Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

by Erica Dinho on May 3, 2014

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

This is a traditional cold drink from the department of El Valle del Cauca, located in the pacific region of Colombia. Champús is a very refreshing drink served with a lot of ice, made with dried corn, pineapple, panela, mashed lulo, cinnamon, cloves and orange tree leaves. I didn’t find the orange tree leaves, so I used orange zest instead for this recipe.

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Street vendors with their carts are on virtually every corner in El Valle del Cauca selling this refreshing drink, but you’ll also find it served in restaurants as well. Champús is the perfect drink for warm summer days although it’s practically a snack by itself. I Hope you like it as much as I do.

Buen provecho!

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dried corn
  • 1/2 pound panela
  • 7 lulos, peeled and mashed
  • 1 pineapple peeled and chopped
  • 4 leaves of orange or 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Directions

  1. Soak the dried corn overnight.
  2. Rinse it well and place it a large pot with the water and cook over medium heat until the corn is soft, about 2 to 3 hours, stir occasionally, while adding more water if needed.
  3. When tender, remove a cup of corn, grind and then return it in the same water. Apart prepare a melao with 1 cup of water, panela, the orange leaves, cloves and cinnamon.
  4. Add the melado, the mashed lulos and pineapple. Stir everything well, let cool and add ice. Add more water and sugar if necessary.
  5. Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

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1 Alan Bowman May 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Here in Spain, orange tree leaves? no problem but where on earth can I get Lulo?

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2 Consuelo May 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Yo encargo el lulo en polvo, marca Tang. Tambien puedes usar kiwis.

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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

What an interesting drink! I have never had a drink with corn…now I am seriously intrigued!

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4 Linda Collazos May 3, 2014 at 6:57 PM

My husband is Caleño, and when we are in Cali, I always insist on having some champus. It is delicious, refreshing, and good nourishment.

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5 Jorge May 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Hi Erika, thanks for this very interesting recipe, have a question, what kind of corn do you use?

Also I see you are getting more into photographing your recipes, perhaps one of such photos should include a shot with all the ingredients. I always find this system helpful particularly when using ingredients I am not familiar with.

Thanks,

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6 Erica Dinho May 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

cracked corn or dried cracked white hominy corn

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7 ela@GrayApron May 5, 2014 at 4:31 AM

What a beautiful and exotic drink! Energizing too!
:) ela

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8 Tom McManus May 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Erica — In the States, have you been able to find Lulu or are you using persimmon instead?

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9 Erica Dinho May 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hi Tom, I found frozen lulos at my local market.

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10 Consuelo May 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Yo encargo el lulo en polvo, marca Tang de Colombia. Tambien puedes usar kiwis. O tambien venden la pulpa de lulo congelada marca Goya in The States.

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11 grace May 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

i wouldn’t have expected corn in this–excellent and tasty addition!

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12 Platanos Mangoes and Me May 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

You always make the best drinks.

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