Chicha Morada, Peruvian Purple Corn Drink

The roots of chicha morada can be traced back long before the Inca Empire. Chicha morada is a traditional Peruvian purple corn drink. While most popular through out the year, it certainly is the beverage of choice during the summer months. This refreshing drink is typically made from purple corn or, maiz morado, grown in the Andes mountains.

The process of making it involves boiling the purple corn or maize with other fruits, cinnamon, and cloves and adding sugar and lime juice. Since it’s a non-alcoholic drink it is equally enjoyed by both Peruvian children and adults alike. Be forewarned though, the purple stains left from spills can be difficult to get out. However, the sweet and fruity flavor is worth the risk for many as it is served not only on special occasions but everyday meals as well.

Chicha morada ingredients can be purchased at any Peruvian supermarket. If that’s not an option it can be bought already bottled, as a chicha morada mix or made from scratch using maiz morada (purple corn).  Here’s a good chicha morada recipe. The aroma it gives off while it cooks is incredibly unique.

If you have your own good recipe or comment please share below. We’d love to hear from you! If you love purple foods read about El Mes Morado and the Peruvian dessert most closely associated with it.

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