Monday, 2 February 2015

Kunun Aya "Tigernuts Milk" recipe

Prior to my first visit to the Northern part of Nigeria, the only type of Kunu drink i knew was Kunun Zaki. But after staying there for a while, i got exposed to the other types such as kunun aya (made from Tigernuts) and kunu gyada which is made from groundnuts and sometimes sprinkled with rice. On the streets, Tigernuts is known as "Aya" in hausa, "Aki hausa"(meaning Hausa groundnut) in igbo and "Ofio"in yoruba.
There are two types usually sold and these are the dry tigernuts and the fresh tigernuts. Kunu Aya is a traditional creamy milk like beverage with a spicy nutty taste.....you'd definitely get hooked once you try it. In spain, tigernut drink is also known as "horchata de chufa". To make kunu aya, you can use either the fresh tigernuts, dry tigernuts or a combination of the two. When using the dry tigernuts, you have to pre-soak it so it'd regain moisture. Tigernuts are rich in minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. They're also rich in vitamins E and C.

How to make kunun Aya "Horchata de chufas"- Tigernuts Milk drink
• Region :
Northern Nigeria
• Misc :     Serve cold


Ingredients:::
• 2 cups Tiger Nuts (I used a combination of both dry & fresh tigernuts)
• 1 medium Ginger

Directions:::
Step 1: Soak the tiger nuts in clean water Overnight. if you are using the dry tigernuts, you'd need to soak it overnight to get re-hydrated and swells a little. 

Step 2: Rinse the soaked tigernuts and place in a blender. Remove the seeds from the dates, wash and place in the blender. Please note that dates are very sweet and when adding them, you don't need to add sugar. If you are using coconut, peel and place the flesh in the blender also. Add the skinned ginger, a little water and blend.

Step 3: With a Pap/Cheese cloth, strain the milk into a bowl. The first milk strained would be thick. Place the chaff back into the blender , add some more water, blend & strain again till the whole milk is extracted. The subsequent milk strained would be lighter than the first. It's always better not to make the kunun aya too light.

Step 4: Place the extracted milk drink in a refrigerator to chill up. Serve cold!



Kitchen notes:
• FYI tigernuts are not NUTS. They are tiny tubers with a hard texture.

Health benefits of Tigernuts
• Sugar-free tiger nut milk is suitable for diabetic people and also helps in weight control, due to its content of carbohydrates with a base of sucrose and starch (without glucose), and its high content of Arginine, which liberates the hormone that produces insulin.

• It is recommended for those who suffer from indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea because it provides digestive enzymes like the catalase, lipase and amylase. The high content of oleic acid has positive effect on cholesterol, thereby preventing heart attacks, thrombosis and activates blood content of soluble glucose. Tiger nut reduces the risk of colon cancer. It prevents constipation.

• Tiger nut contains a good quantity of vitamin B1, which assists in balancing the central nervous system and helps to encourage the body to adapt to stress.

• The milk supplies the body with enough quantity of Vitamin E, essential for fertility in both men and women. Vitamin E also delays cell aging, improves elasticity of skin and helps to clear the appearance of wrinkles, acne and other skin alterations.

• In China, tiger nut milk is used as a liver tonic, heart stimulant, drank to heal serious stomach pain, to promote normal menstruation, to heal mouth and gum ulcers, used in Ayurvedic medicines and is a powerful aphrodisiac (sexual stimulant). The black species of the tiger nut is an excellent medicine for breast lumps and cancer. The tubers have a relatively high total antioxidant capacity, because they contain considerable amounts of water-soluble flavonoid glycosides.

• Consumption of antioxidants could protect the immune system of malnourished populations. The intake of antioxidant-containing foods may delay the progression of HIV infection to AIDS.

• For many years, the tiger nut tubers have been considered to have adequate properties to fight respiratory infections, and some stomach illnesses. To this date, the Tigernuts is considered an effective remedy for diarrhea, according to popular tradition in Valencia, Spain. It promotes the production of urine and this is why it is a preventive measure for cyst, prostrate, hernia, rectum deformation and prolapsed (anal feature-small painful flesh at the tip of the anus) and to prevent endometriosis or fibrosis as well as blockage of the tip of the fallopian tube - Source



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51 comments:

  1. looks tasty. can it be used in place of milk in baking or for breakfast cereal?

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    1. I've never given it a try. Using it for breakfast cereal sounds like a good idea though.

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    2. No. It's not similar to milk.

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  2. Anonymous10:09 pm

    Pls hw can I make a stew dat will ve a sweet aroma n a god n palatable taste

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    1. I'd recommend you check out >>>Tasty Nigerian stews & sauces. There are various stews you could choose from.

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  3. Anonymous12:07 am

    The same day I make Kunu Aya and decide to 'visit' Dobby's Signature is the same day she posts her recipe, and similar too. Cool!

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  4. Anonymous12:08 am

    The same day I make Kunu Aya and decide to 'visit' Dobby's Signature is the same day she posts her recipe, and similar too. Cool!

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    1. Our minds are definitely insync ;)

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  5. Hmm... Looks yummy!
    Nice one Dob-star.

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    1. you're welcome angie :)

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  6. this is healthy, thanks for sharing DobStar! you rock... please try and post kids recipe like once a month for the mothers here please, i know it's kinda hard.... but, pretty pleaseeeee, :(

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    1. It definitely is very Healthy. Posting for kids could be quite tasking but would put that into consideration. Thanks for the suggestion ngozi :)

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  7. Anonymous12:56 pm

    thanks Dobby for your wonderful recipes. in making kunun aya, after sieving, can the milk be boiled and cooled before consumption.

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    1. You're Welcome Anon. No it doesn't require boiling at all after sieving. Just chill in the refrigerator and you're good to go.

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  8. Ada oma, Dalu. On my way to Agboju, ofio seller must feel my little pocket. Thanks, remain d champion you are.

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  9. Thanks a million times the recipes are helpful and i love your blog plz keep it up. the blender you use in blending the Aya plz can u give me the details on how i can get it.

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    1. Hi sophie, the blender is a mini food processor and i got it from a store here in lag (although the last time i checked they where out of stock). Send me your e-mail so i could inform you when the blender is available.

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  10. wonderful post, you are going some where

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  11. Anonymous11:59 am

    Very nice. I tried it out again this weekend n this time i added ginger n boiled it and it turned out to be thick almost paplike n where can i buy dates n can it be used to sweeten zobo

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    1. Hmmm, that sounds nice. Dates can be found in the local Nigerian markets.

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    2. Anonymous4:45 pm

      Can kunu zaki and kuni aya be mixed together

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  12. Dob star thanks for this post. Tiger nuts are very healthy am a living witness. It cures all types of CYST!!!!!! Google and find out.

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    1. Thanks for the info Adanna :)

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  13. Anonymous5:43 pm

    Hey Dobby, good job! Please is it possible to use a juice extractor to juice out tiger nuts milk.

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    1. Yes it is Anon.

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    2. Hi dobby...I tried using juice extractor a my Andrew james extractor almost got spoilt...am I recommend we stick to blender or a foo processor.

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    3. Sorry about that mercy. Yes you are.

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  14. Anonymous8:45 pm

    Hi. This is my first time here. Just to confirm. Are these tigernuts the same as the 'ofio' seeds we usually buy from abokis growing up?

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    1. Glad to have you here Anon. Yes it is.

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  15. I get kunun aya from someone else and sell it in church and I am having hard time meeting my consumers demand. Now with this recipe I want to go try it out myself and see how many bottles I can come up with. Thanks a mil!

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    1. you're welcome oby. glad you found it useful.

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    2. Anonymous9:21 pm

      Nice

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  16. nneka4:21 pm

    Pls wat is or are 'dates'.its one of d ingredients cos I want to start preparing it for my family

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    1. Hello Nneka, clickHERE to know more about dates

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  17. Anonymous5:12 am

    Pls dobby, do we still need to add millet or guinea corn to d aya and date drink. Thank you

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    1. No Anon. That's for kunun zaki.

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  18. Anonymous4:20 pm

    Pls dobby how is ds kunu aya preserved? i tried it, it came out so nice we enjoyed it but the next morning i went to my fridge to have some more of it and discovered it was spoilt already, i felt bad. I need to know how long it can last before it spoilt and the right method of preservation. Thanks

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    1. Hi Anon, you have to freeze it to halt the fermentation process. If the freezer isn't too cold it'd keep fermenting and turn to alcohol.

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  19. Pls is kunu aya fattening?

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  20. i follow you on instagram and you are always available to share and teach. i will definitely try this. thank you

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    1. You're welcome sholzyodes. Glad to have you here.

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  21. Very helpful, i love your blog in a week i have made zobo, kunu aya and kunu zaki. My family loves it. Thank you dobby.👍

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    1. Thanks for the feedback faith :)

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  22. Anonymous1:08 pm

    Very helpful and useful, wanna know how many litres you got from the 2 cups of tigernut u used

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  23. Thanks Debby for the recipes. Please can you help me understand why my kunun Yaa cuddles after some days in the fridge. Thank you

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  24. Thanks Debby for your recipe. Please why does the kunun aya cuddle after sometime in the fridge.

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