Kunnu Gyada

Kunnu Gyada is a popular Nigerian millet and groundnut drink, enriched with aromatic spices and natural sweetness from dates. This nutritious beverage offers a delightful taste of refreshing vibes.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 1/2 cup
    Millet pearl millet or sorghum
  • 2 cup
    Groundnuts (peanuts)
  • 1 cup
    Date (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    Ground cinnamon
  • Water


  1. Rinse the millet thoroughly in cold water to remove any impurities. Drain well.

  2. Roast the millet over medium heat in a dry skillet until it turns golden brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Stir frequently to prevent burning. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.

  3. Grind it into a fine powder using a blender or a mill once the roasted millet has cooled.

  4. Roast the groundnuts in the same skillet, until they become fragrant and release their oils. Be sure to stir constantly to prevent them from burning. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let them cool.

  5. Grind the roasted groundnuts with date into a smooth paste. You can add a little water to facilitate the blending process if needed.

  6. Add the millet powder and groundnut paste in a large pot. Gradually add water while stirring to create a smooth, lump-free mixture.

  7. Place the pot over medium heat and continue stirring as the mixture thickens. Add more water to achieve your desired consistency, like a thin porridge. It should take about 15-20 minutes to cook.

  8. Add the ground spices (ginger, cloves, and cinnamon) once the mixture is cooked.

  9. Continue to cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

  10. Remove the pot from heat and let the Kunnu Gyada cool to room temperature.

  11. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove any remaining solids.

  12. Serve the Kunnu Gyada chilled or at room temperature. You can garnish it with additional ground spices if desired.

  13. Enjoy your homemade Nigerian Kunnu Gyada!


Ensure the roasted millet and groundnuts cool completely before grinding. Adjust the sweetness by varying the dates according to your taste preference.


Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Groundnut and Millet Drink, Kunnu Gyada, Nigerian Millet Porridge
Difficulty: Level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: 30-45 minutes
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients
Taste: Creamy, Fresh, Sweet
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: accompaniments, drinks
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge