Kuli-Kuli Recipe – Indigenous West African Peanut Snacks

Kuli-kuli is a common Nigerian snack and a good alternative to chips and salted peanuts. This is one crunchy Peanut snack that brings back beautiful childhood memories.

Kuli-Kuli Recipe
Kuli-Kuli Recipe

Rich in protein and fat, wholly groundnut-based foods for example kulikuli offers an affordable choice for a quick and satisfying bite.

Kuli-kuli originates from West Africa and is now a common snack widely enjoyed throughout Northern Nigeria, Benin, Northern Cameroon, and Ghana.etc.

In Nigeria, ground peanuts become spicy, deep-fried nuggets and noodles. Kulikuli can be eaten as a standalone snack or together with porridge.

It can also, be combined with “fura”, “koko”, “akamu”; and is sometimes ground and sprinkled into salads, soaked garri, roasted beef, or chicken.

It is often used as one of the ingredients for “Suya”, smoothies, and “Kilishi” production.

What Is Kuli-Kuli?

It is a spicy, salty, and very crunchy addictive snack made wholly from crushed peanuts that are widespread in West Africa.

What is Kuli Kuli in English?

Kuli Kuli is known as “Peanut Bars” in English. There’s even a song with that name.

It is made wholly with peanut, but its preparation requires some special tricks

What Does The Word Kuli Kuli Mean?

It means to be quiet / Cool it / Keep still. It is also, an effortless way to tell one to “Shut up”, nicely.

What Is Kuli Kuli Made Of?

  • To prepare this indigenous snack, peanuts are firstly roasted and then, ground into a paste called “Labu”.
  • After that, the paste is then combined with spices, salt, and sometimes ground pepper, and occasionally sugar.
  • Lastly, the paste is stripped of any extra oil with water and formed into the desired shape (sticks, cylinders, round balls, etc.).

Benefits of kuli-kuli

The health benefits of kuli-kuli (kulikuli) are many. The nutritional composition includes fats, protein, and carbohydrate.

Since it’s made from groundnuts, all the health benefits of groundnut are gotten in kuli-kuli made with less oil. It aids in:

  • Weight-loss: Groundnut contains copper which helps in lowering bad cholesterol levels.
  • Female fruitfulness: Groundnuts contain folate that not only aid fertility but lessen the chances of a neural birth defect in the child by about 70%
  • Diabetes: Groundnuts have adequate manganese that helps regulate blood sugar.
  • Male Virility is also greatly improved by nuts.
  • Heart disease and cancer: Contains Phytosterol or Beta-soitosterol, a component that guards the heart against cholesterol absorption and also limits tumor growth.
  • Fight depression: Groundnuts contain a certain compound, Tryptophan which helps in producing Serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for mood stabilization and higher levels help to improve the mood.
  • Battles memory loss: Peanuts contain vitamin B3 also called Niacin which boosts both memory and brain function.

In summary, kuli-kuli health benefits can be likened to that of moringa

How Oil Is Extracted From Kulikuli?

The process of oil extraction requires some skill, especially for those not using heavy-duty machinery.

  • Firstly, pour the dry-roasted groundnuts and ginger into the powerful food processor/blender/ or even stone-ground into a paste
  • Secondly, mix with ginger, chicken bouillon, hot pepper, and other spices of choice.
  • After that, scoop the pasty nut into a clean and dry muslin cloth and squeeze out the oil as much as you can.

Do not expect to see a lot of oil.

Kuli-Kuli Shapes

Once dry after squeezing out the oil, the mixture can be shaped in the form of small sticks, rings, or small pieces of dough.

These are the three main forms most dominant in Africa, though we have other shapes too.

Kuli Kuli Business Plan and Packaging

This traditional Hausa snack is normally sold on roadside stands or markets, but you might also find a few packaged brands sold in Nigerian grocery stores or online.

The business plan needs small capital as start-off, packaging also is something to consider if you want to be unique

Kuli-kuli Recipe

Endure you use roasted peanuts to obtain a quality labu. To prepare this addictive snack, you need the following ingredients:

Ingredients for Kuli Kuli

  • 1 Cup dry roasted groundnuts / Peanuts
  • Half tablespoonful Grated Ginger
  • A pinch of ground Chilli pepper(optional)
  • Groundnut /Peanut oil for frying
    Step by Step on How to Make Kuli-Kuli
  1. Firstly, grind/Pound/stone-ground the roasted groundnuts (you can use of a dry mill). You can also add a little oil to the mill/blender as you grind. Don’t allow it to turn completely to paste.
  2. Secondly, mix with ginger, chicken bouillon, hot pepper, and other spices of choice.
  3. Thirdly and most importantly, squeeze out the oil using a muslin cloth as much as you can. The peanut paste must become almost hard. Sometimes two tablespoons of water are added just before shaping
  4. After that, mold the paste into any shape of choice. You can add a little water to help it mold easily).
  5. Then, heat a large volume of peanut oil in a deep pan. You can add a few slices of onion
    or cloves to the oil to give it some extra flavor.
  6. Lastly, fry the kuli kuli over medium heat until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Enjoy hot or cold.

Food Hacks

If your Kuli kuli turns out too soft, place it into a preheated oven to dry out and harden.




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