottles or cans, but it will never taste the same as the homemade version.

Ingredients :

  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 cloves
  • Pineapple (3 slices of pineapple)
  • 1 Apple (cut into pieces)
  • 1 lime (cut in half)
  • purple corn (4 tsp for 2 liters of water)
  • And about 1 liter of pure water
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Preparation :

  1. First pour into a saucepan 2 liters of water, boil for a few minutes, then add cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, apple, lemon, do not forget 4 tablespoons of purple corn.
  2. Allow to boil for 1 hour max.
  3. Once the water boils, lower the heat and let it brew for a few more minutes.
  4. Strain everything with the help of the colander, once filtered add honey to your taste, and that’s it ! don’t forget to refrigerate for an ultra reflective drink.
  5. I leave you with 30 seconds of my preparation in video, the purple corn but it is a gift from the pachamama
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Easy Chicha Morada Recipe (purple corn drink)
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cinnamon
  • 7 clove
  • Pineapple (3 slices of pineapple)
  • 1 Apple (cut into pieces)
  • 1 lime (cut in half)
  • purple corn (4 tsp for 2 liters of water)
  • And the 1 liter of pure water
Instructions
  1. First pour into a saucepan 2 liters of water, boil for a few minutes, then add cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, apple, lemon, do not forget 4 tablespoons of purple corn.
  2. Allow to boil for 1 hour large max.
  3. Once the water boils, lower the heat and let it brew for a few more minutes.
  4. Strain everything with the help of the colander, once filtered add honey to your taste, and that's it ! don't forget to refrigerate for an ultra reflective drink.
  5. I leave you with 30 seconds of my preparation in video, the purple corn but it is a gift from the pachamama
 

It’s ready! Feel free to drink it fresh, and even add a few ice cubes in there.

 

Enjoy !!

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