How to Make Shashshaka

How to Make Shashshaka

This recipe is one of the local northern Nigerian delicacies that are almost going extinct. Why? Well, it is hard to say but one thing I know for sure is that it isn’t because of its taste. No. It looks very fine when well prepared. Its major ingredient is coarse maize flour (Tsakin Masara). Shashshaka also refers to Dan Malele – don’t get confused.

Let’s get into it right away!


Get the following ingredients ready:

5 cups of coarse flour (tsakin masara)

2 cups of water

Seasoning cubes

Palm oil

Salt to taste


Grinded pepper

Procedure for Preparing Shashshaka

STEP 1: Pour clean water in a pot over medium heat and allow to boil.

STEP 2: Wash the tsaki properly and remove dirt, stones, and chaff (dussa) and set it aside. Then;

STEP 3: Pour the tsaki inside the boiling water and stir it gradually to avoid lumps.

STEP 4: When it starts getting thick, leave it to cook for 30 minutes. Then;

STEP 5: Switch off the heat and take it down.

STEP 6: Get a tray and pour the shashshaka on it. Then;

STEP 7: Allow to cool for more than 10 minutes.

STEP 8: Get a clean knife and cut it into your desired sizes and shapes. Tnen;

STEP 9: Over medium heat, put a frying pan and add a little palm oil into it. Slice your onions and add to the frying pan. Allow frying for 5 minutes.

STEP 10: Remove from the frying pan, put it on a plate, and add fried palm oil on top of the shashshaka. Add powdered pepper too. Repeat the same process until the pieces of shashshaka are exhausted.

STEP 11: Finally, your Shashshaka is ready for consumption.

How to Serve Shashshaka

Shashshaka recipe is mostly served with palm oil, powdered pepper, and sliced onions. You could also cut fresh pepper and tomatoes and add to it; it gets more delicious.

Traditionally, it is normally served on big trays.

Occasions to Serve Shashshaka Best

This is a recipe usually served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You could also eat it as an appetizer. However, you do not want to be embarrassed by making it for ceremonies like weddings, festivals, etc.

How to Store Shashshaka

Shashshaka recipe is stored in a cool place and can last for a day or two.

Nutritional Value of Shashshaka

As maize is an energy-giving food, Shashshaka serves as an energy-giving food as it provides us with the energy we need for our day-to-day activities.


As delicious as the recipe is, I wonder why it is consumed less and less by the day. Shashshaka is mostly consumed by the poor or average Nigerians but hey, who says the wealthy can’t have a taste of its sumptuousness?

Try it and tell me your experience in the comments section below.

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