How to Make Traditional Peruvian Chicha (With Corn) : The Renegade Health Show Episode #856

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Yesterday, we had a great chicha recipe made from quinoa…

Today, we have another great recipe, but this time we’re going to make the chicha in the traditional style – with corn.

Now, we’re not making it with choclo, Peruvian corn, but we’re using organic corn which will be just as tasty.

This drink, like most chichas, is fermented for 2-7 days depending on the amount of alcohol you desire. The fewer days your chicha ferments, the less alcohol there will be.

Take a look at how to make this awesome recipe…

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Here’s the recipe…

Chicha de Maiz

2 1/2 cups fresh corn (off the cob)
1/2 cup strawberry
1/2 cup coconut sugar
10 cups water
1 packet culture starter

In a large pot, combine the corn and water. Place over high heat and bring to boil, stirring now and then with a wooden spoon and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking and burning. When the mixture comes to a full boil, lower the heat and gently simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring now and then. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once cool, strain off the corn and put the water to the side.

Add 1 cup corn and 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1 cup of corn water to blender. Blend well and strain through a nut milk bag. Add this juice to the corn water along with the sugar and culture starter.

Pour into air tight glass containers and store in a dark place. Let ferment for 24 hours (or more if you want it to be stronger.)

Serve with a garnish of lemon slice.

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  1. Tara says:

    So…I’m not clear. Is this a homemade alcohol drink? or a health drink? or what?

  2. Karen Toth says:

    Celebrated Canada’s Birthday on July 1st!!

  3. Dan Hegerich says:

    Hi Annmarie,

    Can you use any type of sugar? Raw Honey?


  4. jackie says:

    Going to the zoo, believe it or not. That’s what the kids wanted to do.

  5. Patti says:

    Looks like I’m catching up on all my Renegade Health shows that I haven’t had time to watch!!

  6. Faye says:

    I am in China and have it’s already the 4th here! Today I am packing to move to another place. Being Canadian I have been thinking about Canada since Friday was Canada Day and today I am thinking about my American friends … I really want to try the chicha!

  7. Nick says:

    I’m doing what Patti’s doing, catching up on my Renegade Health! Lit off tons of fireworks last night so taking it easy this morning. The recipe sounds great, K & A, can’t wait to try it!

  8. Sounds like Johnny 5 wants to try the chicha!

  9. Hey I did my fasting on watermelon juice and I feel great! No talking and no computer either for 24 hours! Great idea! Will do it again!
    Now where to get “the starter” to make the fermented drink called Chicha de maiz. Why not? Sounds like a healthy drink. Besides it is corn season now!
    I have an idea, better invite me to your place to tasted first. That will be an excuse to meet you guys in person. I think you do not live far from where Esther and I live at Stuart St. If you guys are not too busy, give Esther a call and I will visit you with her. She meet Annamarie at the Farmer’s market nearby already. Deal or not deal? I will see you in soon in San Fco. for the great event this year! Aida ,

  10. […] If you want to see these recipes, here is the recipe for corn chicha and here is the recipe for quinoa […]

  11. Debbye says:

    Hi guys
    Love your show I learn so much from you both!
    Your a great looking couple too 🙂
    Any hoot I was wondering how the Quinoa ChiCha turned out!
    Or do you prefer the corn recipe !?
    That’s it thanks for all the wonderful knowledge

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