Chicha Morada

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Chicha Morada
Chicha Morada

Chicha Morado is a typical Peruvian non-alcoholic drink. It's prepared from a base of purple maize, known as maiz morado. While today it can be bought as bottled beverage in every supermarket, traditionally the purple maize is boiled with chunks of pineapple, quinces, cinnamon and cloves in water until the maize is soft and the liquid has taken on the deep purple color.

Cooled and served with small pieces of apples and pineapples Chicha Morada is popular with young and old and a really delicious drink.

LimaEasy's Recipe for Peruvian Chicha Morada


  • 3 cobs of purple corn (approx. 750g)
  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 4l water
  • juice of 4 limes
  • 250g - 350g sugar


Remove the kennels from one (!) cob. Generously peel the pineapple and apples. Place the corncobs, the kennels, the "empty" cob, the skins of the pineapple and apples (keep the fruits for later!) as well as the cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large pot. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 45 minutes. Set aside, let cool down for around half an hour and then strain.

Place the liquid, your self-made chicha morada, in the fridge to get cold. Shortly before serving add the lime juice and sugar to taste. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Dice the pineapple and apples (I hope you haven't snacked on the ones you should have kept for later) and add to the chicha morada. Serve cold!

Note: Only add the sugar shortly before serving. While the cooked chicha morada can be kept in the fridge at least for two to three days, once sugar is added you should consume it within a few hours to avoid fermentation.

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