Homemade Fura Da Nono


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.

How to Make Hausa Nunu at Home

There will be no history of fura de nunu without the amazing Fulani maidens selling the tasty Nono, sometimes with little Fura balls.

Below is a step by step guide on how to make fura da nono

Ingredients for Fura Balls:

  • 400 Grams Millet Flour
  • ½ – 1 Teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cloves (Gùrúmbàlí)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1-¼ Cup of Water

Ingredients for Nunu/Nono

  • Nono raw milk or the closest to Nono which can be Kafir milk, skimmed milk, yogurt, Greek yogurt or heavy creamed milk.
  • Some people choice of dairy is half yogurt and half milk
  • Sugar (Optional)


Fura Balls:

  1. Firstly, mix the millet flour with all the spices in a large bowl,
  2. Then, gradually add the water to the flour mixture until you reach the right consistency.
  3. Thirdly, mold the millet paste into small balls, the size of golf balls.
  4. After that, place the millet balls in a pot, add some water and boil them for about 30 minutes. The cooking duration depends on the size of your balls.
  5. When the millet balls have cooked, put them in a mortar and pound them into a paste. This is to avoid lumps and make it easier to break later on. A stand mixer or a food processor is also a good substitute.
  6. Lastly, mold the cooked millet paste into balls again. Coat the balls with some millet flour to keep them from sticking to each other.

Preparing the Nunu Drink

To drink, mash some millet balls into a bowl, add your dairy of choice and mix it to form a thick paste.

If it’s too thick add more diaries until you get the consistency you want.

On the other hand, put all the ingredients in a blender and blend them into fura da nono.

Questions People Ask On Fura Da Nono: Answers to Them

  • Is Habib Yogurt Fattening?

Most Yogurt, including Habib yoghurt can make you add weight if you add too many extras such as sugars when blending with fura or consuming multiple cups per week

  • Fura Da Nono during Pregnancy

Pregnant women are advised to stay safe, stay clear on unpasteurized dairy and juices.

Local milk (e.g. Fura), Maishanu, goat cheese, soft cheeses including the local varieties, made with unpasteurized milk are another story as they can harbor Listeria and other pathogens.