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Mrs Kush’s Men Empowerment Series: Thick Creamy Akamu



There will be no snazzy intro on this one folks. I will not be throwing subtle shade to anyone in the article either,  because my friends, making Adamu is a very sore area for me.

I have successfully made croissants from scratch, I know the techniques for turning cassava to Garri. I dare say I can make many native Nigerian soups soups as authentic as they come.

Akamu on the other hand is an area of personal shame for me. (I even know how to make said Akamu from fresh corn!) As a pap lover, this makes it all the more painful. I only get it right 50% of the time. When I do get it right, doing the exact same thing the next time doesn’t always guarantee the same result. A key factor I consider when I want to make pap is: is there light? Because if my pap turns watery I need the microwave to finish my incompetence.

Maybe I’m just not born to do it like Craig David. Anyway these are the steps I follow to make Pap. Please correct me because I am clearly doing something wrong.


  • Mix raw pap with a small quantity of water to form a thick paste
  • Pour in boiling water and stir, cover it for a few minutes
  • Pray to God the pap gets thick
  • If it doesn’t, pop it in the microwave for a few minutes
  • Nepa takes light in your area too? Grab a pot and cook it on low heat for a few extra minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy with anything you fancy (EXCEPT milk, more on that later)

I will highlight my troubleshooting techniques below, as proof that I have taken this seriously and hopefully we can find a solution together for the sake of the erm… men.

  • Mix the pap with small quantity of water to form a thick paste
  • Mix the pap with small quantity of hot water to bring up the temperature of the paste
  • Remove pap from fridge overnight, so that the coldness doesn’t affect my hot water
  • Use a small quantity of hot water to pap paste ratio
  • Use a large quantity of hot water to pap paste ratio

I have done all of these things sometimes a combination of 2 or 3 and I am not any closer to getting a permanent solution. It might sound like a joke but I promise you it isn’t.

Does anyone have the secret to making thick creamy pap 100% of the time? Please share.

On second thought, let me throw shikini shade to a special set of people. If you make pap and it has lumps abeg don’t compare yourself to me. Unlike you my inadequacies can be easily fixed in a microwave. You on the other hand would need a blender, a sieve and probably some lessons on how to use a blender and a sieve.

Mrs Kush.


Pap is not baby food and it isn’t meant for the sick (How dare you even think that!). I love pap very much, and I am neither a baby nor sick. I however draw the line at adding milk I feel the same way about adding milk to Garri. It just doesn’t sit well with me. Maybe it’s the cheapskate in me manifesting but it never tastes good to me with milk. It is then and only then that I am inclined to agree that pap with milk actually tastes like baby food.

I am a food expert and I say this with confidence because I have the waistline to prove it. For food porn check out lovemrskush you're welcome.


  1. laide

    June 21, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Please what’s pap without milk? I hate garri with milk..but pap and milk were made to go together..pls don’t put asunder

  2. Mrs chidukane

    June 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I was like you till I watched @mummysyum tutorial on making agidi from pap and since then I make pap like a pro. My pap is always thick and creamy now. It’s on this website.
    I took pap without sugar or milk today just like my kids usually do and it was really OK. I will ditch sugar abeg to help with weight-loss things.

  3. Authentic Sunshine

    June 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Mrs Kush be my friend then I’ll teach you. There is a method to the madness. I get it right 99.9% of the time. You won’t believe what you’re missing. It’s only minor but it matters.

    • Mrs Kush

      June 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Please share!!!!!!!!!! Don’t leave me hanging!

  4. Lawrence

    June 21, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    THis is cul

  5. Akara Pancake

    June 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Mehn, the macros in that akamu would be madness.

    Guess the perfect sides to go with it? The hint is in my name….Hehehehe

  6. Pellz

    June 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Instead of pouring boiling water, pour the paste into the boiling water and stir for a minute or two. Voila

    • Mrs Kush

      June 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Wow, I can honesty say I have never tried that before. This might be the key, thanks!

    • Zedzed

      June 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

      I tried this system once, I ended up with a lot of tiny lumps. There was no creaminess anywhere. Just lumps, lumps and more lumps. really tiny ones. Biggest error of my life lol. Except for the egusi I once made, but that is a story for another day

    • Rubynnia

      June 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      This is how I prepare my pap. Mix with water to form a paste and pour into boiling water. Stir till it thickens and leave to cook for a few seconds.

  7. June

    June 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I have never had pap but I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE your articles! Lmaooo, you could not resist could you? ‘Shikini shade’ ???

    • Mrs Kush

      June 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm


  8. been there

    June 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I too can’t stand lumps in my akamu and will not come near anything that corrupts the taste. So nothing in mine except a little sugar.
    I think the reason yours comes out too light is either of two things: the water you use to mix the paste is too much, or the hot water you add is way more than you need. Also when you pour the hot water, it helps that you watch the akamu, you will see the constitution change as you pour the water, stop when you notice this and stir to check. You can always add more if you need it or decide to save it via the microwave/stovetop method. Good luck!

  9. The real dee

    June 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Mrs kush you are not alone. I don’t like making pap because it always turns out watery. Like you, i have to end up using the microwave or putting it on the stovetop.

    My husband cannot cook to save his life but there is one thing he can make better than me, pap. I have tried watching this man to learn how he does it o but lai lai the pap will not gree when i do my own.
    He said the trick is to pour the boiling hot water into the paste really fast and when it begins to get creamy, stop. Well, i tried it, and it still didn’t turn out creamy.

  10. nunulicious

    June 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    make the paste and pour into the boiling water while stirring. you’ll be able to judge the thickness that you want that way. also, don’t leave it for more than 3 minutes especially if you’re doing the oka-baba ( guinea-corn) type.

  11. zinny

    June 22, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Is that Gnuts and garri on top of the pap?

  12. Cindy

    June 22, 2017 at 6:03 am

    It seems I’m the only one who loves watery pap. I
    deliberately make mine watery.

  13. xtsy

    June 22, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Pap or gari with milk is sacrilegious

  14. Fabulous

    June 22, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I can cook all kinds of delicacies and soups but i cannot make pap to save my life. Irony.

  15. ednutey

    June 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Ok…lets see.In my opinion, i think you should try to make your paste thick at all times, and let your water come to a good boiling point as in let it boil well!
    The major thing for me is after pouring the hot water in the paste and watching it rise or thicken(u need to pay attention or if u miss that point it may be hard to get it right) i stir a lot, some paps can be stubborn(lol), but with a very good stir you should overcome the stubborn pap…

    Try it out, i hope you get your desired outcome with these steps.

    PS-pap without milk isn’t pap

  16. Rubynnia

    June 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Wow! I’m flummoxed that some ladies find it hard making pap. I guess there are some foods we find a bit hard preparing.

    For ladies who find it hard to make pap, let me make it easy for you.

    1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
    2. While water is boiling, mix your pap with sufficient water to form a paste. The amount of water used will give a thick or thin paste. Also don’t forget the amount of water in the pot boiling. Take that into consideration when you create your paste.
    3. Once water is boiled, stir the paste into the boiling water with a wooden spoon.
    4. Continue stirring till it thickens and to avoid lumps.
    5. If it’s too thick, add water (hot/room temperature on standby) to thin it. If too thin, leave it to simmer for a few seconds to thicken.

    • funmilola

      June 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Flummoxed lohun lohun!

  17. Olayemi

    June 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    My male cousin taught me how to make smooth akamu.

    You place small water in a pot and place on the stove. Mix the akamu with cold water in a bowl. Ensure your the mixing water and water in pot is proportionate to how thick you want it.
    Once the water is hot (not boiling o), pour your akamu mixture and stir until cooked. This method has never failed me. It takes more effort due to the stirring but it works like magic.

  18. Peaches77

    June 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    . Akamu and condensed Peak milk all the way. You are allowed to stir the pap with sugar. Then you pour the milk on it, scoop and drink… ooolala!

  19. funmilola

    June 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Mrs kush,pap without milk is somehow ooo, I can’t imagine it sef.
    has anyone tried taking pap with Milo? Its so yummy!

  20. Ui

    June 23, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Fantastic I am not alone.

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