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.

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