These Yucca Fries are deliciously crispy on the outside with a soft interior. They are served with a spicy Peruvian aji verde and topped with flaky sea salt. Serve this yuca frita with pollo a la brasa or even by themselves for a delicious snack.
Sundays were designed for cooking, weren’t they?!
When I was a kid, Sundays always meant something was simmering on the stove. The day was filled with lots of food, playing outside, family; and the focus was always to enjoy the thing we never have enough of: time.
What you see pictured is the Sunday food of my childhood. It’s the dish my mom and dad would get started in the morning and let cook in the oven for hours and hours. The smell is intoxicating—it’s the smell of my mama’s homeland, and in turn the smell of Sundays growing up. The other day when I recreated it, I had forgotten for a moment what the smell meant to me; I missed home for a bit.
This is what my Sunday afternoon lunch/dinners looked like growing up. Minus the beer. My mama never gave me beer.
My dad, however, did give me whiskey when I was two. He figured if he let me try it that I’d end up hating it and would never drink it again. I did hate it…until I didn’t. Only a temporary success, papa.
Back to seco.
This stew was designed for a cold Sunday.
I recommend putting on a pair of big, warm socks and prepping this thing in the late morning, sticking it in the oven and forgetting about it for a few hours. When you return, the flavors will be all combined, rich and delicious, and the meat will be so soft you won’t even need a knife. Just a fork will do.
Peruvian Chicha Morada is a beverage originated in the Andean regions of Peru that’s made from dried purple corn, along with fruit and spices. Served over ice, this delicious drink is very popular throughout Peru.
It has been so hot in Los Angeles. This unattractive heatwave inspired me to make my favorite cooling-off-drink of my childhood: Peruvian Chicha Morada. This is what my mama would make me when I was little.
What is Chicha Morada?
Let’s talk about Chicha Morada. This is a drink from Peru. This drink is made from corn. Yes! Corn! Beautiful Peruvian dried purple corn. You can find it at most Latin supermarkets and online here.
Note: It should run you about $4 at a latin market, so amazon is a little bit more expensive. If you’ve watched a food tv show about Peru, you’ll most likely be familiar with chicha as a drink that people make in Cusco, Peru. But it’s actually made all over Peru in varying ways. In Lima, it’s made from boiling dried purple corn.
How to Make Chicha Morada
- Look how pretty the purple corn is! To a large pot, you add the water, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and the peel from a pineapple (waste nothing! and plus it gives it a hint of pineapple flavor).
- Simmer for 45 minutes, until it smells fragrant and all of the flavors have married together.
- Next, it’s time to add the fresh lime juice and sugar. Below it says 1 cup of sugar. This wasn’t super sweet, so feel free to taste it after the 1 cup of sugar and add more if you like!
- Transfer to the fridge to chill for about 3 hours.
- Dice up the apple and add a handful of diced apple and ice to each glass. And then, pour in the chicha morada.
There are different types of Chicha!
Chicha usually comes in two forms: fermented and non-fermented.
That’s not what we’re making today! But if you decided to add a splash of rum or pisco to this, I wouldn’t be angry with you.
Top each drink of Peruvian Chicha Morada with a small handful of diced pineapple and apple. Screams summer time.
If you make Peruvian Chicha Morada, let me know on Instagram!
Peruvian Chicha Morada
- 1 (15-ounce) bag of dried purple corn
- 16 cups water
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 whole pineapple, diced , (peel reserved)
- 1 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 green apple, diced, for serving (peel reserved)
- To a large pot, add the dried purple corn, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, the pineapple peels, sugar and apple peel. Heat over high heat and once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove the chicha from the heat. Place a strainer atop a large bowl and pour mixture through it, catching the large corn ears, pulp and pineapple. Transfer to a pitcher and allow to come to room temperature before refrigerating until cold. When the chicha has gotten cold, stir in the lime juice, diced pineapple and diced green apple. Divide amongst glasses and serve.
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