How to Make Dawa da Wake (Yadda Ake Dawa da Wake)

How to Make Dawa da Wake (Yadda Ake Dawa da Wake)

Some combinations of foods are just amazing and will make you wonder, ‘Who first thought of preparing this food?’ Dawa da Wake is a northern Nigerian recipe mostly consumed by the Hausas. It is a combination of guinea corn (dawa) and beans (wake) to produce a finger-linking, sumptuous meal that will make you crave more after you first taste it. In this article, I will be teaching you how to make Dawa da Wake (yadda ake Dawa da Wake).

Equipment for Making Dawa da Wake

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The following ingredients are needed when preparing Dawa da Wake:

Dawa (guinea corn)
Wake (beans)
Palm oil
Kuli Kuli (groundnut cake)
Salt, Maggi, cabbage, spinach, onions, and tomatoes

Procedure for Preparing Dawa da Wake

STEP 1: Get a big mortar and pestle, pour the guinea corn seeds into it, sprinkle a little water on it, and then pound for like 30 minutes. This is called surfe in the Hausa language.

STEP 2: Pour the pounded guinea corn (dawa) into a large tray and try separating the seeds from the shaft. This is called bakace in Hausa.

STEP 3: Wash the guinea corn very well and drain it, then set it aside.

STEP 4: Over medium heat, put a clean pot, add your beans to it, and allow 10 minutes of cooking time. Then;

STEP 5: Pour the guinea corn and allow to cook for 40 minutes together with the beans

STEP 6: Turn off the heat, pour in a warmer, and set it aside. Then;

STEP 7: Slice your onions, tomatoes, and spinach and set them aside.

STEP 8: Get a clean mortar and pestle and pound the groundnut cake (Kuli-Kuli) until it is slightly coarse in texture. Then;

STEP 9: Get a frying pan over medium heat and fry the contents in STEP 7 for 5 minutes.

STEP 10: Ta-da! Your Dawa da Wake is ready for consumption.

How to Serve Dawa da Wake

Dawa da Wake is best served hot with a chilled drink of your choice.

Occasions to Serve Dawa da Wake Best

Dawa da Wake is mostly consumed or eaten as a basic meal (lunch, breakfast, or dinner). It is hardly served on grand occasions like weddings, birthday parties, festivals, etc.

How to Store Dawa da Wake

It can last for many months without refrigerating as long as it is kept in a safe place away from children and rodents.

Nutritional Value of Dawa da Wake

Guinea corn helps to provide essential minerals and nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. In addition, it aids in the prevention of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. It also aids in the prevention of heart disease and constipation.

On the other hand, the beans in it help in the provision of folate, protein, and antioxidants. It also helps in reducing the risk of cancer, and prevention of fatty liver, among other benefits.


Dawa da Wake is easy to make. The only stressful part is removing the shaft of the guinea corn seeds (i.e., the surfe part). We all know that pounding is not easy, and this one takes minutes to achieve the desired result, depending on the quantity you intend to have.

You could just prepare this meal in jollof form.

I’m optimistic that this piece was worthwhile for you.

Anyway, that’s a wrap for this delicious meal. Now that you know how to make Dawa da Wake (yadda ake Dawa da Wake), why don’t you try making it for yourself or your family and tell us your experience in the comments section below?

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local Northern Nigerian delicacies.

How to Prepare Kwadon Kanzo in 6 Easy Steps

How to Prepare Kwadon Kanzo in 6 Easy Steps

Kwadon Kanzo is yet another Northern Nigerian delicacy consumed primarily by the Hausas and Fulanis. The recipe is enjoyed by many, young and old, poor, average, and even some wealthy families. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare the Kwadon Kanzo recipe. Stay with me. But first, what is this ‘Kanzo’?

Kanzo is a burnt part of the Tuwo (that of shinkafa, masara, dawa, alkama, and the like) meal. It is obtained by allowing the bottom of the pot to cook until it forms a dry crust called Kanzo.

Let’s dive into it!

Equipment for Making Kwadon Kanzo

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5 cups of Kanzo (burnt part of Tuwo)
Tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
1½ cups of groundnut cake (Kuli-Kuli)
Seasonings and salt to taste
¼ cup of fried vegetable oil
Cucumber (optional)

Procedure for Preparing Kwadon Kanzo Recipe

STEP 1: Get a clean mortar (turmi) and pestle (tabarya), put the kanzo, and grind it into small pieces. Then;

STEP 2: Put it in a clean bowl and add water to it. Allow soaking for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how hard the kanzo or crust is.

STEP 3: Strain the Kanzo in a strainer (matsami or rariya) to drain off the water completely. Then;

STEP 4: Grind the Kuli-Kuli (groundnut cake), cut the tomatoes, cucumber (optional), and pepper, and set them aside.

STEP 5: Now, in a mixing bowl, add the content in STEP 4, fried groundnut oil, seasonings, and a pinch of salt. Then;

STEP 6: Mix the content in STEP 5 well until properly combined.

STEP 7: Ladies and gentlemen, your Kwadon Kanzo is ready!

How to Serve Kwadon Kanzo Recipe

Serve it with properly cut or sliced vegetables to make it look very appetizing. You could also add cabbage to the above-listed ingredients if you so wish, to make it taste even better.

Occasions to Serve Kwadon Kanzo Best

It is best consumed as any of the basic meals or as a dessert. This makes it good for consumption at any time. However, it is not advised that you make it for festivals, ceremonies, or the like.

How to Store Kwadon Kanzo Recipe

This delicacy cannot be stored for more than 24 hours. 24 hours could even be too much time. You could try storing it in a refrigerator, but be assured that it won’t taste as good as you would have wanted it.

As a result, it is best to prepare the quantity just enough for consumption at a certain time. If you need more, you could always prepare another one. After all, it is very easy to make.

Nutritional Value of Kwadon Kanzo

We, as humans, need the energy to take care of our daily struggles. As such, we need this northern Nigerian cuisine as it contains a great deal of carbohydrates. This is because all of the vitamins that form the Kanzo used in this delicacy are carbohydrates.


As we have seen above, the Kwadon Kanzo recipe is very easy to make and tastes delicious when properly prepared. You could try it someday for yourself or your family. However, don’t forget to share your experience with us when you do.

If you find this article helpful, please leave a comment in the comments section below as well.

You are always welcome to visit Northpad Nigeria for more local Northern Nigerian delicacies.

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