Mazamorra Colombiana (Colombian Mazamorra)

by Erica Dinho on May 25, 2010

Mazamorra con panela

Mazamorra is a traditional Colombian drink from the Andean zone of the country and very popular as a side dish to foods such as our wonderful bandeja paisa. It is typically accompanied with panela or guava paste.

What is Mazamorra? It is simply corn cooked until it is very soft.
Mazamorra is known as a drink, but to me it is more like a dessert and the “claro”, the cooking liquid from the mazamorra, is what my grandmother called “sobremesa”, or the drink after the meal.




(6-8 servings)

  • 1 can (29 oz) Hominy (maiz peto), drained and rinsed
  • 6 cups of water
  • 5 cups of milk
  • Panela or guava paste for serving

Maiz Pelao


  1. In a large pot place the hominy and add the water. Cook for about 40 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add the milk and serve warm or cold with panela on the side.
  3. Mazamorra

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1 Belinda @zomppa May 25, 2010 at 9:52 AM

This looks wonderful!!


2 Lori May 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I love learning about the drinks of other cultures. I was going to ask if it was hominy and then I see in the recipe that it is. I really enjoy hominy and it isn’t used nearly enough around here. I actually had no idea you could get it dried until we lived in Brazil. Corn and hominy were used a lot where we lived, but I didn’t have anything quite like this.


3 CARMEN May 25, 2010 at 11:48 AM

no me queda muy claro como se hace , se tritura lo de dentro del bote o como?no entiendo si me puede explicar gracias


4 Erica May 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Hola Carmen- Solo sacas el maiz del tarro lo pones en agua a cocinar por 40 minutos en fuego lento. Y ya se sirve con la leche. Es super facil. Este maiz ya esta cocinado entonces no tiene que cocinar por mucho tiempo. En Colombia lo hacen con maiz sin cocinar y se demora mas.


5 Rachana May 25, 2010 at 2:12 PM

This is a very new recipe to me…looks great :)


6 Patty May 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Incredible! I have never heard of this dish, but it reminds me very much of some of the sweet bean drinks/liquids that I have tried in different parts of Asia. What amazes me is how many similar foods and drinks there are around the world! Even on opposite ends of the world! Thanks so much for sharing….


7 Mari May 25, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I have heard about this before, but this is the first time I see it. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing this traditional recipe.


8 Faith May 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I’ve never heard of this before…it’s so interesting! I’d love to drink a cold glass of it today, since it’s so hot outside!


9 rebecca May 25, 2010 at 5:52 PM

cool drink always learn from you lol


10 sanyukta gour(bayes) May 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

wow..whta bful color..white and lovely drink…
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11 Erica May 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Thank you guys for visiting my site and for taking the time to leave a comment :)


12 Sandra G. May 25, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Erica thank you for this recipe, I have a can of hominy that I did not know what to do with, now I found the perfect thing for it!


13 Greg Yohn May 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM


I thought it has pineapple in it also! Well, it has it in Cali, if my memory is correct!


14 Erica May 25, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Greg- In Antioquia we don’t add pineapple to mazamorra, but I don’t know about Cali :)


15 Greg Yohn May 25, 2010 at 9:29 PM


I thought it has pineapple in it also! Well, it has it in Cali, if my memory is correct!

My wife added …
mazamorra, lulo, piña, clavo dulce, canela, it is masato


16 grace May 26, 2010 at 5:54 AM

a new use for hominy–huzzah! this is really interesting, erica–thanks!


17 Joanne May 26, 2010 at 7:28 AM

this looks almost like a kind of rice pudding or bubble tea! Which means that I would absolutely love it. I’m definitely going to have to try it!


18 norma May 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I forgot all about this. We use to have this when we were litle in Venezuela.


19 tasteofbeirut May 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

How fascinating! I love hominy in posole, don’t think I have ever had white hominy; how fun and simple to make and with the guava paste, I bet it tastes so wonderful, a great contrast of flavors.


20 Francijoe May 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM

I eat Mazamorra with a little sugar, milk and strawberry jam. What is use to make the yellow mazamorra……….?


21 Erica May 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Francijoe- yellow hominy.


22 Myriam May 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM

hola Erika tus recetas son fantasticas pero tengo un comentario acerca de la “mazamorra colombiana” el nombre debe ser “mazamorra paisa” porque la verdadera mazamorra es del altiplano colombiano es una sopa hecha con maiz porva carne, papas, habas arvejas y tallos el maiz se samchcha se muele y se hace la maza para espezar la mazamorra.y el nombre es “mazamorra chiquita” la bebidas frias las llamamos mazato algunas son hechas con arroz, maiz y mana


23 Erica May 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Hola Myriam- Gracias por tu comentario. Ya pensaba publicar las otras mazamorras con sus nombres. Solo que esta es la mas popular en Colombia y la queria diferenciar de los otros paises en sur America por que ellos tambien tiene otras mazamorras, pero estoy deacuerdo contigo. solo que si cambio el titulo puedo causar problemas en mi pagina con google.
Mucos de mis lectores me preguntaban por esta mazamorra y la llamaban Colombiana, pero como buena paisa se que es “Mazamorra Paisa”

Gracias por tu maravilloso comentario. :)


24 Natalia June 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Hi Erica,
I was very excited when I saw this recipe because I loved mazamorra as a kid… So I bought white hominy and tried making it. Followed your instructions, but for some reason it turned out SALTY! Blegh… Did I do something wrong? Please help!


25 Erica June 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Natalia- You have to rinse the hominy before you cook it! Did you rinse it?


26 Natalia June 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Yes, I did rinse it. Maybe I didn’t do it well enough?

I actually have a box mix of Mazamorra (Kind of like this but a different brand) that I’ve been too lazy to make because it takes so long.

Thanks for this recipe though, I might give it another go. It’s just such a great shortcut!


27 Erica June 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Natalia- You have to wash the hominy really good.


28 Natalia June 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Thanks for your help Erica!


29 Oysterculture June 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM

What an interesting sounding recipe, I’ve only used hominy for savory dishes but this drink just sounds so refreshing. I cannot wait to try it.


30 Adam June 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Hi Erica,

I just wrote about mazamorra con canela and while taking some info from Wikipedia, I thought having a recipe in English would be nice to add to it and I found that here! Thanks! I’ve actually had this but it was in Northern Brazil. Canela is also popular there where it is called rapadura.



31 Erica June 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Adam- I love your blog!!!Great job!


32 Anonymous June 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I made this mazamorra and it was wonderful.


33 Támara July 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I am so happy to found this website!!!! I was longing for Colombian food. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!


34 Mauricio July 31, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Yo soy de Panama y nosotros hacemos una comida similar. La diferencia es que hervimos el maiz en agua con palos de canela luego, cuando el maiz esta listo le agrregamos leche enlatada ( evaporada) y leche de coco, un poco de azucar y poco sal.


35 leidy September 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM

erica que bueno haber encontrado esta pagina, yo no soy muy buena en la cocina pero me encanta la comida colombiana, soy de medellin y mi esposo es italiano y el le encata, asi ya podre hacerle unos platos bien ricos, la mazamorra me encanta y siempre le tenia que decir a mi papa que me la hiciera jejeje, pero tu recetas son bien especificada y claras para hacer.



36 alex September 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

pero como se ase la mazzamora de principio sin cocinar el maiz?


37 Erica September 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Alex- Si la quieres hacer desde el principio…..compra maiz sin cocinar lo remojas y lo cocinas por 2 a 3 horas. Yo lo hice de forma facil!!!!


38 alex October 11, 2010 at 7:50 PM

ok muchas gracias lo voy a probar de hacer lo asi de pricipio, luego te digo como me salio okay gracias


39 karol November 19, 2010 at 10:41 PM

ay si me tenes q perdonar Erika, todas tus recetas me encantan, pero esta mazamorra le hace falta algo


40 esperanza April 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Erika, hace unos dias murio my Madre en Ibague, Tolima. Al recordarla, mi memoria me lleva a la Mazamorra con leche y el bocadillo que nosotros llamamos. El senor que la preparaba, pasaba vendiendola por todas los barrios y era una cosa que ella esperaba diariamente. Es deliciosa.
Yo habia hace tiempo oido de que aqui en los estados unidos se llamaba hominy pero no me habia propuesto a buscarla hasta ahora que vi nuevamente el nombre en un plato mexicano. Voy a ir al supermercado esta noche y por seguro esta va a ser parte de mi comida esta noche.

Yo encuentro tu pagina de internet muy util y similar a lo que yo recuerdo de mi patria. Gracias por tu servicio.


41 Erin April 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Seeing this recipe made me smile. When I lived in Cali every morning a man with a push cart and a bullhorn came by 2-3 times a day in my neighborhood yelling Mazamorra. So naturally of course by my second day I had to try it. His was really good but my husband’s grandmother’s was better as it always is. Thank you so much for your recipes I use your blog as my go to when I cook for my husband’s family and I have always received rave reviews!


42 pamela July 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I am sorry but this is the worst thing I ever eaten in Colombia or anywhere. They serve it with bits of chewy candy so you can stomach it. The masamora I had which is very typical of Armenia, Colombia, had bits of dried corn floating in it, and other than that no flavor whatsoever, no salt, no spice, just like you have said water mixed with milk, I thought it was flour mixed with water it was so watery, but could be as you have said here, water mixed with milk., Sorry but horrible! The only way me and my friends were able to down it (as we didn´t want to be rude to our host) was to put the candy in our mouth and swallow quick! The Colombians love it and it is sold on the street corners. Just the thought makes me ill. I do love hominy however, such as pozole in mexico, but masamora, never!


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