How to Make Faten Shinkafa (Yadda Ake Faten Shinkafa)

Written by Fatima Sani

Fatima Sani is an enthusiastic writer. She loves writing, basically on delicacies - Northern Nigerian delicacies to be specific. More so, she derives joy from sharing her kitchen expertise to those in need.

July 17, 2022

Fate is a Hausa term that means “anything in a watery form,” and shinkafa means “rice” therefore, Faten Shinkafa refers to a meal made using braised rice. The letter ‘n’ in the word ‘Faten’ simply denotes ownership. In this post, I’ll share my knowledge of how to prepare Faten Shinkafa (yadda ake Faten Shinkafa) with you.

Faten Shinkafa is a highly tasty cuisine with many nutritious benefits, primarily consumed by Hausas in northern Nigeria. Only those who have tried this recipe can fully appreciate its mouthfeel. You should give it a shot as well.

Let’s get this party started, shall we?

Equipment Needed

Blender or grater


3 cups of braised rice
Fresh tomatoes, pepper, and onion
Vegetable oil or palm oil
Beans (optional)
Spinach and jute leaf
Crushed groundnut
Cow bones or meat
Seasoning cubes and salt to taste
¼ of cooked pumpkin (kabewa)
7 cups of water

Procedure for Making Faten Shinkafa

STEP 1: Mash the tomatoes, peppers, and onions in a blender.

STEP 2: Thoroughly wash and chop or cut your spinach and jute leaves.

STEP 3: Cook your beans until they are almost done, and then set them aside.

STEP 4: In a clean saucepan over medium heat, combine the bones or meat, seasonings, curry, and onion slices, and cook until the meats are tender. Set it aside after you’re finished.

STEP 5: Place another pot containing 7 cups water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then stir in the braised rice.

STEP 6: Combine the braised rice with the oil of your choice. If you want, you can combine the two.

STEP 7: Stir in the cooked beans and the contents of STEP 4 thoroughly. Allow 15 minutes for cooking.

STEP 8: Next, combine your cooked pumpkin (kabewa), spice cubes, and salt to taste in a large mixing bowl. Allow for a 5-minute simmer.

STEP 9: Stir in the chopped spinach and jute leaves, as well as the sliced onions. Allow 3 minutes for cooking.

STEP 10: Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

How to Serve Faten Shinkafa

Faten Shinkafa is generally served on trays and at a high temperature, allowing it to cool more quickly. Serve it with slices of onions and daddawa pepper (ground pepper mixed with locust beans). Man Shanu (cattle oil) can also be added to improve the aroma. For a well-balanced diet, keep a glass of table water handy.

Oh, I’m salivating already.

Occasions to Serve Faten Shinkafa Best

It’s best served at naming ceremonies or the day following a wedding. You can enjoy this dish for lunch or dinner – the option is yours!

How to Store Faten Shinkafa

It’s ideal to eat Faten Shinkafa within 24 hours of cooking it. Refrigeration is not recommended unless you have a microwave to warm it up when you want to eat it.

Nutritional Value of Faten Shinkafa

Faten Shinkafa, like maize, is an energy-giving food since it gives us the energy we need to get through our daily activities. It’s similar to Shashshaka in nutritional content.

In addition, Faten Shinkafa improves health by boosting energy, replenishing glycogen levels after exercise, and soothing the digestive tract.


As you can see, making Faten Shinkafa (yadda ake yin faten shinkafa) is a piece of cake — it’s not difficult at all. It’s incredibly sweet, and you’ll keep wanting more. Why don’t you try it for yourself? I’m convinced you’ll be able to do this for yourself or your family with just one trial. I’d appreciate it if you could share your experience in the comments below.

More Northern Nigerian foods are readily accessible at Northpad Nigeria.

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