How to Make Alkaki Hausa Snack

Published: September 16, 2022
Suwaiba Dalhatu is an enthusiastic writer. She grew up in Zaria. A specialist on recipes - local recipes to be precise. She loves to read and write in her leisure time, and also loves to make new friends.

Alkali is a Hausa snack prepared with local ingredients by the Hausa people. It is a snack served to visitors, mostly during occasions. Like in weddings, it is usually prepared in large quantities for the bride to welcome her visitors and well-wishers. There is a popular saying to it, “Alkaki da zuma sai Sarki” meaning Alkaki that is coated with honey is for kings. In this article, we will be looking at how to make Alkaki Hausa snack.

Let’s go right into it!


1. Frying pan
2. Chopping board
3. Tray
4. Container
5. Bowl (mixing bowl)
6. Polythene/leather
7. Clean towel


1. Wheat
2. Yoghurt/milk
3. Sugar/honey
4. Tamarind/lemon
5. Cooking oil/groundnut


Step 1: Spread the wheat on a tray and hand-pick unwanted substances in the wheat.
Step 2: Pound to reduce the chaff (optional). Then wash with water and spread to dry.
Step 3: Grind the wheat not to powder form (i.e. quartz)
Step 4: Get the container and mix the grinded wheat with the yoghurt/milk and oil. Mix it to form a dough.
Step 5: Cover it for 3-5 hours.
Step 6: Mix it again, this time on the chopping board. Apply oil to avoid sticking.
Step 7: Mould to desired shapes and cover them with a clean towel.
Step 8: Using a frying pan, cook the sugar of desired quantity on a low flame.
Step 9: Stir well and add a pinch of diluted tamarind (tsamiya) or lemon to form Sugar Solution.
Step 10: Keep it warm to avoid solidification.
Step 11: Fry the dough (Alkaki) using a frying pan on low flame. Allow it to turn to golden colour.
Step 12: Sieve it and immediately pour it inside the sugar solution. Allow for 3-5 minutes.
Step 13: Finally, pour it into a clean container and enjoy.

How to Serve Alkaki

It is served on a special plate, with sealed leathers customised just like other snacks. And again, you can serve your delicious Alkaki with a drink of your choice, e.g., Zobo, Ginger Drink, Kunun Aya, etc.

Occasions to Serve Alkaki

As earlier established, Alkaki is best served at weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Meetings, and even for Breakfast.

Alkaki could also be taken anytime regardless of period or time. For instance, I eat Alkaki any time I feel like it. It’s one of my favourite snacks.

How to Store Alkaki

Alkaki can be stored in containers (not air-tight). It can also be refrigerated.

However, if you chose to refrigerate your Alkaki, you are not to eat it as soon as you bring it out. You have to wait for some minutes for it to thaw.

The Nutritional Value of Alkaki

Alkaki is rich in carbohydrates, minerals (to maintain your body’s pH; it makes your bones strong, etc.), vitamins, and antioxidants that help prevent the body from certain cell damage.


If you carefully follow the steps stated above, indeed, you will have delicious Alkaki right in front of you, ready for consumption.

As you have all seen, it is very easy to make, delicious, yummy, and mouthwatering. It can also be prepared for sale in pastry stores.

This is all about how to make Alkaki Hausa snack. Good luck with making yours.

Don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments section.

1 Comment

  1. Wow! I love this recipe. I will definitely try it my self. Thanks 👍

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