Kunu (or Kunnu) which is a popular drink especially among the Northerners, also called “KununZaki”, is an indigenous Nigerian drink made from whole grains of millet, sorghum or corn.
It is a highly nutritious drink, rich in protein and fiber. It is also packed with lots of vitamins and minerals.
This popular drink can be served at events to give guests a refreshing taste.
Procedure for Preparing Kunu
The procedure is quite straight forward, although it takes up to two to three days and you would need to have a blender and sieve to complete the process.
The Ingredients required include:
- 3 cups of de-hulled Millet
• 1 medium sized peeled sweet potato (Optional)
• 2 Medium sized peeled Ginger,
• 1 tbsp. Cloves
• Sugar (To taste)
Direction for Preparation
- The seed is allowed to ferment by soaking for about 48 hours. The water should however, be changed after every seven hours.
- Wash the millet seed properly with clean water then add Ginger, Cloves and Sweet potato.
- Blend all the Ingredients together until you have a smooth paste while adding water for fine consistency. A blender with sharp blades or grinding mill is recommended.
- Sieve the entire content and allow it to settle for about 7 hours, after which you should have a clear fluid above and the thick sediment at the bottom.
- Pour off the liquid leaving only the thick sediment.
- Split the thick paste into two separate bowls, add hot boiled water into one part and stir (mix for consistency before adding hot boiled water).
- Mix the two separated content back together again and stir. Add water until you have achieved the thickness of choice.
- Sieve the entire content again to remove the chaff.
- Sweeten to taste with sugar, refrigerate and serve chilled.