Tiger nut milk is one of the tastiest and most delicious drinks that is made in Nigeria. For the best result, I combine with dates and serve chilled.
Tiger nut milk Benefits
I will start by telling you about tiger nut milk benefits. Most of the nutrient required for our optimum health is naturally embedded in certain 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 over 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. We have used this milk historically to boost libido and increase sperm count. It acts as a natural aphrodisiac.
It could just be what you need to get back your sex life. 😀
3. The most important tiger nut milk benefit is surely the fact that it tastes so good and quenches your thirst.
4. Certain researchers found out that tiger nut extract could fight some harmful bacteria in the human body.
Hence, drinking this milk helps your immune system and ultimately helps in establishing a defense against bacteria like E.coli, staphylococcus and Salmonella Typhi.
Where to Buy Tiger Nuts in Nigeria
This drink is quite popular in Northern Nigeria, where they call it “kunun aya”. Here in Southern Nigeria, we had nothing to do with the milk until recently.
We just buy the nuts “aki Hausa’ and snack on them.
Hausa petty traders usually sell them in wheelbarrows all over Nigeria.
If you live outside Nigeria, I think you will find them in African shops.
There is 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 I could extract the milk, I have settled on 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 Recipe - Kunu Aya or aki Hausa
- Smart Blender
- 4 cups Tiger Nuts
- 10 dates
- 1500 ml of water
- 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. 😀
- 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 a really smart blender, otherwise, it cannot 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.
- Strain using a handkerchief
- This is how you get tiger nut milk in 3 easy steps.
- Serve chilled.
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 (milk) is also very delicious, it may tempt you to gulp in several gallons before realizing that too much of anything is bad. 😀