How to Prepare Tuwon Masara

How to Prepare Tuwon Masara

Tuwon Masara specifically, is the most consumed of all the types of Tuwos that we have. On the other hand, Tuwon Dawa is the least consumed after Tuwon Alkama of all the classes of Tuwo that we have.

In this article, you will take the lead in showing you how to prepare Tuwon Masara (ya ake Tuwon Masara) without much stress. Let dive into it! First,

Ingredients for Making Tuwon Masara

  1. Grinded maize (maize flour).
  2. 3 litres of water.

Preparation Procedure for It

  1. Grind the maize to flour and sieve it well. Ensure fine texture
  2. In a clean bowl of cold water, pour the maize flour into it. Stir it well until very is in a water state. (This is known as the talge).
  3. Get a clean pot containing 3 litres of water on the fire and allow it to boil.
  4. Pour the mixture in step 2 into the boiling water and stir properly until thick like pap.
  5. Allow boiling for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the maize flour into the pot little by little as you stir. Continue to stir until desired thickness is achieved.
  7. Reduce the heat of your cooker and allow it to steam for 5 minutes.
  8. Mold your Tuwon Masara into balls and put in a warmer.

Soup that Goes with Tuwon Masara Best

The common soup that is usually taken with it traditionally is Miyan Kuka. In addition, it could also be taken with Miyan Kubewa (Okra soup) – fresh or dried Okro, Miyan Taushe, Miyan Karkashi.

How to Serve Tuwon Masara

It is best served hot.

Occasions to Serve Tuwon Masara Best

It is best consumed as lunch and dinner. Sometimes, the leftover can be used as breakfast (as dumame).

But it’s not advisable to serve during festive periods like Eids. It is also not advisable to serve on wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, birthdays, etc.

How to Store Tuwon Masara

By warming it in the morning and evening, it could last for 2 days. However, if kept in a refrigerator, it could last for more days, although, its tastes could be affected. So, preferably, make just enough for consumption and probably for not more than 2 days consumption.

Nutritional Value of Tuwon Masara

As humans, we need the energy to take care of our daily life struggles. As such, we need this most consumed northern delicacy is great as it contains carbohydrates.

However, it is not advisable for diabetic patients as it contains a high amount of starch. So diabetics should keep off, please.


As you have seen, Tuwon Masara is very easy to prepare. It could even be prepared by an amateur cook – like children learning to cook. In addition to its importance, it tastes nice.

Moreover, it is the sweetest of all the Tuwos when eaten for breakfast as leftovers (dumame). Personally, I prefer to take it in the morning. Now tell, when do you intend to make this for yourself or your family?

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How to Make Your Delicious Danwake

How to Make Your Delicious Danwake

Danwake (literarily translated as ‘son of beans’) is a delicacy well known in the northern part of Nigeria, mostly among the Hausa people. It dates back since time immemorial. It is quite fast and easy to make. Some may choose to take it as a basic meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner), and some as a dessert or casual meal. When well prepared, it’s delicious however you serve it. In this article, I will be teaching you how to make this delicious Northern Nigerian cuisine.

Let’s go straight into it!

Ingredients of Making Danwake

You will be needing the following ingredients to make Danwake depending on the quantity you have in mind:

1 cup of guinea corn

½ tin of white beans

3 cups of dried cassava

2 – 4 spoons of baobab powder (kuka)

A small piece of potash (kanwa)

Procedures for Preparation

  1. Grind the mixture of Guinea corn, cassava, and white beans to powder and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Sieve the powder to remove shafts and grains.
  3. Add your baobab powder and a little soaked potash.
  4. Pour little water and stir till the powder turns to a paste (ensure not to make it too watery or too thick for dumplings).
  5. Keep your water boiling at 1000C, then pinch and dump the dough into the boiling water in the desired sizes. (Boiling water should be at least the same volume or more as the volume of dumplings you want to make.
  6. Stir boiling dumplings with a spoon and allow them to boil for 10 – 15 minutes.
  7. Sieve your dumplings and put them in clean cold water. Rinse twice and your Danwake is ready.

Furthermore, get your frying pan on fire and pour vegetable oil into it. Slice your onions and add them to the frying pan. Allow frying for 2 to 3 minutes.

How to Serve Danwake

Traditionally, Danwake is normally dished with vegetable oil, fried onion, maggi, salt, and grinded pepper. But nowadays, it is well garnished with boiled egg, cabbage, tomato, and even boiled or fried meat. Ways to serve are numerous depending on one’s interest and financial capability.

Occasions to Serve Best

Danwake is best served as breakfast or as lunch. It’s not advisable to serve on occasions like Eid, Naming Ceremony, Marriage, or the likes.

How to Store Danwake

This delicacy cannot be stored for more than 24 hours. So, I advise you make just the quantity you need at the moment.

Nutritional Value of Danwake

When served, this delicacy has rich nutritional value, depending on how you choose to serve it. Primarily, it contains carbohydrates (cassava and guinea corn), vitamins (onion and pepper), and protein (white beans) in the dough alone. If you choose to add meat and cabbage to it, that’s an additional protein and vitamins respectively.


As you have seen, how to make danwake (yadda ake danwake) – the northern delicacy a lot of people like is as easy as breathing in and out of air by a healthy individual. So, when will you try preparing this at home? Tell me in the comments section below.

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How to Prepare Tuwon Shinkafa

How to Prepare Tuwon Shinkafa

Tuwon Shinkafa is a northern Nigerian recipe that is prepared with the soft rice variety. You could also use the other varieties of rice to prepare it, but they won’t give you the best experience. Personally, this is my favourite of all the classes of tuwos that we have. Do you want to know how to prepare Tuwon Shinkafa? Stay with me.

This type of delicacy is consumed by almost every tribe in the north and so, it is not specifically related to the Hausa people. More so, it is very delicious as it goes with almost every Nigerian soup that you know.

Now that you know what Tuwon Shinkafa is, let’s go straight into how this Northern Nigerian cuisine is been prepared. Kindly allow me to be your guide. Not to worry, it isn’t difficult to prepare.

Ingredients for preparing Tuwon Shinkafa

You will need the following ingredients to make Tuwon Shinkafa, depending on the quantity you intend to make:

3 cups of short-grain rice or local rice

2 litres of water (more or less)

Procedure for the Preparation of Tuwon Shinkafa

  1. Get a clean pot and put it on fire.
  2. Add the desired quantity of water to it and allow it to boil. You could add a little more than the quantity you need just in case the need arises. Keep the excess water separately in a bowl before the next step.
  3. Wash the short grain of rice and pour it inside the boiling water. Boil until it becomes very soft and sticky (if the rice isn’t done before the water dries up, you can add a little hot water to it, NOT cold water)
  4. Use a wooding spoon to mash the soft rice thoroughly to form a soft dough.
  5. Wash your hand and mold the Tuwon Shinkafa into balls and put it inside a warmer.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy your Tuwon Shinkafa.

How to Serve Tuwon Shinkafa

It is dished normally with Miyan Taushe, Miyan Alayyahu (Spinach Soup), and Egusi soup. Serving it with Egusi soup is my favourite. In addition, you could also serve it with other northern Nigerian soups such as Miyan Kuka, Miyan Wake, Miyan Kubewa (Okro soup), etc.

Occasions to Serve Best

This delicacy is best consumed on special occasions as festivals or eids or any get-together. In addition, it could also be consumed any day, any time – breakfast (as leftover “dumame”), lunch, dinner – just anytime is fine. It is best when served hot.

How to Store Tuwon Shinkafa

This delicacy can be stored for many days provided it is in the refrigerator and constantly powered with electricity. However, inadequate cooling could result to its spoilage.

Nutritional Value of Tuwon Shinkafa

Does Tuwon Shinkafa has rich nutritional value? Yes. Because of the rice, it contains carbohydrates needed to give us the energy to cope with the daily struggles of life.


If you follow the above procedures strictly, getting a perfectly and deliciously made Tuwon Shinkafa will be right in front of you for consumption.

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How to Prepare Your Delicious Miyan Taushe

How to Prepare Your Delicious Miyan Taushe

Have you any festivals you are looking forward to? Have you any occasion at hand and you’ve run out of soup to cook? If yes, you should try Miyan Taushe and you will be glad you did. Miyan Taushe is a Northern Nigerian cuisine and commonly eaten by Hausa and Fulani. It is a soup basically made from pumpkin (kabewa) and is usually eaten during festivities or occasions, but some take it as a basic meal (like for lunch or dinner). In this article, I will teach you how to prepare Miyan Taushe.

Miyan Taushe is easy to cook, very delicious, and has high nutritional value. Follow me as I take you through the step-by-step procedure on how to prepare it.

Ingredients for Miyan Taushe

You will need the following ingredients to make Miyan Taushe:

1 pumpkin (kabewa)

I cup of palm oil or vegetable oil

½ cup of peanuts (grinded peanuts)

Grinded tomatoes

Grinded pepper

Chopped spinach (alayyahu)

Grinded onions

Spices like thyme, curry, maggi, and salt.

Fish and/or meat

3 cups of water

Procedure for Preparation

  1. Put a clean pot on the fire and pour in your palm oil or vegetable oil.
  2. Slice your onions and put them into the pot.
  3. Allow onions to fry for 3 to 5 minutes under medium heat until it turns brown.
  4. Add in the grinded tomatoes, pepper, and onions. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Slice your pumpkin and add to the cooking pot.
  6. Add 2 cups of water to the cooking pot as well.
  7. Add the fish and/or meat to the cooking pot and allow to cook for 20 minutes
  8. Slice additional onions and keep them aside with your chopped spinach (alayyahu).
  9. Add grinded peanuts to the cooking pot and cook for 5 to 8 minutes.
  10. Add your spices (maggi, curry, salt, etc.) and stir the stew well. Allow to cook for 10 minutes
  11. Taste and adjust spices if need be.
  12. Reduce the heat add your onion and chopped spinach and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  13. Ta-da! Your Miyan Taushe is ready to be served.

Swallow That Goes Best with It

It mostly goes with Tuwon Shinkafa preferably, but other swallows too like Eba, pounded yam, and all the classes of Tuwo could go with it just fine as well.

How to Serve Miyan Taushe Best

Traditionally, Miyan Taushe is usually dished with Tuwon Masara (a meal prepared with maize flour), Tuwon Shinkafa (a meal prepared with rice, mostly short-grained rice), Tuwon Alkama (a meal prepared with wheat flour), and Tuwon Dawa (a meal prepared with guinea corn flour).

It tastes best when served hot.

Occasions to Serve Miyan Taushe Best

Traditionally, Miyan Taushe can be enjoyed on occasions like Eids, Naming Ceremony, or any festival. In addition, it could also serve as a basic meal. Some prefer to eat it on a Friday as lunch to mark the day well.

How to Store Miyan Taushe

This type of soup can be best stored in the refrigerator. In the absence of a refrigerator, you will need to be warming it mornings and evenings to avoid spoilage. It can last for months in the refrigerator as long as there is constant electric power, unlike without it.

Nutritional Value of Miyan Taushe

It contains almost all of the classes of food we have: protein and minerals because of the meat and/or fish, and peanut; vitamins because of the vegetables; lipids because of the oil; water, etc.


The above-mentioned procedures for making Miyan Taushe when followed will give a promising result. I guarantee it for you. Now that you know how to prepare Miyan Taushe, when will you try preparing it?

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This is How You Turn Down Someone Nicely and Politely

This is How You Turn Down Someone Nicely and Politely

Perhaps, you have been asked out by someone, proposed to by someone, invited to join a team, or someone is wanting to be friends with you. In life, you can’t escape situations like these. Now, do you wish to know how to reject someone politely, and probably still be friends? If your answer is positive, then this post is for you.

Let me be your tour guide on how to reject that girl/boy nicely, how to turn down someone politely and how to reject any offer in general, politely.

9 Ways to Reject Someone Politely

1. Prepare Yourself to It

As easy as you may see it as do not think of confronting the person in question without actually making a plan on how you want everything to go about. “Failure to plan is planning to fail” phrase cannot be more right.

First, the approach you will use depends on the individual. Therefore, ensure you know the individual well. If you already do, then that’s fine. Now, think of what to say and the gestures you should use while saying it. Please, do not give a long speech, you may begin to sound unserious, childish, or boring if you do.

So, be as brief as possible except in a situation where they keep interrupting, only then should it be long. Even at that, try to break any conversation short – in a nice way the moment you sense it.

2. Be Honest about It

How to reject someone politely can be achieved successfully if you’re honest about it. There is this special attraction people feel for honest people, even the dishonest ones. Ensure that whatever you say is true and nothing but the truth. Saying things that are false is the wrong way to go about rejecting someone. This is because since they already know you, sometimes very well, chances are they will spot a false statement from you.

This will make you look rather unserious. They may even begin to question themselves “What was I even thinking when I decided to profess my love/friendship/marriage proposal to this jerk? He/she doesn’t even worth me”. You wouldn’t what that, would you?

3. Do it Face-to-Face

For me, breaking up or rejecting someone by doing it face to face is the best. It tells or shows them that you have regard for them. This will make it easier for them to accept your rejection.

However, you could send them a sweet text message conveying your intention. A text message like:

“Hello there. Good day and I hope this message meets you in a good mood and sound health. I just texted to let you know I have thought well about your offer for love/marriage/friendship well, and this is the decision I have come up with. There is no better way to say this, but I believe you deserve better – someone way better than me…”

As good as the above message may seem, saying it physically sounds way better than saying it over a text message.

4. Do it Yourself

As tempting as it is to send someone else because you’re not confident, say a member of your family, or friend, do it yourself. Be bold, be confident, and most importantly, be nice while conveying your message.

The benefit of doing yourself to them is that they see you as a person worth their time and space even though they obviously know you aren’t interested or available. In addition, they will respect you as someone with courtesy and a sense of humour. Moreover, you get to benefit from doing the rejection yourself by them seeing you in whatever nice way they see you.

5. Avoid Giving False Hope

Always put it at the back of your mind that you are doing this because you do not have the time, space, or heart to accommodate them. Stick to that. Therefore, be straightforward.

All your statements and actions should be tailored in that direction and not anything contrary. For instance, they like seeing messages from you, they like to sit close to you always, they like being with you – just the two of you, they like you assisting them in doing some stuff, do not avail them the opportunity of having all of those all the time. Reduce it significantly or do not do it again if you genuinely know you do not want them.

Well, that doesn’t stop you from being nice to them, but not in a way that will send them a wrong signal.

6. Don’t Mention Their Flaws

As you begin to talk, remember, avoid mentioning their flaws. For instance, you are rejecting a girl/guy which the major reason why you are rejecting them is that they smell terribly bad always, can’t cook, dress badly, are unreligious etcetera. Do not say that to them. Avoid mentioning any attribute about them that is negative. Remember, the aim is to be seen as nice after the show.

However, look for positive attributes and say a little about them. Do not concentrate on that though. For instance, you could say:

“… you are beautiful/handsome, I envy your intellect and I love how honest you are to me by seeing me worthy of being a part of your life…”

This will make you sound nice and good.

7. Be More Focused on Your Needs

We humans have our individual needs as regards whom we want to be friends with have a relationship, teamwork with, marry, etc. Here, concentrate more on your needs as a person. For instance, if you are that kind of person who focuses or gives more attention to your carrier and have little or no time for love, you could say:

“I’m grateful and thrilled by your offer and I can’t be happier than I already am by it. However, I’m in a moment where my career is my top priority. I do not mean to sound rude but the truth needs to be told. The time I’m needed most by my carrier is now and I spend a lot of time attending to it. Putting you now in the equation will only worsen my situation because I will be having less time for you, and truly, you deserve better…”

Please, do not mention any of their needs. That could mess up all the things you have said or will say.

8. Don’t Make Them Wait for Long

Sometimes, rejecting someone could be scary most especially if you are heavily indebted to that person. The best way to avoid being in that kind of position is by refusing gratitude from anyone except when it becomes highly necessary.

Nevertheless, do not be scared, do not feel ungrateful, and do not hesitate. In other words, do not make them wait for long. Do it the moment you find a suitable opportunity to.

9. Do It at the Right Time

Just because you do not want them and you have prepared for it and gathered the courage to meet them, shouldn’t make you selfish. Endeavour to do it at the appropriate time. For instance, you do not want to reject someone even if politely while they are in a bad mood, or when they are ill, lost a dear one, did badly in an examination or interview, or the likes. I guess no. You will want to reject them while they are somewhere in between being happy and sad.

Timing is very key whenever you want to do something in life, not only rejecting someone. So, target the right time.


Nobody wants to be rejected in any way, but because we don’t always get what we want or need, there is bound to be rejection here and there. You may want someone but they may not want you back. That’s life for you. Nonetheless, if you have to reject someone politely, you could use the above-mentioned ways to accomplish that.

If you find this article helpful, kindly share with us what you think in the comments section. More so, you could also tell us how you got to reject someone politely as well. Meanwhile, if you tried forgiving someone and you felt it was impossible then check this out.

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