KFB Foodie Talk: How to make Rice and Groundnut drink (Kunun gyada)

For our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and ‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).

Today she discusses how to make Rice and Groundnut drink (Kunun gyada).

You might think
you know everything about drinks in the Northern part of Nigeria but if
you haven’t heard of Kunu gyada then you’re still scratching the
Kunun gyada is a
popular Northern Nigeria drink. It’s a gruel like drink consisting of
rice boiled in groundnut milk. It is usually served in a bowl and more
often drunk alone when prepared thin or eaten like porridge when
prepared thick. It may also be sweetened with honey or honey to make a
savoury dish. Unlike Kunun Zaki which is made from millet and kunun aya
which is made from tiger-nuts, Kunun gyada is made with groundnuts and
rice and the end result is usually a sweet and sour drink.

How to make kunun gyada da shinkafa
• Prep Time:  30 minutes
• Cook Time: 15 minutes

• Total Time:  45 minutes
• Region:        Northern Nigeria

• 1 cup Roasted groundnuts with red skin
• ½ cup Rice (Tuwo white rice)
• ¼ Tsamiya (Tamarind) or 1 lemon/lime
• Sugar to taste
Step 1: In a small bowl, Soak the rice in warm water for about 30 minutes. Set this aside
Step 2: In a different bowl, soak the tsamiya for about 30 minutes also in warm water. Set this aside.
Step 3: Peel the skin off from the roasted groundnuts. In pour
the groundnuts into a blender, add just a little water and blend till
you get a smooth paste. Add water to the paste and sieve the liquid into
a medium sized pot.
Step 4: Cook the groundnut milk and rice on medium heat. You have
to watch it closely to prevent it from spilling. Keep stirring from
time to time to avoid lumps.
Step 5: When the rice softens, it’s ready. Add the Tsamiya or Lemon/lime juice and Sugar to taste. Serve.


Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News.She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books.Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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