I got inspired to do this post when i saw the homemade version of danwake by Afrolems. On the streets where it's sold in the north, you could get a plate of this dish for as low as 50naira. Danwake is a meal made from cooked balls of dough made from bean flour and kuka powder (ground baobab leaves). Originally from Niger, Danwake has now been adopted as a main staple across the northern part of Nigeria. This meal is rich in protein,vitamin c as well as other nutritional elements such as alpha and beta carotene, potassium, calcium, glutamic acid, mucilage just to name a few.
• 2 cups Bean Flour
• 1/2 cup Kuka powder (Baobab leaves, ground)
• 2 tbsp. Potash (akaun/kanwa)
• Yaji (Ground chili pepper)
• Vegetable Oil
Directions:::Step 1: In a medium sized bowl, Add the Bean flour, Kuka powder - Mix to incorporate
Step 2: In a separate bowl, dissolve the potash in a cup of water. Gently add the potash water into the dry ingredients and mix till you get a smooth sticky/stretchy paste - Set aside
Step 3: In a medium sized pot, heat some water up till it starts to boil and "Bubble". Scoop the bean paste with your hand and drop the paste into the boiling water a little at a time till the batter is used up.
Step 4: Leave to boil for 12-15 minutes till it firms up
Step 5: To serve, drain out the water and place the danwake in a bowl. Drizzle a little vegetable oil, Yaji (ground pepper), crushed seasoning cube, salt over it and mix....Enjoy!