The hausa Koko which is a spicy porridge is prepared from the millet with other local spicies to give it taste and flavour. Hausa Koko is mostly consumed with fried beans bun called Koose or the spicy fried flour dumpling called Pinkaso or Akara. Others also prefer the Koose or Akara with bread. The hausa koko is patronized early in the morning and late afternoon.
Although the meal is widely consumed, most people are unaware of the essential health benefits of hausa Koko. The millet flour from which the porridge is prepared possesses great nutritional benefits. Some important nutritional composition are Vitamin B, Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, fibre, manganese, fibre, and antioxidants. The Koose also contains iron and protein among other important nutrients. Some important health benefits are
1. Aids regulation of body cells, tissues and organs
The high content of protein in beans help in the body to build, repair and replace things such as tissues. Protein are large molecules that help the body cells to function properly. Taking the hausa koko along with Koose help the body to get the needed protein that help in the regulation of body cells, tissues an organs.
2. Aids development of strong bones
The presence of calcium in hausa Koko aides the body in building strong bones and healthy communication between brain and other parts of the body. Calcium is an essential mineral in the body that helps to maintain good health.
3. The vitamin D, is essential in blood clothing and also help the body to absorb and retain minerals.
4. The iron in the Koose is vital mineral that is needed by hemoglobin to carry oxygen throughout the body. The beans provides an important source of iron. People with iron deficiency anemia may experience breathlessness, fatigue, and heart palpitations.
5. Regular consumption of hausa Koko which is a good source of phosphorus. Phosphorus is needed to keep the bones strong and healthy. It also aids removal of waste and repair of damaged tissues.
To prepare hausa Koko, the following ingredients are needed; millet, ginger, dreid pepper, black peppercorn, pinch salt, and cloves.
Use the following procedure to prepare
1. Wash and soak the millet overnight
2. Rinse and add ginger, black peppercorn, dried pepper and blend into a smooth mixture
3. Strain twice with fine silk mesh, cover and let it settle for about 5 hours.
4. Drain the liquid and set aside.
5. Mix the residue with water or drain the fermented water and set aside.
6. Boil water and take it off from the fire.
7. Add the fermented water you set aside to the water and stir regular in a circular manner until it thickens.
You are good to go.
Keep enjoying your hausa Koko as it is not just a breakfast but an essential meal for good health.
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