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.

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