How To Make Kunun Tsamiya From Scratch (Pearl Millet Pap)

Served Kunun Tsamiya with Akara

Hello guys, welcome back to Dee’s Mealz. Today, we will be learning how to make kunun tsamiya from start to finish.

Kunun Tsamiya is another form of pap known to be mostly made in the northern part of Nigeria. It is made using Gero also known as “Pearl Millet”, dried ginger to be specific, cloves and tamarind which is called “Tsamiya” in Hausa. Tamarind is the main ingredient in making kunun tsamiya. Without it, it can no longer be called kunun tsamiya.


It is a breakfast recipe you can take with Akara, Fried yam or sweet potatoes. You can also add milk to it if you want.

First of all we will be needing the kunun tsamiya flour. So, I will be telling you how to make kunun tsamiya flour. Don’t worry, the process is very easy. So, let’s begin

You will be needing:

  • 4 tins of Gero
  • 1 tablespoon of Cloves
  • 7 pieces of dried ginger
Gero (Pearl Millet)
Gero (Pearl Millet)
Dried ginger
Dried ginger

Wash the gero to rid it of stones and dirt and spread under the sun to dry.

When its all dried up, turn into a bowl. Pound the ginger, cloves and add to it.

Take for grinding into flour form.

Sieve and store in a well-covered plastic. 

And we are done with the first part. Now, let’s begin cooking….

Quantity of flour to use depends on how many people you are preparing the kunun tsamiya for. I will be using 3 tablespoons since it’s just for me alone.


  • 3 tablespoons of Kunun Tsamiya Powder
  • Sugar
  • 8 pieces of Tamarind (tsamiya)


Soak the tamarind in 700ml of water 3 hours before time to prepare your kunun tsamiya.

After the 3 hours is up, turn the water in a pot, set on heat and allow to boil.

Put the 3 spoons of the kunun tsamiya powder into a bowl and add a little water and mix to form a not too thick paste.

Soaked Tamarind
Soaked Tamarind
Seived Kunun Tsamiya flour
Seived Kunun Tsamiya flour

Now turn the boiling water into the bowl till thick and cooked. Mix well with a spoon to avoid getting raw paste under the bowl.

Add the sugar to taste and serve while hot or allow to cool down.

Enjoy and expect more…


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. habiba dauda


  2. habiba dauda


    1. Dorcas

      Yes, it is.

  3. habiba dauda

    sweet with akara and buns

  4. habiba dauda

    sweet with akara.

  5. Sulaimon

    U have done well
    Nice one

    1. Dorcas

      Thank you. I’m glad you like it.

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