How to Make Kunun Tamba (Yadda Ake Kunun Tamba)

Updated: Jul 3, 2022
By Fatima Sani
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Kunun Tamba is usually called Finger Millet Porridge in English. It is made using finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) which is an important millet grown extensively in various regions of India and Africa and constitutes a staple food for a large segment of the population in these countries.

This delicacy is widely consumed in the northern part of Nigeria (Arewa). On this note, I would like to teach you how to make Kunun Tamba (yadda ake kunun tamba). Don’t worry as it is easy to make and it tastes delicious when properly done.

Let’s get cooking, shall we?

Equipment for Making Kunun Tamba

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Ingredients for Making Tamba

4 cups of Tamba (finger millet)
1 cup of short-grained rice (optional)
Powder milk (optional)
3 pieces of dried ginger and cloves
Sugar to taste
Water (desired quantity)
A little tamarind (tsamiya)

Picture of Tamba Seed

The picture below is what Tamba seed or finger millet looks like:

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Procedure for Making Kunun Tamba

STEP 1: Get a clean bowl and pour the Tamba inside it. Add water wash it properly and set it aside. Be extra careful while washing it as it is too tiny.

STEP 2: Wash the white rice and set it aside too.

STEP 3: Get a clean mat, pour the Tamba and white rice, and spread them to dry up for about 1 hour.

STEP 4: When dried, pack it properly and put it inside a container. Add your ginger and cloves to it and take it to the grinders. If yours is in small quantity, you could use a blender instead.

STEP 5: After grinding, allow it to cool for 10 minutes

STEP 6: While waiting, you could wash your tamarind (tsamiya) and soak it for 20 minutes. For a faster result, you could just soak it with hot water for just 5 minutes.

STEP 7: Now sieve the grinded Tamba powder and set it aside.

STEP 8: Put a clean pot over your cooker, lit it add water to the pot, and allow it to come to a boil.

STEP 9: Fetch the Tamba flour and put it in a clean bowl that can contain it.

STEP 10: Add a little soaked tamarind to the flour and mix properly to form a paste. Ensure the paste isn’t too thick or watery.

STEP 11: When the water in the pot has boiled, take it down and pour the hot water into the bowl that contains the Tamba paste.

STEP 12: Mix well as you add the boiling water to avoid lumps. Continue doing that until it is well cooked and has reached your desired thickness.

STEP 13: When done, add your desired amount of sugar and powdered milk and mix.

STEP 14: Your Kunun Tamba is ready for consumption.

How to Serve Kunun Tamba

Kunun Tamba is preferably served in a cup while still hot. Varieties of snacks could go with it such as Cin Cin, Sinasir, Wainar Fulawa, Fankasau, etc.

You could choose to take it alone. All good.

Occasions to Serve Kunun Tamba Best

Kunun Tamba recipe is often taken as breakfast. However, it is suitable for consumption any day any time.

You could make it for Iftar (at the time of breaking a fast) or Sahur (before starting a fast) during Ramadhan.

It is also known to increase the breast milk of nursing mothers.

How to Store Kunun Tamba

Kunun Tamba recipe normally lasts for just a day if you don’t include milk in the ingredients. With milk, it only lasts for an hour.

To avoid this and for convenience, you could just make enough for the present need.

Nutritional Value of Kunun Tamba

The health benefits of Kunun Tamba (amfanin Kunun Tamba) cannot be overemphasized. If you take it daily, it can help you regulate your diabetes. It also promotes digestion, helps to reverse skin aging and bone health, and boosts lactation.

In addition, it helps in weight loss, maintaining good skin, relaxing the body, caring for the heart, and maintaining hemoglobin levels.


Kunun Tamba is very delicious and very easy to prepare. If you carefully follow the above procedure, you should be able to arrive at the actual Kunun Tamba recipe you intend to have. Try to make yours and you will actually testify to its preparation’s easiness and delicious taste.

I hope this piece is worthwhile to you. If it is, kindly drop a comment in the comments section below.

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local Northern Nigerian delicacies.

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