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Is Chicha Morada the Perfect Healthy Drink?

Updated on November 6, 2015

Chicha Morada

As medical advances increase the length of our natural lives, there's growing interest in remaining healthier through those extended years.

Of late, there's much interest in traditional foods from our more primitive pasts. We look to science to validate the wisdom of the ages and to answer questions such as: Is Green Tea better than Earl Gray? Is caffeine bad? Is cooked better than raw? What about alcohol?

One of the up-and-comers on the list of healthy foods is Purple Corn (sometimes called Blue Corn) and one of the most refreshing ways to enjoy the benefits of Purple Corn is with a nice, cold glass of Chicha Morada.

To purchase Purple Corn, click Maiz Morado - Whole Purple Corn.

Here's one of many traditionally-styled Chicha Morada recipes. Although it looks like grape Kool Aid, the taste will be unfamiliar to most people from the U.S.; not unpleasant, but unfamiliar.

For a Chicha Morada that's healthier and more in keeping with U.S. tastes, see the Chicha Morada - Healthier Adaptation recipe, below.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 55 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: the whole family


  • Purple Corn: 1 pound of kernels (or 15 ounce bag)
  • Water: 2 gallons
  • Cinnamon Sticks: 2
  • Cloves: 2 or 3
  • Apple: cored and cut into chunks
  • Pineapple Peels: or a handful of Pineapple Chunks
  • Sugar: 1-1 1/2 cups or to taste
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 cup more or less


  1. Put corn kernels, cinnamon stick, cloves, apple chunks, pineapple peals and 1 gallon of water into a pot that you don't mind staining.
  2. Boil for 1 hour.
  3. Strain liquid into a glass (non-staining) container, retaining the corn, spices and fruit.
  4. Add the other gallon of water to the corn, spices and fruit and boil again for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Add sugar and lime juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  6. Add the 2nd batch of strained liquid to the 1st.
  7. Store under refrigeration and enjoy well chilled.
  8. Garnishes vary by region and include: chopped fruit, bamboo, flags and, of course, umbrellas.
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Kculli is a purple corn that was once a staple of the Incas.

Health Benefits of Chicha Morada Explained

I know a man that had great success using Chicha Morada to control his blood sugar levels. This link explains health benefits of some of the ingredients used in the making of Chicha Morada.

Purple Corn from Peru contains 4 to 11 times more antioxidents than blueberries.

Chicha Morada - Healthier Adaptation Recipe

By adding fruit juice rather than cooking the fruit, this Chicha Morada delivers more vitamins, needs no added sugar and has a crisper, fresher taste than the traditional recipes.


Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 55 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: the whole family


  • Purple Corn: 15 ounce bag of kernels
  • Water: 2 gallons
  • Cinnamon: 2 sticks
  • Cloves: 2 or 3
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 cup more or less
  • Fruit Juice: 1 or 2 cups. Apple juice
  • grape juice and/or pineapple juice.


  1. Add corn, cinnamon sticks, cloves and 1 gallon of water to a pot that you don't mind staining.
  2. boil for 1 hour
  3. Strain liquid into a glass (non-staining) container. Retain corn and spices.
  4. Add the 2nd gallon of water to the corn and spices and boil again for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Add 2nd batch of strained liquid to the first.
  6. Add lime juice and fruit juice.
  7. Store under refrigeration and serve well chilled.

Research has shown that Purple Corn reduces the effects of carcinogens and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Research has shown that Purple Corn has ANTI-OBESITY potential, may IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION, is useful as a DETOXIFIER and is useful for controlling BLOOD-SUGAR levels.

Have You Tried Chicha Morada? - Share your comments.

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      jennifer monzales 6 months ago

      thanks to purple life organic products inc Philippines.They brought Peruvian purple corn powder mix here in the Philippine market and it remarkably proved its amazing benefits to improved and cure diseases! CHICHA MORADA Peruvian Purple Corn Powder drink mix's totally taste so so good! try 1 now. worldwide shipping is available thru an MLM company- Purple Life Organic Products Inc.

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      Azus 3 years ago

      There are many countries, USA included when millions drink soft drinks...without realizing how harmul they are for your health. Try chicha morada and you will find how tasty and healthy is.

      When preparing it do not use white sugar, flavour changes a lot when using brown sugar.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been in Peru and 3 months I lost 28 Lb.,I never changed eating habits, but I drink Chicha Morada at least 3 times aday. I believe that it helped me. I don't exersise, walk at least a mile a day , if not more, not much more.

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      patricia-lopezcabrera 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's right, chicha morada may also drop your blood pressure, that's why we usually drink it in summer.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I can tell you that I have not yet tried this! I surely do love the rich color of it.

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      LaurisB LM 5 years ago

      I live in Peru and love Chicha, which is often served in a pitcher at lunch. Also, Richard is right about coca tea being the drink for altitude.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just a brief comment regarding a pull quote you use here...Peruvian guides recommend Mate de Coca, not Chicha Morada to help with the altitude of Machu Picchu. Mate de Coca slows your heart rate slightly enabling you to breathe in higher altitudes of that region.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chicha Morada is Peruvian, and one of the traditional drinks.. Great lens

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      vincente lm 6 years ago

      What is the difference between Api and Chicha Morada. Is it the same thing. When we were in Bolivia we only saw Api.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never tried chicha morada, but it seems like a delicious drink. At Miami Culinary Tours they tour the Latino communities of Miami and sample drinks like chicha morada and other traditional foods.

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Ohh, thanks for this lens! My father-in-law is Peruvian and we always ask him to bring back this in powdered form and Aji Amarillo paste whenever he visits Peru. We just really like the flavor, didn't know it was actually good for you! I never even considered making it from scratch but will now if I can find the purple corn here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now that's so interesting since we're being told that regular corn products aren't beneficial to us and enter Chicha Morada, the new purple corn wonder food!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @karitina: Maiz Morado,any Hispanic market that carries Peruvian products will have it.

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      KellydeBorda 6 years ago

      Chicha morada is an acquired taste for me - it took my brain a while to get over it not having the grape flavor I expected. Now, i love it and have it with nearly every meal. Of course, i live in Peru, so it's pretty easy for me to find the ingredients. :) Very nice lens - not only good recipes, but great information. Blessed by an angel :D

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      ToTheBrimm LM 7 years ago

      @karitina: This is the only name that I know of. There is an alcoholic chicha but I can't attest to its healthfulness.

      Be Blessed

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      karitina 7 years ago

      That is the name to find it in the market? or have another one. I will try

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      IvoryPearl 7 years ago

      I had never heard of this before. Thanks for the post.

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      CHalloran LM 7 years ago

      I had no idea. Great recipes. I would love to try them.

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I really like the recipe. Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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