How to Prepare Fankasau

How to Prepare Fankasau

Fankasau recipe is a traditional snack that originated from the northern part of Nigeria – mostly among the Hausas. Its basic ingredient is flour and it is very easy to make and tastes delicious.

Let’s not waste any time and get right into how it is been prepared.

Equipment for Making Funkasau

Frying pan





Slotted spoon

Fankasau Recipe


To make this delicacy, you will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of wheat flour

1 spoon of yeast

1 teaspoon of kanwa (potash)


1 teaspoon of salt

Vegetable oil

Fankasau Recipe

STEP 1: Wash your wheat properly and remove stones from the grains. Spread it under the sun to dry then take it to the grinders to grind it for you.

STEP 2: After grinding, allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

STEP 3: Sieve the powdered wheat and set it aside. Then;

STEP 4: Soak the yeast with water and add some potash (kanwa) and mix.

STEP 5: Add a little salt inside the powdered wheat, pour water, and make a thick paste. Ensure it’s not too thick though.

STEP 6: Cover the paste and keep it in a warm place to rise for an hour.

STEP 7: Rub oil in your palm and mix it again. Then;

STEP 8: Rub oil at the back of a tray. Then place a little of the Fankasau mixture on it.

STEP 9: Get a little vegetable oil in a small container. Dip your hand in it and make a hole in the middle of the Fankasau mixture.

STEP 10: Over medium heat, place a frying pan and add 2 cups of vegetable oil and slice some onions in it and allow to fry.

STEP 11: When the onion slices are fried, add the Fankasau gently into the hot oil and allow to fry for 15 minutes. Then;

STEP 12: Use a slotted spoon to get the friend Fankasau into a sieve container. The sieve is to drain the oil on the surface of the Fankasau.

STEP 13: Scoop the fried pieces of Fankasau onto a flat and try to dry and cool down quickly.

STEP 14: Ta-da! Your Fankasau is ready.

How to Serve Fankasau

Traditionally, Fankasau recipe is mostly served with Miyan Taushe. Some prefer to take it with sugar by dipping it into a container containing sugar and then eating it. Personally, my preference is Miyan Taushe. Ensure to serve hot as it tastes best.

Occasions to Serve Fankasau

This recipe is served on various occasions including eids, weddings, naming ceremonies, or any festival.

How to Store Fankasau

It is advisable to store this delicacy in a cool dry place because it lasts longer – say 10 days. To avoid spoilage or wastage, you could just make it in small quantities for immediate consumption.

Alternatively, you could store it in a refrigerator but its taste will definitely diminish the longer it stays refrigerated.

Nutritional Value of Fankasau

Because of the wheat grain in this recipe, helps in controlling obesity, improving body metabolism, prevention of type 2 diabetes, reducing body inflammation, prevention of breast cancer, and so on.


Now that you know how to prepare Fankasau, it would be nice if you try making it. When you do, could you please share with us your experience here?

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How to Prepare Your Delicious Dan Sululu

How to Prepare Your Delicious Dan Sululu

Dan Sululu is a local northern Nigerian dish mostly consumed by the Hausas specifically. It is delicious, quite fast, and easy to prepare, kind of like Danwake. Also, it is usually common among less privileged and average families. In this article, I will be teaching you how to make Dan Sululu recipe. Stay with me.

This delicacy basically contains cassava. The back of the cassava is peeled and then spread under the sun to dry. When dried, it is then taken and grinded into fine flour. Interestingly, you do not need to pass through this process as cassava flour can be found in our local markets at affordable prices.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into its preparation!

Equipment for Making Dan Sululu



Cooking pot

Frying pan



We will be needing the following ingredients to make this delicious northern Nigerian cuisine:

3 cups of cassava flour

Pepper (grinded)

½ cup of palm oil

5 average cups of water

A small piece of potash (kanwa)

Procedure for Preparing Dan Sululu

STEP 1: Grind the dried cassava into powder and allow it to cool.

STEP 2: Sieve the powder to remove the shafts and grains. Then;

STEP 3: Add a little soaked potash into the cassava flour.

STEP 4: Pour water and stir till the powder turns into a paste. Ensure it is neither too hard nor too soft.

STEP 5: Over medium heat, get a pot containing water and allow to boil.

STEP 6: Pinch and dump the dough into the boiling water in the desired shape and size. Stir the boiling dumplings with a wooden spoon or any spoon of your choice and allow them to boil for about 10 – 15minutes.

STEP 7: Turn off the cooker and allow the dumplings to cool a little. This is to avoid possible injury when embarking on the next step.

STEP 8: Extract the dumplings from the boiling pot and put them in clean cold water. Wash and drain until the water turns somewhat clean, and your Dansululu delicacy is done.

STEP 9: Next, get your frying pan over low heat, add some vegetable oil into it. Also, slice your onions and add them to the frying pan. Allow frying for 5 minutes.

How to Serve Dan Sululu

Normally, Dansululu is dished with a little palm oil or vegetable oil, maggi, salt, and grinded pepper. Nowadays, people prepare to garnish it more by adding cabbage, boiled egg, raw sliced tomato, and meat cut into small pieces.

Occasions to Serve Dan Sululu Best

Most times, this delicacy is consumed as an appetizer. However, it can be taken as any of the three basic meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, it is best to know that making it for any Eids, festive periods, or any get-together consisting of a considerable number of people isn’t advisable because it will take a lot of time and effort to prepare.

How to Store Dan Sululu

Just like Danwake, Dan Sululu doesn’t last for more than 24 hours. On that note, I will advise you to prepare just the quantity enough for present consumption to avoid spoilage.

Nutritional Value of Dan Sululu

Dan Sululu contains basically cassava, which is a good source of carbohydrates. It will give us the necessary energy we need to carry out our daily activities. Because it is dished with other ingredients such as pepper, onion, maggi, cabbage, and boiled, they increase its richness in nutrients.


As you have seen, making Dan Sululu is like a walk in the park as only a little effort is needed. It also doesn’t consume much of your time except if you intend to make it in large quantities like for festivals, naming ceremonies, etc.

Now that you know how to make Dan Sululu recipe, tell me in the comments section below when you will be making yours.

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How to Prepare Miyan Kuka (Baobab Soup)

How to Prepare Miyan Kuka (Baobab Soup)

Miyan Kuka also known as Baobab Soup, is a northern Nigerian soup, usually consumed by the Hausas. Other indigenes do consume it too but not as much as the Hausas do. It is made from the leaves of Baobab trees (Adansonia digitata). It is plucked fresh and then dried. When dry, it is then pounded until it is in powdered form. More so, a sieve is used to sieve out unnecessary particles. Don’t worry; you need not go through all that stress as we have it available in our marketplaces and at affordable prices.

Furthermore, I can arguably say that this is the most consumed soup in northern Nigeria and it is mostly consumed by the Hausas. This is because according to research, every 7 out of 10 Hausa households in this part of the country consume Miyan Kuka every day and at any time of the day.

This most consumed northern Nigerian cuisine is easy to prepare and tastes delicious when it’s properly made. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare Miyan Kuka. Let’s get into it.

Equipment for Making Miyan Kuka

Cooking pot

kitchen knife


Wooden spoon


Ingredients Needed for the Preparation of Miyan Kuka

7 tablespoons of Kuka powder.

½ cup of palm oil.

Boiled meat and/or fish (quantity and size to taste) and broth.    

Ground or pounded locust beans (daddawa).

Ground onion and pepper. Tomato is optional.

Spices like maggi and salt (to taste).

2 cups of water.

Procedure for Preparing Miyan Kuka

STEP 1: Put a clean pot on low heat and pour in your palm oil.

STEP 2: Slice a little onion and put it into the pot. Then;

STEP 3: Allow to fry for 3 to 5 minutes under low heat until it turns brown.

STEP 4: Add in the grinded pepper, onions, and tomato (optional). Cook for 10 minutes.

STEP 5: Add in the grinded locust beans, the boiled meat and/or fish and its broth, and cups of water. Allow to cook for 15 minutes.

STEP 6: Add in your spices and stir well with a wooden spoon, allow to cook for 5 minutes.

STEP 7: Add the Kuka powder, spreading it little by little as you stir with a whisk (locally called maburgi) to ensure you get the desired mixture and avoid lumps. Then;

STEP 8: Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. Ta-da! Your delicious Miyan Kuka is ready to be served.

Swallow That Goes Best With It

Traditionally, Miyan Kuka is mostly dished with Tuwon Masara. In addition, it can also go with Tuwon Shinkafa, Tuwon Alkama, Tuwon Semo, and Tuwon Dawa.

How to Serve Miyan Kuka

Serve Miyan Kuka with a swallow of your choice side by side; that’s how I prefer it. Well, some people prefer it in different dishes, but if you want to feel like an actual Hausa person, eat it from the same plate – the traditional way. Remember to serve hot; the taste is better.

Occasion to Serve

This kind of delicacy isn’t meant for any occasion specifically. It can be consumed as breakfast (dumame, my favourite), or for lunch and dinner. Do not… I repeat, do not serve Miyan Kuka on occasions like weddings. Your wedding will be tagged as the worst ever! It is basically for consumption at home.

How to Store

Its way of storage isn’t different from other local delicacies like Miyan Kubewa, Miyan Karkashi, and the likes. It should be stored in a refrigerator to avoid spoilage. Also, with constant electric power, it can last for a month in the refrigerator. However, in its absence, it only lasts for 3 days. For me, I like to make mine in small quantities to avoid wastage.

Nutritional Value of Miyan Kuka

Miyan Kuka is very rich in Vitamin C together with other essential nutrients like alpha and beta-carotene. This reduces the possibility of cancer development and poor bladder health. It is also of great importance to humans nutritionally as it is rich in medical elements or properties that help in treating common illnesses. More so, it is a great ailment for the treatment of antipyretics, common cold, and diaphoretic.

It becomes more nutritional when you consider the vegetables, spices, fish or meat, etc. in it.


Now that you have learned how to prepare Miyan Kuka, tell me when you will try this at home? Prepare it and make your Hausaman proud.

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How to Prepare Miyan Karkashi (Sesame Leaves Soup)

How to Prepare Miyan Karkashi (Sesame Leaves Soup)

Miyan Karkashi also known in English as Sesame Leaves Soup is a local cuisine consumed in northern Nigeria by the indigenes of the area, mostly by the Hausas. It is made with dried or fresh karkashi leaves – the procedure for preparing the two varieties is the same. For those of you who like draw soups, here is one for you.

Follow me as I will be your guide on how to prepare this delicious soup that will keep you wanting to have more after your first feel of it.

Before we go fully into how it’s being prepared, I would like to draw your attention to something. You wouldn’t need any vegetable or palm oil to make it. This is because it will reduce its sliminess, which is normally needed. However, you can choose to if you want it anyway.

Equipment for Making Miyan Karkashi

Cooking pot
Cooking spoon

Ingredients Used for Making Miyan Karkashi

A bunch of fresh karkashi leaves (sesame leaves) or powdered karkashi leaves

A small piece of potash (kanwa).

Spices and seasoning cubes (proportional to taste).

2 spoons of locust beans (daddawa).

Fresh pepper and onions (grinded).

Fish and/or meat (size and quantity to taste).

Water (as required).

Procedure for Preparation of Miyan Karkashi

STEP 1: Cut your Karkashi leaves into small pieces (pounded or blended) and keep them aside.

STEP 2: Over medium heat, put a pot containing the required amount of water add the locust beans into it (daddawa). Allow to boil.

STEP 3: Add the fish or meat to the cooking pot and allow to cook for 25 minutes.

STEP 4: After then, add the blended Karkashi with a little amount of potash. Stir for a few minutes.

STEP 5: Lower the heat and add your seasoning and spices.

STEP 6: Continue stirring it with a whisk for 3 minutes until you get the mixture very smooth. Then;

STEP 7: Taste the soup using the cooking spoon to see if there is a need to add seasoning and/or spices.

STEP 8: Turn off the cooker and your Miyan Karkashi is ready to be served.

Swallow that Goes Best with It

Miyan Karkashi is best dished with Tuwon Masara. Personally, I prefer to take it with Tuwon Dawa. Yummy… I’m salivating already. Other swallows such as Tuwon Alkama, Tuwon Shinkafa, and others can go with it just fine – your choice.

How to Serve Miyan Karkashi

It will interest you to know that some people serve it with a red stew and take it with whatever swallow they prefer. As usual, it should be served with drinking water (bottled or sachet), and ensure you have a bib on you because there is a proclivity of you messing yourself up. Eat with caution, especially bearded guys.

Occasions to Serve Miyan Karkashi

There is no special occasion for this meal, as it can be consumed any day anytime. Again, in most Hausa communities, Miyan Karkashi and Tuwon Masara can serve as a good combination for breakfast mostly as dumame – informally translated as double-fire. Just so you know, dumame is the surplus or stored food that is eaten as breakfast in Hausa homes when warmed or microwaved.

How to Store Miyan Karkashi

You can store this cuisine in a refrigerator that is constantly powered for as long as you want. However, you stand the chance of losing its actual feel because the taste reduces. If you do not have a refrigerator, it lasts for 2 days at most and only when you keep warming mornings and evenings. Therefore, I advise you to make the quantity just enough for consumption to avoid unnecessary wastage.

Health Benefits of Miyan Karkashi

The leaf itself has a lot of health benefits for humans, some of which are:

  • The production of red blood cells in the body is boosted.
  • It increases the libido and helps boost ovulation in women
  • It increases human eyesight.
  • Because it has a low glycemic index, it is highly recommended for diabetic patients.

When consumed in soup form, it adds to its nutritional value. This is because of the ingredients such as meat, pepper, tomatoes, etc. that are contained in it.


Don’t forget, if you want to get the taste and feel of the real Miyan Karkashi, please, do not use any oil when preparing it. As you have seen, it is very easy to prepare. Hope this was helpful. Tell me in the comments section when you will be making yours.

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How to Prepare Miyan Wake (Beans Soup)

How to Prepare Miyan Wake (Beans Soup)

Miyan Wake popularly known as Beans Soup is a Northern Nigeria cuisine. It is mostly consumed by the Hausa, Nupe, and Yoruba ethnic groups. As the name implies, beans are a primary ingredient in making this delicious recipe. In this article, I will be walking you through how to prepare Miyan Wake (Beans Soup).

How to Prepare Miyan Wake


2 medium Cooking pot

kitchen knife




The following ingredients are needed in the making of Miyan Wake (Beans Soup):

Palm oil
Fresh pepper and onions
A small piece of potash (Kanwa)
Spices and seasoning cubes (maggi, salt, thyme, garlic, and grinded ginger)
Fish and/or meat (quantity and size to taste)
2 cups of water (depending on size and quantity)

Procedure for Preparing Miyan Wake

STEP 1: Soak the beans for 3 hours. You could soak it overnight if you wish to make the soup for breakfast.

STEP 2: Wash the beans properly to entirely remove their shaft, then drain and set aside

STEP 3: Boil your meat or fish until it reaches the desired softness and set aside. Don’t forget to add onions and salt to it.

STEP 4: Over medium heat, place a clean pot on the cooker and add clean water and your beans. Add potash to the beans; this enables them to get soft faster. Allow to cook for 30 minutes

STEP 5: In another pot, add palm oil to the pot and allow it to fry until it turns brown.

STEP 6: Add in the ground pepper, onion, seasoning cubes, and meat or fish, and allow to fry for 3 minutes. Stir gently as they fry. Remember to keep the meat or fish broth.

STEP 7: When the beans are soft, pour the content in STEP 6 into the pot and add the broth. Stir a little and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

STEP 8: Taste it and add more seasoning and/or spices if need be.

STEP 9: When it becomes too thick, add a little water until desired thickness is reached, then reduce the heat. Allow to cook for additional 2 minutes.

STEP 10: When it is done, turn off the cooker and stir. Ta-da! Your Miyan Wake is ready.

Swallows That Best Goes With It

One interesting thing about this delicious delicacy is that it can be consumed alone without any swallowing. However, it is mostly taken with Tuwon Shinkafa or any swallow of your choice.

How to Serve Miyan Wake

It is mostly dished with Tuwon Shinkafa. Other swallows that you can take it with include Tuwon Masara, Tuwon Alkama, Tuwon Semo, Eba, etc. Remember to serve hot.

Occasions to Serve Miyan Wake

Miyan Wake can be served on occasions such as parties, naming ceremonies, weddings, and all festive occasions. It can also be eaten as a basic meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, the Yorubas and Nupes particularly love to serve this meal on their occasions.

How to Store Miyan Wake

This delicacy is stored in the refrigerator and can last for days. In the absence of a refrigerator, it is advisable to cook just one enough for consumption. This is to avoid wastage as this cuisine cannot last for more than 24 hours.

Health Benefits of Miyan Wake

Beans are known to contain a high amount of protein. It also contains carbohydrates, folate, and iron. In addition, beans also have significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber. Together with other ingredients in the soup, you have a rich nutritious meal there.


Now that you know how to prepare Miyan Wake, try making it at home as it is easy to prepare. You could also serve it on that coming occasion for a change to surprise your guests.

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

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