My favorite northern beverage.

A picture of processed Kunun dawa (guinea corn)

Growing up in the northern part of Nigeria is very interesting. The northern part of Nigeria is known for a variety of things, ranging from the way the dress, food they eat, dance steps, songs and so on. Their way of life can be quite interesting.

Often times, lots of people who visite the north always look forward to the taste of food and drinks and even their way of life. Talking about the northern drinks; the most popular and common is the “Kunu” (in English known as gruel) also known as kunun-zaki.

Kunun-zaki (also know as kunu) is a popular drink consumed through out Nigeria, mostly in the north. It originates from the northern part of Nigeria.

“kunu” as it is called is a non-alcoholic Nigerian beverage made of germinated grain known as millet, sorghum, rice. All based non-alcoholic beverages are generally known as kunu (housa) whereas alcoholic beverage of cereal origin includes : burukutu, purple, busa, uber, mahewu and kafir.

Various types of kunu.

  • Kunun-zaki
  • Kunun gyada
  • Kunun akamu
  • Kunun tsamiya
  • Kunun baule
  • Kunun jiko
  • Kunun aya

Kunu can be made from millet(pennisetum typhoideum), sorghum(sorghum valgare), maize(zea mays), rice(oryza sativa) and acha(digitalis exilis).

How to produce kunu with guinea corn (known as Kunun dawa)

A picture of dawa(guinea corn)

The ingredients used are :

  • Guinea corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Ginger
  • Soya beans (optional)
  • Sugar

Here are steps to follow in preparing kunu :

  • Remove dirt from the dawa(guinea corn) and soak, could be overnight or just for few hours.
  • Grind the guinea corn and the set aside mixture which is the sweet potato and ginger separately.
  • Pour boiled water to the guinea corn.
  • After about some hours or less add the set aside mixture and stir.
  • Then leave to stay overnight to bring out the real taste of kunu.
  • Filter .
  • Add your sugar (optional) and serve chilled 😊😊

Health Benefits Of Kunu.

  • Helps to promote a healthy digestive system, due to its fibre content.
  • It lowers the cholesterol level and prevents the formation of blood clots.
  • It is recommended for lactating mothers as it aids in increase flow of their breast milk.
  • The addition of ginger in the drink helps with problems such as nausea, sickness and pain.

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Published by Cynthia Samson Balasa

I am Cynthia Samson a Godly, simple and easy going person. Ambitious, loves impacting lives, sharing knowledge and learning.

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