Kunu is a Nigerian drink made ofgerminated grain, mostly millet. It is also called Kunuzaki. It is particularly popular in North Nigeria. Sorghum and maize are also used as a substitute for millet in preparation of this drink. It is whitish when prepared with millet or maize, while the Sorghum variant is slightly brownish in color.
Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation of Kunu
Ingredients: Here is a list of ingredients commonly used as per the Kunu recipe-
Grain: Millet is most popularly used for this drink. It is a species of grain that contains small seeds. India is the largest producer of millet in the world, and the grain in used for preparation of various dishes and drinks including beer. Sorghum or maize are other types of grains that may be used in place of millet for preparing the drink.
Sweet potatoes: A plant whose roots are starchy and sweet in taste. It lends sweetness to the drink.
Ginger: This is the rhizome of Zingiber officinale plant, commonly used as a spice or for medicinal properties. It has a characteristic taste and smell, which it lends to the dish or drink it is added in. It has a warming effect on the body.
Sugar: Sugar is often used to taste as per the kunu recipe.
Method of Preparation: For preparing kunu, the millet seeds are first germinated, and then soaked in water for a couple of days. The soaked seeds are mixed with ginger and sweet potatoes, and blended to give a thick paste. Boiling water is poured over half the paste taken in a utensil, and the mixture is stirred into a thick consistency. The rest of the paste is added to this and stirred again. The resulting mixture is allowed to stand for one or two days and then the liquid is separated from the solid components by sedimentation and filtering. This liquid is called ‘kunu’ and is stored in bottles for future consumption. Sugar may be added as per taste.
Health and Nutrition Facts about Kunu
Kunu has a range of health benefits. Millet, the principal ingredient of Kunu, contains a polynutrient called lignan, which has cancer fighting properties and is beneficial in heart disease. It is also known to reduce risk of diabetes. Millet is a rich source of phosphorus and magnesium, and is also recommended for health of menopausal women.