If you grew up in the North and you have tasted Dan Wake, you’ll definitely relish your childhood days.

Dan wake’ means ‘beans in Hausa and the main ingredient for this meal is bean flour. Its flour, which is readily available, is used to prepare this meal. It is very easy and quick to prepare. You will ask for more when you taste Dan wake. It doesn’t matter if you are in the Northern part of Nigeria or not, the ingredients are available in any market.


The list of ingredient includes beans flour (ground beans flour or grounded beans powder), ground cayenne pepper (yaji), suya pepper/spice, onions, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, vegetable oil, beef sauce, stock cubes and eggs.

Before Preparation

First thing to do is to mix the flour with a little water to make a thick paste. Also slice the vegetables i.e. onions, cabbage, tomatoes, and cucumber, then set aside.

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Cooking Direction

Put water in a pot on a medium heat. When the water starts to boil, keep forming the paste into small balls and throwing them into the boiling water. Allow the small balls to boil for about 10 minutes until you see the balls rising to the top.

The next thing to do is to strain all the water and rinse with cold water then turn into a plate. Sprinkle some already fried vegetable oil and beef sauce on the boiled paste. Also mix it with dry cayenne pepper and suya spices.

Dan Wake is tasteless without the spices, so it is the spices and sauces that give it it’s sweetening taste. You can then boil your egg to be served with Dan Wake. Vegetable salad (cucumber, onion, cabbage, tomatoes) are also included in the delicacy. Enjoy your Dan Wake using a fork or a toothpick. Bon appetite!

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