Foodie Friday Opinions & Features June 05, 2020 at 03:00 pm

Five ways to use African millet in your meals

Ama Nunoo June 05, 2020 at 03:00 pm

June 05, 2020 at 03:00 pm | Foodie Friday, Opinions & Features

Housa Kooko (Spiced Millet Porridge) - YouTube
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Hausa Koko (Spicy Millet Porridge)


  • 1/2 cup corn dough
  • 3 cups water (divided use)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chili powder
  • Optional: sugar to taste
  • 1 pinch salt


Scoop about 1/2 a cup of corn dough and place into a pan.

Add 1 cup of cold water and crumble up the corn dough to make a smooth paste with the water. Turn on the heat to high and stir continuously.

Add 2 cups of boiling water to the pot and bring to the boil whilst stirring continuously. At this point, the corn dough begins to thicken and form gelatinous looking lumps. Keep a whisk handy to aid in the smoothing out of the porridge.

Add a pinch of salt, the ground cloves, ginger, and pepper. Stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes on a low heat.

When ready to serve, pour into a bowl, add the desired amount of sugar and stir. For an added touch of luxury, pour in some evaporated milk.

Recipe Tip

Traditionally, Hausa Koko is served with fried bean cake (koose or akara) or doughnut known as bofrot or puff puff.


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