How to Prepare Tuwon Dawa

How to Prepare Tuwon Dawa

Tuwon Dawa specifically, is the least consumed of all the types of Tuwos that we have (Tuwon Shinkafa, Tuwon Alkama, Tuwon Masara, Tuwon Semo, etc.). It is usually dark brown, kind like Yoruba’s most decorated swallow – Amala. It is easy to prepare, just like Tuwon Masara and the procedure for its preparation is somewhat the same. This article seeks to teach you how to prepare Tuwon Dawa (yadda ake Tuwon Dawa) without much stress.

Permit me to go straight into it!

Ingredients for Making Tuwon Dawa

Ingredients needed to prepare this recipe are guinea corn and 3 litres of water.

Procedure for Making Tuwon Dawa

STEP 1: Grind the guinea corn into flour and sieve it well. Ensure fine texture

STEP 2: In a clean bowl of cold water, pour a little guinea flour into it. Stir it well until perfectly mixed and in a watery state. (This is known as the talge).

STEP 3: Over medium heat, get a clean pot containing 3 litres of water on the fire and allow it to boil.

STEP 4: Pour the mixture in step 2 into the boiling water. Stir properly until thick like pap.

STEP 5: Allow boiling for 5 minutes.

STEP 6: Add the guinea corn flour into the pot little by little as you stir. Continue to stir until desired thickness is achieved.

STEP 7: Reduce the heat of your cooker and allow it to steam for 5 minutes.

STEP 8: Mold your Tuwon Dawa into balls and put in a warmer.

Soup that Best Goes with Tuwon Dawa

The common soup that is usually taken with it traditionally is Miyan Kuka. In addition, it could also be taken with Miyan Kubewa (Okra soup) – fresh or dried Okro, Miyan Taushe, Miyan Karkashi, Miyan Wake, etc.

How to Serve Tuwon Dawa

It is best served hot.

Occasions to Serve Tuwon Dawa Best

It is best consumed as lunch and dinner. Sometimes, the surplus can be used as breakfast (as dumame). Dumame is the Hausa name for double-fire.

But it’s not advisable to serve during festive periods like Eids. It is also not advisable to serve on wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, birthdays, etc.

How to Store Tuwon Dawa

By warming it in the morning and evening, it could last for 2 days. However, if kept in a refrigerator, it could last for more days, although, its tastes could be affected. So, preferably, make just enough for consumption and probably for not more than 2 days.

However, just like Tuwon Semo, Tuwon Dawa is not interesting when warming it the traditional way (i.e. putting the molds in a pot containing water and allowing it to boil). The best way to warm it is by using a microwave.

Nutritional Value of Tuwon Dawa

As humans, we need the energy to take care of our daily life struggles. As such, we need this northern Nigerian delicacy as it contains a high amount of carbohydrates.

However, it is not advisable for diabetic patients as it contains a high amount of starch. So diabetics should keep off, please.


As you have seen, Tuwon Dawa is very easy to prepare. It could even be prepared by an amateur cook – like children learning to cook. In addition to its importance, it tastes nice. Nonetheless, one of its setbacks to many is that it is not good looking at all, I must say.

Personally, I prefer to take it in the evening. Now tell me, when do you intend to make this for yourself or your family?

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How to Prepare Tuwon Alkama (Wheat Swallow)

How to Prepare Tuwon Alkama (Wheat Swallow)

Tuwon Alkama is one of the most favoured of the current trending foods in Nigeria. It is specifically a delicacy prescribed by doctors for diabetic patients. It is consumed mostly by the Hausa people of northern Nigerian. Furthermore, it is also easy to make and tastes delicious. Have you been wondering how prepare this trending food in Nigeria is been prepared? Stay with me as this article seeks to guide you on the steps to prepare your sumptuous Tuwon Alkama.

Equipment Needed

Turning stick

Ingredients for Making Tuwon Alkama

The ingredients needed to make this delicacy are just 2 cups of wheat flour and 3 litres of water.

Procedure for Making Tuwon Alkama

STEP 1: Wash and dry wheat in the sun and grind to a fine flour and sieve it.

STEP 2: Get a pot of water of 3 litres on fire and allow it to boil. Then;

STEP 3: Add a little wheat flour to a cold bowl of water and stir to mix to a watery state (talge).

STEP 4: Add step 3 to the boiling water and stir until it becomes thick like pap. Then;

STEP 5: Allow to cook for 5 minutes. Then;

STEP 6: Add the wheat flour to the content in the pot little by little and stir well until it is smooth and reaches the desired thickness.

STEP 7: Reduce your cooker heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Then;

STEP 8: Mold into balls and put in a warmer.

How to Serve Tuwon Alkama

Tuwon Alkama can best be served with soups such as Miyan Kubewa (Okro soup), Miyan Kuka (Baobab soup), Miyan Karkashi, Miyan Gyada, etc.

Occasions to Serve Best

Tuwon Alkama when served with any of the above-mentioned soups can be feasted as dumame (also known informally as double fire) in the morning, or freshly served as lunch and dinner too.

Just so you know, dumame is the food that is consumed as breakfast which is prepared from the remains of unconsumed food from the previous day that is still edible.

How to Store Tuwon Alkama

This delicacy can be stored for a day or 2 as long as it is being warmed morning and evening. So, I advise you make just the quantity you need at the moment. However, if you choose to store it in a refrigerator, it may be okay for a few more days but its taste will greatly be affected.

Nutritional Value of Tuwon Alkama

When served, this delicacy has rich nutritional value, depending on how you choose to serve it. The delicacy itself contains carbohydrates because of the wheat (alkama) in it; this provides you the energy needed for your day-to-day activities. In addition, a diabetic patient can enjoy it as it is one of the foods most recommended for diabetic patients by medical practitioners.


Now that you have learned how to prepare Tuwon Alkama (Wheat Swallow), when do you intend to have a taste of it by preparing it yourself?

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