Kunu Zaki drink is a popular drink made from whole grains of millet and sometimes sorghum or corn. The variety of drink made from sorghum is a milky light-brown colour; while that made from millet and corn is whitish in colour. It’s quite popular in most parts of Nigeria especially the Northern part where it originates from.
It’s got a unique spicy, nutty flavour and it’s packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals. Also, it is rich in protein and high in fiber. Preparation of this drink takes about a minimum of 2-3 days. This is because, for the first two days, it’s left to soak in water so as to trigger the process of fermentation.
Making Kunu Zaki at home is quite easy. Here’s how to make it.
How to make “Kunu Zaki” drink
- Pap Sieve
- 3 cups Millet (de-hulled)
- 1 medium sized Sweet potato, peeled- Optional
- 2 Medium sized Ginger, peeled
- 1 tbsp. Cloves (Konofiri)
- Sugar (To taste if you’re not using sweet potato) – Optional
1). Soak the seeds in water for 48hours to allow the seeds ferment making sure you change the water every 7 hours.
2). Wash thoroughly with clean water and place the millet, Ginger, Cloves (Konofiri) & Sweet potato in a blender (You need one with sharp blades) and blend till you have a smooth paste making sure you add water while blending to allow it blend smoothly.
3). Place the blend in a large bowl and pour cold water over the paste (This is to make it easier to sieve) and mix. Gently pour the slurry into the sieving bag and sieve the mixture. Discard the chaff
4). Leave the sieved out liquid to settle for about 7 hours, by then the clear liquid would be above the sediment (thick paste below). Sieve out the clear liquid leaving the settled mixture which should be thick.
5). Divide the thick paste into two bowls (Let’s say bowl 1 & 2). Pour boiling hot water over the content of bowl 1 and stir (As if you are preparing pap). Add the content of bowl 2 into bowl 1 and stir some more. At this stage, you can add as much water as you want depending on how thick or watery you want your kunu. It’s usually thick though.
6). Sweeten with sugar, Refrigerate & Serve Chilled.
Health Benefits of Kunu Drink:
- Digestion: Ginger is one of the ingredients used in making Kunu. Ginger is known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate bile and saliva production, and suppress gastric contractions as fluids and food move via the gastrointestinal tract. The rich fiber components of the grains used in making Kunu prevents constipation and aids easy bowel movement.
- Protects the heart: Millet used in making Kunu contains a poly nutrient known as lignin which contains cancer-fighting properties. It also contains a lot of magnesium and potassium which both play important roles in reducing blood pressure.
- Muscle Relaxant: Kunu is reputed to act as a muscle relaxant; the effect which is very beneficial for working out or long physical exercises.
- Kunu contains Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps boost immunity, promote healthy skin, fight cardiovascular diseases, and prevent cancer.