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
- Grind the mixture of Guinea corn, cassava, and white beans to powder and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Sieve the powder to remove shafts and grains.
- Add your baobab powder and a little soaked potash.
- Pour little water and stir till the powder turns to a paste (ensure not to make it too watery or too thick for dumplings).
- 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.
- Stir boiling dumplings with a spoon and allow them to boil for 10 – 15 minutes.
- 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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