How to Make Your Kunun Tsamiya in 9 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Kunun Tsamiya in 9 Easy Steps

Kunun Tsamiya recipe is a northern Nigerian delicacy that is mainly made from powdered millet and tamarind (tsamiya) – that is where the name even came from. It is a very common drink among the Hausas especially for nursing mothers as it is believed that it helps increase breast milk.

Without any delay, let’s get into how it is been prepared. Allow me to be your guide

Equipment for Making Kunun Tsamiya.




Cooking pot



2 cups of powdered millet.

Tamarind in the quantity desired.

Spices (dried pepper, ginger, cloves.



Procedure for Preparing Kunun Tsamiya

STEP 1: Wash the millet and soak it for 6 hours. You could soak it overnight if you intend to make it in the morning.

STEP 2: By now, the millet grains are soft. Wash again with clean water and add your spices – dried pepper, ginger, and cloves.

STEP 3: Take it to grinders to grind it for you. After grinding, leave it to cool for 10 minutes.

STEP 4: Add more water to the ground millet to enable you to sieve it well and set it aside.

STEP 5: Over medium heat, place a clean pot and add water and tamarind into the pot. Allow it to boil. Alternatively, you could soak it for 30 minutes if you have enough time to spare.

STEP 6: Pour the powdered millet into a clean bowl and add some water. Stir it very well with a spoon of your choice.

STEP 7: When STEP 5 has reached boiling point, take it down and pour the boiling water into the mixed millet powder.

STEP 8: After that, start stirring it gently. But when it gets too thick for your liking, you can still add some water.

STEP 9: Add sugar to your taste to the Kunun Tsamiya and you are done!

As easy as that!

How to Serve Kunun Tsamiya

You can take Kunun Tsamiya recipe with Akara (Beans Cake), Kuli-Kuli (Groundnut Cake), Cincin, or any snack of your choice. It will interest you to know that you could just take this recipe alone without anything to go with it – it tastes just fine.

Occasions to Serve Kunun Tsamiya

To the best of my knowledge, there are no special occasions for the consumption of this pap recipe. This means that it can be consumed anywhere and anytime. Well, as I said earlier, it is advisable for breastfeeding mothers to take it as it is said to increase breast milk flow.

How to Store Kunun Tsamiya

Kunun Tsamiya recipe in its best quality does not last for more than 24 hours. In addition, it cannot be stored in a refrigerator. On that note, I suggested you make just enough for present consumption.

Nutritional Value of Kunun Tsamiya

Kunun Tsamiya’s health benefits cannot be overemphasized as it helps in heart health, diabetes management, and helps prevent asthmatic symptoms because of the millet in it.

Because of the Tamarind in it, it helps boost the immune system, improves digestion, improves blood circulation, aids weight loss, fights cancer and rapid aging among others.


As you have seen, this recipe is easy to make but for its taste, you will need to prepare it to feel it firsthand. So tell me, when do you intend to make it? For a change, try and make this for breakfast for yourself or your family.

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