How To Make Kunu Aya Tiger Nuts drink In 8 Ridiculously Easy Steps.
Whether you’re Hausa, from the Northern parts of Nigeria or you’re just a plain die hard fan of the taste of Nigerian Kunu drink, I believe this Kunu drink Recipe will teach you exactly how to make Kunu Aya much more easier than you think!
Kunu Aya (Kunu with Tiger Nuts): A brief history
So for the non-Hausa indigenous who most likely have no clue as to where the origin of the Nigerian Kunu drink begins from, here is a brief backgrounder for you:
Often times called “Kunu-Zaki”, it is a non-alcoholic beverage of cereal family which (obviously) originated from the Northern parts of Nigeria. It’s typically obtained from sprouted cereal grains like sorghum, millet and maize (i guess these ingredients somewhat remind me of what it takes to make Burukutu alcoholic Hausa drink. But that’s a story for another life time).
How to make Kunu Aya drink: The Ingredients
These are the ingredients it takes to prepare Kunu Aya, otherwise known as Tiger nut drink to non-Nigerians.
Tiger Nuts (Called Aya in Hausa)
Ginger (fresh or dried)
Step 1: Wash the Tiger nuts first and foremost to remove dirt and soak in water for about 2 hours so that when you grind it, it would be easier and smoother.
Step 2: Wash the Sweet potatoes, rice and ginger, then peel the sweet potatoes and pound with the germinated rice along with the Ginger. When you’re done doing this, place this grounded mixture in a separate bowl. At this stage, its not time to face our Tiger nuts.
Step 3: Grind the Tiger nuts separately from the mixture of the sweet potatoes, germinated rice and Ginger and set it aside in a different bowl.
Step 4: Put water in a pot and boil, then add small quantity of water in the Tiger nuts mixture and stir.
Step 5: Next, pour the boiled water in to the Tiger nuts mixture and stir for 30 seconds. Now add your mixture of grinded sweet potatoes, germinated rice and ginger. Stir until the thick paste becomes lighter.
Step 6: Now at this stage, there’s going to be lots of chaff settled at the bottom of the mixture most especially due to the Ginger. Hence, you need to obtain a sieving cloth or a sieve to separate the chaff from the Kunu mixture.
Step 7: Add reasonable water to further lighten the mixture, store inside bottles or whatever your choice of storage may be and refrigerate to make it chilled.
Step 8: Ladies and Moms, behold, your Kunu Aya Tiger nuts drink is ready for consumption (my favorite part!)
Side effects of Kunu Aya Tiger Nut drink
Are there any side effects of drinking this non-alcoholic Nigerian beverage? A few people seem to think there are. As with probably anything under the face of the earth, where there is an advantage to something, there is an apparent disadvantage. in this case, the side effect here comes from the risk of weight loss and severe risk to pregnant mothers and their unborn child.
So if you’re expecting…just stay away. Nevertheless, it is important that pregnant women consult their Doctors before drinking or eating any thing…just to be triple sure that what is good for you is also good for the baby.
Kunu drink benefits
Whether Kunu Aya, Kunu Dawa or Kunu Zaki, both have several unique properties that make them beneficial to the body. A few of the benefits and advantages one could get from drinking Nigerian Kunu drink are:
- It contains natural vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, PP) and minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium)
- It provides good natural source of protein (like obviously), cellulose, vegetable fat and healthy oils
- It provides rich source of antioxidants and prevents possible heart diseases etc.
How To Make Kunu Aya (Tiger Nuts Drink)
- Smart Blender
- Plastic Bottles
- Tiger Nuts (Called Aya in Hausa)
- Sweet potatoes
- Ginger (fresh or dried)
- Germinated Rice
- Wash the Tiger nuts first and soak in water for about 2 hours
- Wash the Sweet potatoes, rice and ginger, then peel the sweet potatoes and pound with the germinated rice along with the Ginger.
- Grind the Tiger nuts separately
- Put water in a pot and boil, then add small quantity of water in the Tiger nuts mixture and stir
- Pour the boiled water in to the Tiger nuts mixture and stir. Add mixture of grinded sweet potatoes, germinated rice and ginger
- Use a sieve to separate the chaff from the Kunu mixture
- Add water to further lighten the mixture
- Serve chilled