How to Make Kunu Drink

Kunu is a famous Northern Nigeria drink. Due to its unique sweet taste, its consumption has spread to every nook and cranny of Nigeria. It can be produced from grains such as sorghum, millet and rice.

Millet produced kunu is referred to as Kunu zaki while the rice produced is Kunu gyada. It is to be noted that it can be made from maize too. Kunu is quite unique and different from all other drinks due to its spicy nut like flavor.

Health benefits of Kunu

Kunu has nutritional benefits courtesy of its constituents. The millet used in making kunu has lignam which is a polynutrient with cancer fighting properties. It can also be used in heart disease treatment.

Kunu helps to relax muscles which is essentially good for women who have reached menopause. It is also good for nursing mothers, it helps flow of breast milk due to its ginger content. Kunu prevents blood clots formation as well as reduction of cholesterol level.

The fibre content of kunu helps the digestive system.

Ingredients for Kunu

4 cups of millet

½ of Sweet potatoes (dry or fresh)

3 tablespoon of sugar

2 tablespoon of ginger (fresh or dry)


Water (2litres)

Kunu Drink Preparation Steps

Preparation of kunu may take not more than 2 days on the average. This is due to the fermentation process triggered by soaking of the millet in water. Below is step by step guide;

Pour the millets into a tray and shake the tray in order to make the stones in the millet move to the one side for easy removal.

In a bowl  containing water, pour the millet. This will help to isolate the remaining stones as it settles at the base of the bowl. Carefully pack out the millet.

Get a bowl of clean water and pour in the millet for about 12 hours. You may do this overnight.

Pour ginger, cloves as well as sweet potatoes and pound together. After pounding, blend all the pounded ingredients with millet.

Mix the blended millet into paste. After forming the paste, split into two and keep one parts. Mix one part with boiling water and stir until it becomes thick.

After it becomes as thick as pap, allow it to cool by leaving it uncovered for a while. For the other portion that was kept aside, pour it in, stir it for a while and it will later become watery. When this happens, keep calm, its a normal occurrence.

Leave the mixture to rest overnight. In the morning, sift the drink and add sugar as much as you like(!).

Your kunu is now ready. You may refrigerate it and served chilled.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make Kunu Drink

  • March 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the kunu lesson, but what if i want to use dry or powder millet, is still same process? Will i mix the raw powder with cold water to steer into the cooked one?

    • March 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      I actually haven’t tried the powdered millet version because of fermentation and taste concerns. However, if the powdered version has been fermented, then I think it’s ok to mix it into the cooked one. The kitchen is really all about experimentation so try it and let us know. Thanks.


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