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Fermented Millet Smoothie with Avocado and Kiwi Fruit

fermented millet smoothie

I created this fermented millet smoothie recipe in Summer 2019 in London.

Recipe Inspiration for Fermented Millet Smoothie

An old African tradition inspired me to create this fermented millet smoothie recipe. I don’t know about you, but almost every time I make porridge, half a pot is left over. It would be a shame to throw it away. How wasteful. This recipe came about out of necessity, curiosity and experimentation. There is absolutely nothing traditional about this fermented millet smoothie. It is simply a useful way to use up porridge leftovers. Try it with anything you have whether it is oats, cornmeal, or teff.

Traditional Soured Porridge in Sub Sahara African Culture

I consider fermented porridge as a very traditional food in countries like Botswana. Ting with madila, traditional soured milk, with sprinkled sugar, is a regular dish in Botswana and Zimbabwe. In fact, it featured regularly at our breakfast table at Maru a Pula School. That’s where I did my A’Levels. In Zimbabwe, a similar variation of the dish is called sadza and lacto. From memory, ting could either be prepared as a thin porridge or cooked to a thicker consistency.

I realize that traditional African dishes are a key to the past. I learn more and more about them each day. Even though a lot has changed, much has stayed the same. Ting with madila makes me think about how desserts evolve in other cuisines. Dessert is the last thing that comes to mind when I think about African food. However, in comparison to other traditions, with elaborate garnishings, we might not be worlds apart after all.

Fermented Millet Smoothie with Avocado and Kiwi Fruit

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By Freda Muyambo Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Our fermented millet smoothie with avocado and kiwi fruit recipe is a great way to use up leftover porridge and reduce food waste.


  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 pear
  • 1 kiwifruit
  • 1/4 cup cooked millet porridge (fermented)
  • ice
  • 1 cup coconut milk drink (or other nut milk)



1. Chop up the fruit into bite-sized pieces.


2. Place all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.

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