Nuts can be made into different meals such as groundnut soup and kuli kuli. This post highlights nine edible ways you can use nuts
They are fruits composed of inedible hard shells and edible seeds. Many nuts are good sources of vitamin E, folate, fiber, and essential minerals magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. They are classed among the healthiest foods you can eat.
Fun fact: A small nut may be called a “nutlet.”
Nuts are high sources of energy because of their oil content. They are eaten raw, cooked, roasted. It can also be processed into oil and used for cooking. In Nigeria, there are different meals that can be made from nuts and below are some of them:
1. Peanut burger:
Peanut burger, also known as coated peanut, is a popular snack in Nigeria and Ghana. It is made from flour, eggs, peanuts, baking powder, and groundnut oil. It is usually made and sold for commercial purposes but can also be made for personal consumption. Because it is fried, it has a golden brown color and usually tastes crunchy. Peanut burger can be enjoyed with a glass of milk, juice, or any other liquid.
Related post: Non Edible Uses of Nuts
Donkwa, also known as Dakuwa are spicy snacks made from cornmeal and peanut powder. It is made by mixing all the dry ingredients to a paste and molding paste into desired shapes. Donkwa can be eaten dry or served with peanut butter.
3. Tiger nut milk:
Tigernut is usually eaten as a popular snack in Northern Nigeria. It can be eaten raw, with the chaff either swallowed or spat out. However, another way of enjoying this delicious nut is by milking it. Tiger nut milk is made by soaking and blending tiger nuts. It is a good substitute for dairy milk. Also, they do not contain lactose and are high in fiber. It can be served as a beverage or processed to make ice cream.
Okpa is a traditional Nigerian delicacy. It is popular in the eastern areas of Nigeria and made primarily from bambara flour, which is gotten from Bamabara nuts. It is rich in protein and can be served with tea, yogurt, milk, or any liquid of your choice.
5. Almond butter:
The preparation of almond butter requires just one ingredient; almond nuts. It is made by pouring almonds into a food processor or blender and grinding till smooth. Almond butter can be used as bread spread, food dressing, or taken as dessert.
6. Tiger nut pudding:
Tiger nut pudding is a blend of tiger nuts, dates, crushed groundnuts and water. It usually has properties resembling that of custard and is served with sprinkles of groundnut. Tiger nut pudding is a local Nigerian dessert.
7. Kuli kuli:
Kuli kuli is another popular West African snack made from peanuts. It is made by frying groundnut paste, which is known as “labu.” It is usually very hard and can be eaten with soaked garri.
8. Kunu aya:
Kunu aya is a popular drink in Northern Nigeria made primarily from kunu aya (tiger nuts), dates, coconut, and ginger. The drink is naturally sweet but can be further sweetened by adding honey. It is usually served chilled.
9. Groundnut soup:
Groundnut soup, locally known as omisagwe, is a nigerian dish local to Edo people of Benin state. It is prepared like most Nigerian soups but the main ingredient here includes groundnuts. Similar to other soups, it can also be eaten with eba, amala, or pounded yam.
There are many other edible ways to use nuts. Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments section below.