Kunu is a drink made from whole grains of millet, sorghum, or corn. It is very popular in most parts of Nigeria, particularly in the north, where it originated. It has a spicy, nutty flavor and is high in nutritive vitamins and minerals. It’s also high in fiber and protein.
This drink requires at least 2-3 days to prepare. This is because it is left to soak in water for the first two days to initiate the fermentation process. The trick to making kunu at home is to get all your ingredients ready before starting — this will help you avoid any mistakes or mishaps!
- 3 cups of Millet
- 1 medium sized peeled sweet potato
- 2 medium sized peeled Ginger
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- Sugar to taste
1. Soak the millet seed
You would need to soak the millet seed for 48 hours to allow it to ferment. However, the water should be changed after seven hours.
2. Wash the millet
Wash the millet seed thoroughly with clean water before adding the ginger, cloves, and sweet potato.
3. Blend the ingredients together
Blend all of the ingredients together until you have a smooth paste while adding water for a fine consistency. It is best to use a blender with a sharp blade or a grinding mill.
After blending, sieve the entire contents and allow it to settle for 7 hours, at which point you should have a clear fluid on top and a thick sediment on the bottom.
Sieve out the clear liquid, leaving the thickened settled mixture.
5. Splitting the thick paste into two
Divide the thick paste into two bowls (we’ll call them bowls 1 and 2). Pour boiling hot water over the content of bowl 1 and stir (As if you are making pap).
Add the content of bowl 2 into bowl 1 and stir some more. You can add as much water as you want at this point, depending on how thick or watery you want your kunu. However, it is usually thick.
6. Add sugar to sweeten the taste
Sweeten your kunu with sugar and serve it cold with ice cubes for maximum refreshment. You can also make it warm by adding hot water to the mixture before serving.
There you have it, a delicious kunu drink that can be made at home!