Sep 14 2011

Recipe from Colombia: Champú drink

CFCA-Cali, Colombia, recipe for champu beverage

A champú drink from the CFCA project in Cali, Colombia.

CFCA serves more than 20,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia. Our staff members there sent us this refreshing recipe for a champú drink!

This recipe makes about 25 medium-size glasses and takes several days to make. It uses the lulo fruit, which tastes like tangy pineapple or a combination of lime and rhubarb. Concentrate from the fruit juice may be purchased online.


  • About 1.3 gallons (5 liters) of purified water
  • 1 pound of ground corn (to be added to water; known as “pinole”)
  • 1.5 pounds of panela candy, or candy made out of sugar cane syrup
  • 12 large lulo fruit
  • 1 small pineapple cut in tiny squares
  • 1 cup of bitter orange juice (a normal orange is OK, but the more bitter, the better)
  • 10 leaves from the bitter orange tree
  • 5 small sticks of cinnamon
  • 5 cloves

Soak the ground corn in water for three days, changing the water every day. Don’t touch the corn with your hands while changing the water as it could become bitter.

After three days, wash the corn and cook it for one hour. Take one cup of corn and liquefy it with a little water.

Mix the panela candy with a little water. Add cinnamon, cloves and bitter orange leaves.

Cut the lulos in half and smash them by hand. Add corn and mix. Then add orange juice and pineapple. Mix well in a blender and let it rest.

Serve the beverage cold; you can also add some ice.

Related links:

Letter to CFCA sponsors: ‘A dignified place to house my family’

Notes from the field in Colombia

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