Homemade Fura Da Nono

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Fura de nunu as we fondly (incorrectly if I might add)  called it was one of the drinks I looked forward to having when I was younger, we would wait around for the vendors to come by with their calabash. Fura da Nunu translates to Millet and Milk. Nono is locally fermented milk with a consistency that is thick but isn’t quite as thick as yogurt .

Traditionally, the vendors mold the fura into a ball and it’s mashed into the milk just before serving. This is a nifty trick as it  gives the vendors an opportunity to sell two distinct product. The nono was the only part I personally enjoyed as a kid, my mum however would have the mix.

When you make this at home, there is no need to first make the millet into a ball, simply process and combine. I made use of Kafir milk in this recipe, it’s the closest thing to locally processed nono if you live outside Nigeria. For those at home, ask around the local Hausa community, they will be able to tell you where to find authentic nono.

Fura Da Nono

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Serves: 3

Some use a combination of soy beans and millet for fura, I personally prefer it with millet only
  • ½ cup millet
  • ½ teaspoon each cloves, alligator pepper and ginger
  • 4 cups Nono (Kafir Milk)
  • Sugar - To taste
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  1. Wash the millet and combine it with 1 cup of water, add in the spices and puree in a blender until very smooth (you can choose to briefly soak the millet in hot water for about 5 minutes to make blending easier)
  2. Pour pureed millet into a pot, place on low-medium heat and stir until a dough forms
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  5. Add 1 tablespoon of water to the millet dough, reduce heat to minimum and simmer for another 5 minutes
  6. Scoop millet dough into a bowl and set aside to cool
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  8. Add in nono (kafir) and gently mash millet dough. Add sugar to taste. Serve cold
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By |May 8th, 2015|37 Comments


  1. Zainab Kabir January 24, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Very Nice! But dis isn’t d original recipe for d fura made in d north by Fulani’s. Very creative I must say

  2. Kemi January 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all that you do.
    Please can you teach us how to make YOUGHUT DRINK.?

  3. Tayo October 5, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Where can I get millet in the US?

  4. Faith October 1, 2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Comment…thanks for this…I have tried it n it turned out fantastic. Can I know how else it fura can be preserved asides refrigerating it? I sprinkled corn flour on it after forming balls from it but how long can it last without refrigerating?

  5. pearl September 11, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I want to learn how to prepare lamugin. It’s also a millet drink

  6. tolani June 8, 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    What can i substitute for kefir milk, cos i am not familiar with it in lagos.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

      You can find nono made from fresh cow milk.

  7. Sulaiman nutritionist January 13, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

    that is great. keep it up

  8. klench321Kelechi October 7, 2016 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Where can i buy the Kefir Milk in Lagos Nigeria?

  9. sarat June 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hi, can’t I sieve it before cooking the paste? The millet shaft discourages me

  10. sisieco April 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    When I found Kefir, I needed Fura! Thank you for this recipe. I can now make mine. I know Millet is very healthy and has little calorie. Even Bread made out of Millet Flour are best used in diat.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 17, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Thanks! Millet isnt low calorie but it’s definitely very healthy. enjoy

  11. Karen February 19, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Thanks for this. Fura da nono is a delicacy I enjoyed while growing up amidst Hausa families in Lagos. Now outside Lagos I’ve been looking for where to get it and when I found it I couldn’t buy because of the unhealthy place and way it’s made. So I thought to check the internet to see if I could know what ingredient is used and how to make it and I found it here. So excited I can make it myself. Thanks a bunch.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      You are most welcome. let me know how it turns out.

  12. Jennifer September 3, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    I loved it as a kid and had alot of it when i lived in the north.Thanks, great recipe.

  13. Kemi July 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Where can I get kafir milk from.Can I get it here in the UK?Also can one use one’s blender to blend the millet?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Check wherever yoghurt is sold. yes, i used a blender for mine.

  14. Barbara Forson July 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Thank u sis

  15. Barbara Forson July 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Is there a substitute for alligator pepper pls

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Any type of pungent whole pepper will do. Black peppercorn should work.

  16. Anita July 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    is it the same millet used for Ogi

  17. MicErnest May 22, 2015 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Wondering the nutritional value of this. How many calories can a glass be? How much protein and for someone on a strict diet is it advisable?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 24, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

      you may use one of the free calorie counting applications, we do not provide that information at this time.

  18. Hope Abba May 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Wants d old light brown stuff in d bag

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      soybeans. You do not need it for the recipe

  19. Annette May 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    WOW! omgggggosh! I really love fura! In Ghana here some non northerners call it fula! lol! I have it mashed with ideal milk makes it so creamy and add the roasted goundnuts to it! Heaven! There’s another millet meal that is called Burkina that is taken with the fermented fresh milk that tastes like yorghurt and that isnt smooth like fura. I really dont like that one because its not smooth. Thanks for showing how to make these. Never knew it was that simple!

    Love from Accra

  20. Karimat May 10, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I have just discovered your blog it’s like going home I can cook Nigerian food but only the basics thanks to your blog am going to experiment like mad

  21. Maryam May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    My millet is ridiculously impossible to grind smooth… Any advice? Should I soak it in boiling water for a bit?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 11, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I will suggest you soak it in very hot water for a few minutes.

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