Tundun Tejuoso's Tea Tutorials

Tundun prepares two of her favourite drinks in her Lagos coffee shop - Jazzhole

By The Centenary Project

Tiger nut milk served (2019)The Centenary Project

Meet Tundun Tejuoso of Lagos legendary Jazzhole

Step inside one of Nigeria's most iconic book and record stores to discover a unique selection of vinyls, CDs, books, magazines and drinks. Jazzhole is an offspring of the great Glendora Books, run by the charismatic couple Kunle Tejuoso and Tundun Tejuoso. Here, Tundun shares two of her favourite drinks and how to prepare them. 

Tiger nut milk and carrot cake served (2019)The Centenary Project

How to make a refreshing tiger nut drink in 7 steps

Tiger nut drink has a soft and delicious taste and is known for the variety of nutrients it contains. It is simple to prepare and very refreshing. It's called "Tiger nut milk" by some and locally known as "Kunun Aya".

Dried tiger nuts (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 1: Getting the ingredients

I. Dried tiger nuts

Tiger nuts are also called chufa, yellow nutsedge or earth almonds. They are edible tubers, wrinkly with a chewy texture and have a sweet nutty flavor similar to coconut.

Dried tiger nuts, lemons and dates (2019)The Centenary Project

II. Dried dates

Rich in various nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, dates are popular throughout the world and are consumed as dried fruits. They are combined with tiger nuts for the tiger nut drink.

Washed dates and dried tiger nuts (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 2: Wash thoroughly

To begin preparing the tiger nut milk, the dried tiger nuts and dates are washed thoroughly.

Washed dates and dried tiger nuts (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 3: Soak in water

The dried tiger nuts and dates are soaked in water and allowed to get softer. This makes it easier to extract the milk.

Coring Dates for Tigernut drink (2019) by The Centenary ProjectThe Centenary Project

Step 4: Core dates

Dates have strong seeds known as date stones. In preparing the dates prior to blending them, the stones are removed from the centre of the fruit with a knife.

Dates (2019)The Centenary Project

...add the sweet fleshly cored dates

The cored dates are traditionally added to the tiger nuts as natural sweetener in preparing "Kunun Aya".

Tiger nut milk preparation (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 5: Add to the blender...

The tiger nuts and dates have softened and are ready to be blended. Other fruits and nuts can also be added to the mix.

Tiger nut milk preparation (2019)The Centenary Project

...Add water to the blender...

Water is added to enable the tiger nuts and dates to be blended faster, easier and smoother.

Tiger nut milk preparation (2019)The Centenary Project

...and blend away!

The blender is powered on and the dates and tiger nuts blend until almost smooth.

Tundun Tejuoso sieving out lumps from liquid (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 6: Sift through

After blending, the mixture is passed through a sieve which separates the extracted milk from the chaff.

Tundun Tejuoso sieving out lumps from liquid (2019)The Centenary Project

Milk and chaff

The milk runs through the sieve into a container, such as a glass pitcher, while the chaff stays on top.

Tiger nut milk (2019)The Centenary Project

Tiger nut milk

Here's the good stuff...

Tiger nut and date lumps (2019)The Centenary Project

Tiger nut chaff

...and here's what's left of the bad stuff.

Actually, this can be kept separately and used to make tiger nut flour.

Tiger nut milk (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 7: Let's serve

The milk (tiger nut drink) can now be poured into a cup and served.

Tiger nut milk (2019)The Centenary Project

The Milky Way

Tundun, our tiger nut chef, enjoys a cold cup of tiger nut milk.

Tiger nut milk and carrot cake served (2019)The Centenary Project

Enjoyed with

Tiger nut milk can be enjoyed with a side snack like cake or something similar.

Lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

How to make fresh lemongrass tea in 6 simple steps

Lemongrass drink is a classic among aficionados of tea. It is simply a combination of lemons and lemongrass. Lemongrass is boiled in a kettle with sliced lemons added to it.

Lemon grass (2019)The Centenary Project

Mmmm... herbal wonder

Lemongrass tea is a herbal blend with many health benefits. It fights free radicals and contains inflammation-fighting compounds such as chlorogenic acid.

In Nigeria, lemongrass tea is known to help fight common cold and malaria.

Lemon grass aand lemons (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 1: Simple ingredients make a perfect tea

The ingredients for making lemongrass tea are not difficult to figure out and find: all you need is lemongrass and lemon.

Lemon grass (2019)The Centenary Project

Tall and green

Lemongrass is a tall, perennial grass in a class of about 45 species of grasses native to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of Asia, Australia and Africa.

Tundun Tejuoso cutting lemons (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 2: Slicing the lemons

To prepare lemongrass tea, fresh lemons are cut in slices and brewed alongside the lemongrass plant. The lemons are added to the tea pot with the lemongrass plant in preparation for brewing.

Preparation of lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 3: Preparing the brew

The lemongrass and fresh lemon slices are boiled and brewed in a teapot. Fresh water is added to enable the lemongrass plant and fresh lemons to draw out their unique aromas.

Brewing lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 4: Start brewing

The teapot is put on the stove and heated for a while to brew the tea.

Lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

Step 5: Let's serve

The lemongrass tea is ready and served here in a glass teacup.

Lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

Sweetener for a sweet tooth

Lemongrass tea can be enjoyed with honey or any sweetener of choice.

Lemon grass tea (2019)The Centenary Project

A delightful taste

Lemongrass tea is delicious and has a rich, fresh citrus taste.

Credits: Story

Curator: Patrick Enaholo
Research: Omotunde Omojola
Photography Supervisor: Omotunde Omojola
Photographer: Ibukun Akinjobi
Text: Emem Akpabio
Text editor: Munachim Amah

Special thanks to:
Jazzhole Coffee Shop, Lagos.

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