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How to Make Chicha de Maca: A Traditional Peruvian Fermented Drink



Are you looking for a refreshing drink to accompany your meals? This fermented Chicha de Maca recipe is packed with nutrients and has the perfect amount of sweetness. Although this recipe is for fermented Chicha, you can also drink it immediately. 


What Is Chicha Morada?


Chicha is a drink made with corn that can be fermented or unfermented. There are a variety of Chicha beverages that use different types of maize. 

This recipe uses purple corn, making it a Chicha Morada drink. Chicha Morada is a traditional Peruvian drink popular in Central and South American countries. 



What Does Chicha Morada Taste Like?


Chicha Morada is a refreshing beverage that resembles the fermented taste of kombucha or mulled apple cider. This drink is mildly sweet with a slightly nutty aftertaste, perfect to complement any meal. 






What Is Maca Root?


This recipe contains maca root, a cruciferous vegetable that resembles a radish. The maca plant has become more prevalent recently, but it has been grown and used for over 2,000 years. 


Maca root is generally consumed in powder form, capsules, or liquid extract and is indigenous to the Andes and used in many Peruvian dishes. There are three types of maca root: red, yellow, and black. Each variation has different health benefits.


If you want to learn more about the color variations of maca root, check out this article -- The Varieties of Maca Root: Red, Yellow, and Black





Health Benefits of Maca Root


Maca is considered a superfood because of its multiple health benefits!


  • Increases libido for women and men
  • Helps alleviate menopause symptoms  
  • Enhances fertility in men
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Improves exercise performance and endurance  
  • Excellent source of vitamins and minerals
  • Enhances your mood and boosts energy levels 
  • Helps with depression and anxiety 


Learn more about the health benefits of maca root for women from this article -- The Maca Root Superfood - Maca's Health Benefits For Women.


Chicha de Maca: Fermented Maca Drink

Chicha de Maca: Fermented Maca Drink

Yield: 1.5 gallons
prep time: 2 - 6 days cook time: 2 H total time: 2 - 6 days


  • 1/2 cup purple corn flour
  • 1 cup Maca chips (or 1/2 cup Maca powder)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 1.5 gallons of water


Chicha de Maca: Fermented Maca Drink

  1. In a large pot, boil the corn flour, Maca, quinoa, cinnamon, and cloves for about 2 hours.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool. Strain and place in a large container. Add sugar.
  3. Allow to ferment for 2 - 6 days.
  4. Serve cold.
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