How to Prepare Miyan Gyada in 11 Easy Steps

How to Prepare Miyan Gyada in 11 Easy Steps

In the northern portion of Nigeria, Miyan Gyada is one of the most popular dishes. It’s not too difficult to make. Because it is mostly cooked with groundnut, Hausas refer to it as Miyan Gyada while it is called Groundnut Soup in English. In this piece, I am going to teach you how to prepare Miyan Gyada.

Let’s get cooking without wasting too much of your time!


2 cups of groundnut
Fresh pepper, onions, and tomatoes
2 cooking spoons of palm oil
Seasoning cubes
Salt to taste
2 medium bunches of spinach or ugwu leaves

Procedure for Preparing Miyan Gyada

STEP 1: Thoroughly wash the meat.

STEP 2: Place the meat in a clean pot over medium heat. Toss in some onions, spices, and a splash of water. Allow for 20 minutes of cooking time.

STEP 3: Prepare the groundnuts while the meat is cooking. Start by removing the stones and dirt from the groundnut and then place the stone and dirt-free groundnut in a clean tray.

STEP 4: Fry the groundnuts in a clean frying pan for 10 minutes. Allow 5 minutes for cooling.

STEP 5: Using your blender, puree the groundnut until smooth, then set it aside.

STEP 6: Mix the tomatoes, peppers, and onions separately. Before you start blending, make sure you add a little water.

STEP 7: Toss the ground pepper and groundnut into the simmering meat and combine to produce a thick paste. Then;

STEP 8: Thoroughly wash your spinach or ugu and cut or slice it with a chopping board before adding it to the cooking pot.

STEP 9: Pour in the fried palm oil and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then;

STEP 10: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow 10 minutes for cooking.

STEP 11: Your Miyan Gyada or Groundnut Soup is ready for consumption.

Swallow that Goes with Miyan Gyada Best

When eaten with Tuwon Shinkafa or Tuwon Masara, it’s excellent. Teba (Eba), Tuwon Semo, and other swallows are possible. It also goes well with Waina, Sinasir, and Fankasau.

How to Serve Miyan Gyada

Miyan Gyada is best served hot with a glass of chilled water or your favorite beverage.

Occasions to Serve Miyan Gyada Best

It can be eaten as one of the three main meals of the day. It could also be offered at weddings, festivals, walima, and other special occasions.

How to Store Miyan Gyada

It can be refrigerated and so kept for several days as long as electricity is available. However, in the absence of a refrigerator, it will only last a few days, and only if you keep warming it in the mornings and evenings. It’s crucial to remember that, while you can preserve it, the taste will be different than when it was freshly prepared.

Nutritional Value of Miyan Gyada

Miyan Gyada is high in energy and contains nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that are beneficial to one’s overall health.


Although its preparation is not simple, you will find that it is well worth the time you put into it because the taste is out of this world. You should try and prepare Miyan Gyada for yourself or your family now that you know how to make it.

If you find this article helpful, please leave a comment in the comments section below.

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5 Delicious Smoothies That Will Leave You Asking for More

5 Delicious Smoothies That Will Leave You Asking for More

A smoothie is everything with fruits – from tasty to creamy to nutritious and to healthy delicious smoothie recipes. Making a smoothie at home is so simple as long as you have the right fruits and ingredients, once you know how to, you’re stuck with it!

What Is A Smoothie?

A smoothie is a thick, smooth blend of fresh fruits with milk and/or yoghurt. Smoothies are nutritious and fortified with fibre, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and flavour.

Now that you know what a smoothie is, let’s tell you how to make and blend up a smoothie.

How to Make Smoothie at Home

The basic ingredients for making smoothies are fruits, something creamy and a liquid. Sometimes, vegetables are incorporated as extras but they are optional always.

Ingredients Needed to Make a Smoothie


Fruits could be bananas, mangoes, strawberries or any of your choice either fresh fruits or frozen fruits. Fresh fruits give a smooth smoothie while frozen gives it a bit rough appearance.


This involves adding yoghurt to it to improve the texture of the smoothie. You could use plain yoghurt or Greek yoghurt.


This is the incorporation of either water or milk. Milk is my go-to as it has nutrients and richness to this healthy delicious smoothie recipe.

This could be whole milk or coconut milk as it gives vitamins, calcium and protein. Milk also helps to thin out purée and makes it easier to blend in the right consistency.

I hope with this, you’re beginning to have an idea of what constitutes healthy delicious smoothie recipes. In making a smoothie, we start by layering our ingredients from Fruits to Cream to Liquid.


These are what make smoothies healthy as the vegetables are extremely fortified with nutritional benefits. Vegetables are optional though. The vegetables may be; Kale, spinach, cucumbers, ginger, cinnamon.

Sometimes, Seeds are also added to give it a nutty taste but also carry nutritional values. Such seeds may include chia seeds and hemp seeds.

For extra sweetness, you can add in honey or maple syrup. Now, I’ll be sharing with you different kinds of smoothie recipes.

Let’s get blending!

1. Cucumber Apple Mint Smoothie Recipe

Cucumber apple mint smoothie is one of the healthy delicious smoothie recipes you should know about

Ingredients for Cucumber Apple Mint Smoothie







Wash your fruits and vegetables properly in a bowl from running water.

Chop/dice your fruits.

Wash your blender too before use.

In your blender, add diced cucumbers and apples, chopped mints.

For coldness, add ice or place it in the refrigerator after blending.

Add honey and avocado to the blender and give this a blend.

You’ll get a green looking healthy purée.

Your healthy delicious smoothie recipes of cucumber apple mint is ready.

2. Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie  is an easy healthy delicious smoothie recipe to follow

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Iced coffee


Chocolate chips

Coffee beans


In a blender, add iced coffee cubes.

Add whole milk, chocolate chips and coffee beans.

Give this a blend.

Serve this in a glass and top this with whipped cream.

Your chocolate smoothie is ready.

3. Strawberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie Recipe

This 3. Strawberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie Recipe is one of the healthy delicious smoothie recipes to know

Ingredients for Strawberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie






Wash your fruits properly in running water.

In the blender, add in the fruits be sliced/diced banana.

Pour in the milk.

Pour in plain or Greek yoghurt.

Give this a blend.

Your healthy delicious smoothie recipes are ready.

4. Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie Recipe

Orange mango carrots is a tasty delicious smoothie to prepare

Ingredients for Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie Recipe






Wash all your fruits and dice them.

Add the oranges, mangoes and carrots to the blender.

Pour in milk and give this a blend.

Your orange-carrots smoothie is ready!

5. Strawberry Blackberry Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Blackberry Raspberry Smoothie is one of the healthy delicious smoothie recipes

Ingredients for Strawberry Blackberry Raspberry Smoothie Recipe


Black berry





Wash all the berries properly.

In the blender, add in fruits and broccoli.

Pour in milk and give this a blend.

Your berries and broccoli smoothie is ready to be enjoyed.

Are Smoothies Healthy?

Smoothies are healthy as they are extremely fortified with vitamins and minerals. Simply blending pineapple, bananas, watermelon and yoghurt is promised to enrich you with there are nutrients such as calcium, proteins, etc.

How to Store Smoothies

Simply store and preserve the blended smoothies in the refrigerator as this is guaranteed to still be of quality for 2-3 days. Store in a container with airtight covers.


Ta-da! I hope you had fun blending up these healthy delicious smoothie recipes just as much as I did writing them. I’m not a fan of vegetables in my smoothie, I like something and anything sweet so I mostly go for fruits, yoghurt and milk. It still gives the same nutrients but not as much as vegetables do.

Comment below if you tried any of the recipes or if you think I missed any. If you enjoyed this, check out three other different ways of making lemonade I bet you didn’t know about.

How to Make Sweet Home Made Kunun Aya

How to Make Sweet Home Made Kunun Aya

Hello! Our recipe for today is “Kunun Aya drink” also known as tiger nut drink. This drink is gotten from tiger nut hence, the name. The tiger nut comes in two forms – the dry and fresh nuts. Both forms are sweet on their own and both can be used in making this drink but the dry form has to be washed to discard any trace of dirt, stones, and pre-soaked overnight to regain its moisture content. 

This drink is not only delicious but creamy as well. In addition, it requires fewer ingredients and yet is quite addicting as it is filled with nutritious ingredients – trust me. There are different Northern drinks like Zobo, ginger drink but Kunun Aya tops the chart. This is definitely worth trying!


Tiger nuts




Warm water

Procedures on How to Make Kunun Aya Drink

  • Wash tiger nuts of choice thoroughly.
  • In a blender, pour in washed tiger nuts. Use a very good functional blender as nuts will be crushed.
  • Wash and cut the coconut into pieces.
  • Wash dates and take out seeds. If you like, you can soak the dates for at least 30-45 minutes. This also gives extra sweetness to the drink.
  • Wash and mince/grate ginger.
  • Add in coconuts, dates, and ginger. Ginger gives it a chilly taste.
  • Add in warm water depending on the quantity of the nuts.
  • Blend mixture till smooth, thick and creamy.
  • Get a straining cloth. In this cloth, pour in the mixture to strain out shafts from the nuts and coconuts.
  • Squeeze and wring cloth with hands to extract every liquid content from the mixture. Repeat this procedure twice.
  • Your drink is ready. Chill drink and serve when cold.

How to Preserve Kunun Aya?

Simply preserve this in a glass or a container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When it exceeds these days, it starts to get spoil and sour. Therefore, discard when it exceeds 3 days.

If you don’t have a blender, you could take this to a grinding machine. It’s even easier if you ask me. I hope you try this nutritious drink – you’ll be glad you did!

Ways to Serve

Kunun Aya drink should be served cold as it is most enjoyable. It gives brain freeze and also relaxes the mind due to the cool effect.

Occasions to Serve Best

This creamy drink can be served in occasions like Eid celebrations. It can also be enjoyed among friends and family after lunch and dinner.

Health Benefits of Kunun Aya Drink

It is worthy of note that the tiger nuts weirdly belong to the “tuber” family like yam and potatoes. Tiger nuts are fortified with:

  • Source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and E, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. These together help in overall body health and immune system.
  • They are gluten-free.
  • They are vegan too.
  • Also, the are a whole food and as such, serves as a perfect balanced diet.
  • High fiber content.
  • You might want to opt into almond drink but these are richer in taste and benefits.
  • An aphrodisiac: It is believed that consumption of this drink arouses sexual desire and also increases sexual performance.

Now, that’s a very nutritious drink you should try – believe me! Let’s get you to how this delicious and creamy drink is made.


Kunun Aya drink is for everyone and every age as it is fortified with vitamins which is essential in our everyday lives. Try it at home, or even anywhere else. It’s always a nice treat!

Have you tried making Kunun Aya before? Tell us how you did it or what it taste like?