How to Make Api Orureño

Api is a hot drink enjoyed in the morning. It has the quality of warming the body. Characterized by its unique purple tint, it can be found in nearly any city in Bolivia. If you can get your hands on flour that is made from purple corn, then the rest is easy. (The drink is called api orureño because it originated in the Oruro Department — one of the nine administrative divisions of Bolivia.)


  1. 1
    Mix two cups of purple/white corn flour with six cups of water in a bowl. Let it soak for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  2. 2
    Add some pineapple rind or lemon juice on the following morning. Let it rest for another hour.
  3. 3
    Use a sieve to strain out any lumps that may have formed.
  4. 4
    Put the mixture to cook and add another eight cups of water along with the cinnamon stick and three cloves.
  5. 5
    Stir with a wooden spoon until it thickens slightly.
  6. 6
    Add sugar to taste, if desired.
  7. 7
    Serve with pie, Bolivian buñuelos, or fried empanadas.


  • If it becomes too thick, add a few drops of lemon.
  • Remember to stir the mixture continuously, until it thickens.


  • Prepare the drink over low heat, so as to avoid burning the mixture or causing other accidents.
  • Be careful not to serve the api too hot! Allow it to cool before drinking.

Things You'll Need

  • Purple or white corn flour
  • Water
  • Pineapple husks or Lemon Juice
  • Sieve or strainer
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Sugar

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Categories: Drinks