Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Danwake (Bean flour Dumplings)

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
• 2 tbsp. Potash (akaun/kanwa)
• Yaji (Ground chili pepper)
• Vegetable Oil 
• Salt

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!


  1. Anonymous4:12 pm

    Beans and kuka Danwake is a delicious food. there is however a variation made from alubo. or elubo (yoruba cassava flour). My mum is from plateau state and my grandmum used to make this variation of danwake for us using kulikuli (fried groundnut paste) to coat it. Its the same preparation method but we mix only the alubo in moderate water for stretch paste, mould into shape, cook it in hot boiling water for 10-15 minutes, drain water, strain and mix it with the grounded kulikuli, little groudnut/vegetable oil, fresh or dried pepper, salt and maggi. optional onions or crayfish. This is easier and very fast to make. Its very yummy and delicious. Try the alubo version and see the difference.

    1. Thanks for the wonderful contribution Anon :). Would try it out and see how it goes.

  2. Looks tasty. Hope to try it out.

  3. Looks tasty. Hope to try it out.

    1. it sure is damie. Do let us know how it goes :)

    2. Adeola6:15 am

      Thanks alot 4 dis recipe

    3. you are welcome adeola :)

  4. thnx for d info. pls will d beans b peeled before grinding

    1. no it's not peeled. it is grinded into powder with the skin

  5. foodie5:43 pm

    Hi Dobby. Oh my God where have i been???!!! Just stumbled on your blog today and i've been greedily reading up on all your posts. Beautiful blog and pictures. I've subscribed to your mail lis already and will definitely follow you on twitter.

    Danwake... reminds me of when we used to sneak out of school in Kano wayyyy back to go buy some. Delicious.

    i know i'm blabbing but forgive me, i'm just a foodie. Kudos on a job well done

    1. Glad to have you here foodie :). Thanks for the compliments :)

  6. Anonymous11:49 am

    Hi Dobby Is it possible to prepare Danwake with flour instead of the beans

    1. Yes it is. Those are known as dumplings.


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