Colada de Maizena (Colombian Cornstarch Pudding)

by Erica Dinho on February 23, 2011

Receta de Colada de Maizena

Colada de Maizena is a popular thick hot Colombian drink made with milk, maizena (cornstarch), vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. I e-mailed all of my cousins in Colombia trying to find this recipe. My grandmother made this often when I was growing up as an afternoon snack and it’s been a long time since I’ve had it. I don’t know if it was the weather or the pregnancy, but I’ve been craving colada for a while. I made it last week and it was so comforting and tasted just like Mamita’s!

colada de Maizena

You can also adjust the amount of milk to adjust the consistency of the drink. The same applies to the amount of sugar and how sweet you want the colada. I like mine thick and sweet and I usually eat it with a spoon. This recipe is really easy to make and kids love it!

Buen provecho!

Receta de colada Colombiana



(About 5 cups)

  • 1/4 cup maizena (corn starch)
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean


How to make Colada de Maizena


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the maizena or corn starch with 1 cup of the milk until the corn starch is dissolved and there are no lumps.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk, the sugar, cinnamon stick and the vanilla seeds into a medium pot, then gradually whisk in the corn starch mixture.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until the colada is thickened to the consistency of a thin pudding.
  4. Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon stick and serve hot.
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara February 23, 2011 at 1:54 PM

My mother used to make something like this for us, Erica…she served it with fruit on top. Love the idea of cinnamon.


2 Belinda @zomppa February 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

It’s cold again here and this looks like the perfect solution!


3 tasteofbeirut February 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

This is so similar to drinks and puddings that are made in Lebanon; except we don’t use cinnamon in sweets, rather orange blossom water and rose water.


4 Ivy February 24, 2011 at 12:33 AM

I was just about to say the same thing as Joumama and then saw her comment. We make it may be slightly thicker and call it a pudding and it’s one I make nearly every time I have leftover milk.


5 Michi February 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

My mom would make it like this or with cut up pieces of bread in it. Sooooo yummy!


6 Heather B February 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Mmmmmmm This sounds perfect!


7 Caroll Buitrago Long February 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Hola Erica,

Gracias Dios pusiste esta receta. He estado con antojos de Maizena a causa del frio, no de embarazo ( eso creo) y seguro que la voy a preparar esta noche…Que manjar!!!
Un abrazo y gracias por leer mi mente de nuevo!


8 A Canadian Foodie February 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM

Well how simple is that? And it would be tasty! Kind of like a vanilla cinnamon pudding.
PS Congratulations on your pregnancy! Thrilling!


9 grace February 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

mmm, this sounds tasty! of course, anything flavored with cinnamon is a hit with me. :)


10 norma February 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM

OMG! My nani used to make this for us in Venezuela. Thanks for the memories…I will try this over the weekend.


11 Angela Zuluaga February 26, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hola Erica,

He estado siguiendo tu blog y me encantan todas las recetas que pones, hace rato no como Maizena y con este frio, me has inspirado. Me puedes decir si sabes de mas blogs de colombianos en USA? he intentado encontrar y eres la unica.
Suerte con el embarazo,


12 Erica February 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Angela- No!!!!!


13 Caroll Buitrago-Long February 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Angela, si te refieres a Blogs de comida colombiana, no creo que haya alguno mejor que este, Pero en cuanto a blogs personales, te aseguro que si habra….
Yo tengo uno y aunque no lo he puesto al dia mucho que digamos ahi esta en el mundo cibernetico.
Espero que estes muy bien y encuentres lo que buscas….Por ahora disfrutemos de esta belleza de blog que Erica nos regala.

Un abrazo pa’l frio!


14 Faith February 27, 2011 at 1:05 PM

This sounds absolutely delicious and looks so comorting, Erica! I love the cinnamon and vanilla in there!


15 Nina March 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Mi maizena no me salio buena. :( Me quedo muy aguada. No quise dejarla en la estufa mas tiempo, por que se estaba pegando en vez de ponerse mas espesa.
Me tocara tratar otra vez y a lo mejor con menos leche?


16 Erica March 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Nina- Le puedes hechar mas maizena y ponerla en fuego bajo!


17 Evelyn March 2, 2011 at 12:28 PM

uhiii me llevaste a mi infancia con la colada
de maizena. Tan linda. Felicidades por tu web esta espectacular.xoxo.


18 Courtney March 2, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Hola Erica!

I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, I’m dating a Colombian who is living in Canada, and I often try to make Colombian food so he feels at home, but it’s hard as we live in a small city and in order to have any similar ingredients even, we need to travel 2-3 hours. I’ve tried a couple things from your blog–let me say, most were a success, but anything involving cheese has been deemed a failure by him due to the differences in cheese, but my mum liked what he didn’t, jajaj

I am going to try 3-5 things from your blog this weekend (or at least I plan to), because I have been craving areapas con queso for about a month now.

Gracias por ti, Erica. Espero todos es bueno contigo! (My Spanish is terrible, sorry, jej)


19 Caroll Buitrago-Long March 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Hola Erica,
Acabo de hacer la maizena de nuevo pero esta vez se me ahumo. Porque crees que pasa?? segui todos los pasos auqnue esta vez use la leche 2%, sera ese el problema?



20 Nelly March 23, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Hey Erica!

This recipe is delicious. I made the colada with almond milk and mmmmmmm…great!.. Thanks for share you recipes.

God bless you :)


21 luzma March 25, 2011 at 2:51 AM

Hola Erica por casualidad tendras receta de las empanadas pastuzas con el aji de mani?


22 DowntownFoodie April 3, 2011 at 1:48 AM

I absolutely looove Maicena!! How cool that you guys add vanilla bean. Yum! Great recipe!


23 Marcela December 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Que rico, en El Salvador tenemos un postre muy similar…quiero probar!!!


24 Maria C August 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I prepared my colada today, I’m pregnant and craving Colombian food every day. I’m going to check on other of your recipes to see what I would like to have tomorrow.

Great page.


25 Carolina March 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

You’re a lifesaver! I was craving this and I couldn’t get a hold of my mom. Que rica que me quedo, gracias!


26 Teri October 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Thanks for sharing this recipe, when I was stayed at the hospital in Costa Rica because of problems with my pregancy, I and all the other ladies with gestational diabetes were given this to drink in the evening as our snack to tide us over till breakfast. Now that I have a son who is allergic to corn and milk I wanted to make this recipe with his special formula -this should hide the taste of it- and cassava starch because hes also allergic to corn. I was not able to find the recipe anywhere till I found yours, it looks like what I had at the hospital, yum! again thanks for sharing!


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