Champús ia a traditional Colombian drink popular in the Valle region of the country. It's a refreshing drink made pinapple, corn and lulo a colombian fruit.
Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)
- 2 cups of dried corn
- ½ 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
- Soak the dried corn overnight.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the melado, the mashed lulos and pineapple. Stir everything well, let cool and add ice. Add more water and sugar if necessary.
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.
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.
Here in Spain, orange tree leaves? no problem but where on earth can I get Lulo?
Yo encargo el lulo en polvo, marca Tang. Tambien puedes usar kiwis.
You can get lulos (naranjillas) on Amazon. The brand is called "La Fe."
What an interesting drink! I have never had a drink with corn...now I am seriously intrigued!
My husband is Caleño, and when we are in Cali, I always insist on having some champus. It is delicious, refreshing, and good nourishment.
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.
cracked corn or dried cracked white hominy corn
could it be just the can of hominy corn rinsed?
What a beautiful and exotic drink! Energizing too!
Erica -- In the States, have you been able to find Lulu or are you using persimmon instead?
Hi Tom, I found frozen lulos at my local market.
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.
i wouldn't have expected corn in this--excellent and tasty addition!
Platanos Mangoes and Me
You always make the best drinks.
what is a melao and a lulo?
Lulo is a Colombian fruit and Melao is a sweet sauce made with "panela".
Soy caleña ando con unos antojos horribles por champus, pero no se donde puedo conseguir las hojas de naranjo 🙁 estuve buscando y me salen cosas como bitter orange etc but not sure.. Please help!
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I've only seen the frozen lulo pulp. How much do I need to measure in cups to add to the champus? I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for posting all of these great recipes, I feel like I can cook now. LOL OXOXOX