Tiger Nut Milk

Tiger nut milk

Tiger nut milk is one of the tastiest and most delicious drink that is made in Nigeria. For the best result, I combine with dates and serve chilled.

Tiger nut milk

Tiger nut milk Benefits

I will start by telling you about tiger nut milk benefits. I have learned that most of the nutrient required for our optimum health is naturally embedded in some fruits and vegetables.

I have written lots of articles in the last few months about Healthy Nigerian foods and how to switch to healthy foods without inconveniencing yourself.

For starters, you could start stocking this milk instead of sodas.

Here are some benefits to drinking tiger nut milk.

1. Tiger nuts contain more than 15 different elements and nutrients including fiber, calcium, potassium, Zinc, Iron, and Vitamins.

Fiber is good for an easy bowel movement and may help with food digestion and also prevent constipation in kids and adults.

2. This milk has been used historically to boost libido and increase sperm count. It acts and a natural aphrodisiac.

It could just be what you need to get back your sex life. ๐Ÿ˜€

3. The most important tiger nut milk benefit is surely the fact that it tastes so good and quenches your thirst.

4. Certain researchers were able to ascertain that tiger nut extract was capable of fighting some harmful bacterias in the human body.

Hence, drinking this milk helps your immune system and ultimately helps in establishing a defense against bacterias like E.coli, staphylococcus and Salmonella Typhi.

Where to Buy Tiger Nuts in Nigeria

aki hausa
This drink is quite popular in Northern Nigeria where they call it “kunun aya”. Here in Southern Nigeria, we never had anything to do with the milk until recently.

We just buy the nuts “aki Hausa’ and snack on them.

They are usually sold in wheel-barrows by Hausa petty-traders all over Nigeria.

If you live outside Nigeria I think you will find them in African shops.

I just learned that there is just so much you can do with these nuts, you can choose to eat them as they come or combine them with dates to make a delicious milk drink.

Since I learned about the health benefits and the fact that the milk could be extracted, I have settled with a simple two-ingredient recipe for tiger nut milk.

I combine them with dates.

Before I tell you more about tiger nuts, let’s talk about my recipe.

Tiger nut milk

Tiger Nut Milk Recipe - Kunu Aya or aki Hausa

Chy Anegbu
Tiger nuts, known as Kunun Aya in Hausa, Aki Hausa in Igbo and Horchata de Chufas in Spanish are very abundant in Nigeria and some major cities of the world.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Preparation time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Nigerian Drink
Servings 4 People
Calories 109 kcal

Equipment

  • Smart Blender
  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups Tiger Nuts
  • 10 dates
  • 1500 ml of water

Instructions
 

  • You will need four cups of tiger nuts (Aki Hausa or Aya). If it is dried you need to soak it in clean water for 36 hours before your blender would attempt blending it. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Tiger nuts
  • If you live outside Nigeria, chances are that you would only find the dry nuts. Soak them in plenty of cold water for 36 hours before attempting to turn them into kunun aya
  • You will need a juice maker or really smart blender, otherwise, it will not be able to blend it. You could attempt using a hand grinding machine alternatively.
  • crack the dates to remove the seeds.
  • You can blend in batches if you are using a blender.
    blending
  • Strain using a handkerchief
  • This is how you get tiger nut milk in 3 easy steps.
    Kunu aya
  • Serve chilled.
    Aki Hausa milk

Video

Keyword Aki Hausa, Kunu Aya, Tiger nut milk

How to Eat Aki Hausa

I eat them whole. Ultimately, what we all need is the milk, once you could chew properly, you suck the sweet milk and spew the chaff.

Alternatively, I blend them using the recipe above.

Another way to eat tiger nut is by making tiger nut flour out of them and using the floor for bread, cookies and other foods. Since they are quite sweet, there is no need for extra sugar.

Finally, are there side effects of tiger nuts?

Side Effects of Tiger Nuts

1. They have large calories and not suitable for over-weight individuals. Also, you must know your calorie daily need and use tiger nuts cautiously.

2. Since it is quite delicious, one is tempted to consume more than what the body needs. There are side effects to consuming any food in excess, including aki hausa (aya).

Kunun Aya

Kunun Aya (milk) is also very delicious, one may be tempted to gulp in several gallons before realizing that too much of anything is bad. ๐Ÿ˜€

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24 Comments

  1. VICTORIA CYRIL says:

    THANK YOU CHI. I LIVE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF NIGERIA, SO THE DRINK IS REALLY POPULAR. BUT IN MINE I ADDED CLOVES, GINGER AND I ALSO MIXED THE DRIED AND FRESH TIGER NUT, IT GIVES IT A GREAT TASTE.

  2. 5 stars
    Please madam help me I’m a drinks seller and I want add this in to my menu what I want to know is
    HOW LONG WOULD IT LAST? Could it last for a week or month before it spoiled? Help me please ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

    1. How long tiger nut milk stays? actually not long. I keep mine for a minimum of a week refrigerated it needs to be cold always otherwise it gets bads before you know it, it will just start thickening like akamu and taste goes sour too. I would advise you make it daily or at least every 2 days depending on your power supply .

  3. Just read the high calorie aspect, didn’t know about that. Please how do you see a 750ml of Tigernut Milk for dinner? Is it advisable for someone looking to loose weight?

  4. 5 stars
    FROM YOUR RECIPE, YOU USED 4CUPS OF AKI AWUSA AND GOT 1500LITRES. HOW, DID YOU ADD WATER WHILE SIEVING IT, AGAIN CAN WE USE SIEVE.

    1. 1500ml (6 cups) and not 1500liters. Yes, you could use a sieve. You add the water while blending the nuts, just to ease the blender.

  5. Tinuade Adeoye says:

    5 stars
    I use to blend 4 cups of tiger nut, and I add ginger,and dates. But my dates is the same measurements with the ginger. I use it to sweeten it . I’m into fresh juice sales. For preserving it, ginger could be helpful, and you make sure it is kept in the freezer.

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Apart from ginger whar other preservatives can be used in tiger nuts drink production? Thank you!

  7. EKPOKPE ESE FATIMA says:

    GOOD EVENING TUTOR,AM ABOUT TO START MAKING IT AS MY BUSINESS. I HAVE LEARNT A LOT FROM YOUR WRITE UP AND PEOPLES SHARING TOO.I MY CHALLENGE IS ,I DONT KNOW HOW MANY COCONUTS, OR THE QUANTITY OF DATES OR GLOVES OR GINGER TO ADD IF AM MAKING A CUSTARD BUCKET OF TIGER NUT MILK DRINK .

  8. Oyenuga Omolara says:

    Thanks for sharing. What type of cup can we use to measure because we’ve different types, in other to the accurate date someone will use.

    1. I have some standard measuring cups that I purchased from the baker shop. They are cheap, you can get them.
      When it comes to recipes, nothing is etched in stones. More dates, fewer dates, you can try all then decide what you want.

    1. Thanks for your question. I had a neighbor that used hand grinding machine, I don’t think it allows that extra-carefulness that should be associated with making healthy tiger nut milk. Lots of people use it nonetheless.

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