Dan Wake

Dan wake is a delicious meal that is indigenous to the people of Hausa, Nigeria. We can make it in less than 20 minutes if you can find already mixed flour.

First, you will need the dan wake flour – which is readily available now.

Either that or you will use a combination of ground beans Flour or grounded beans powder (2 cups) bao bao ( kuka) (3 teaspoons) and potash (1 teaspoon).

Other ingredients include – dry pepper, groundnut oil, tomatoes, egg, cucumber, carrots and cabbages (the vegetables are optional).

Remember not to use the solid potash, mix it in a half cup of water. It is just best if you have the ‘already-made’ dan wake flour instead of having to mix it yourself. Whatever the case, you are good.

Dan Wake
That is a delicious plate of dan wake, the exact way most Hausas serve it.

I usually serve it with ground cayenne pepper, which is also called (yaji), you can also use Suya Pepper alternatively and choice vegetables.

Stock cubes are not really necessary as the pepper already contains natural sweetener but some people choose to sprinkle a little. As “Sweetness” is defined differently by different people.

dan wake recipe
This is another delicious plate.

Other people serve with different sauces. The meal on its own is almost tasteless, just like prepared eba (garri). Serve with some of the following in other enjoy it.

Dan Wake Ingredients

Grounded beans powder (2 cups)
Bao bao (kuka) (3 teaspoons)
Potash (1 teaspoon).

For Serving:

Ground cayenne pepper (yaji)
Suya (suya pepper or spice)
Sliced Vegetables (onions, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber)
Vegetable/beef sauce.
Stock Cubes
Hard-boiled eggs

How To Make Dan Wake

Here is the recipe for the “Dan wake”.

Step 1

First, you get the Dan wake flour which is readily available now. You get the flour and mix it with a little water to make a thick paste. When you are done with making the paste, boil water in a pot and proceed to the next level.

Step 2

When the water starts to boil, keep forming the paste into small balls and throwing them into the boiling water. Allow them to boil for about 10mins(the balls will rise to the top when they are done).

Step 3

You then strain all the water and rinse with cold water once. Strain and turn it into a plate.

How to Serve

Sprinkle some already fried veg/oil and some yaji(dried pounded chilli pepper mixed with some spices).you can eat your Dan wake with some veg salad, boiled egg or some cucumbers mixed with fresh tomatoes. Bon appetite!

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dan wake recipe

Dan wake Recipe | Hausa Foods

Chef Chidi
Dan wake is a popular food in Hausa land, the recipe is a simple one and can be made in just 20 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People
Calories 279 kcal


  • Pots


  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups Grounded beans powder
  • 3 teaspoons Bao bao kuka
  • 1 teaspoon Potash.

For Serving

  • Vegetable/beef sauce.
  • Sliced Vegetables onions, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber
  • Ground cayenne pepper yaji
  • Suya Pepper (spice)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Stock Cubes


  • Once you can lay your hands on the real dan wake flour, go ahead and mix with water. You don't want too much water so you can mould it into balls. (dan wake flour can be purchased from local markets in Northern Nigeria)
  • Boil water in a pot and keep forming small balls with the mixed flour and throwing them into the boiling water.
  • They should boil for up to 10 minutes and double in size.
  • Strain and serve.
  • To serve dan wake - sprinkle some yaji, stock cubes, use vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and fresh tomatoes for topping.
  • You can also add some hardboiled eggs
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5 stars
Dan wake is the best northern food I have ever tasted👌

November 15, 2020

Thanks for the recipe. I learnt that someone can use yam flour or normal flour in making Dan wake, but I don’t know how true it is.

June 14, 2018

Yes Salma you can use normal flour to make danwake, I honestly prefer it. Use normal flour and use the bao powder to give it the da wake greenish colour, mix it with water and make a thick paste than can be milder into balls, it tastes just as nice. ✨

July 28, 2022

Not healthy, use white beans flour with the others to have a balanced diet, gluten free meal and nutritious

December 1, 2023

Wow, Dan wake is my favourite dish because I grew up in north but I missed it since I left Nigeria.
other way to enjoy it add fried groundnut oil with onion and lemon juice.

April 21, 2018
Muhammad Taseeu Alhassan

5 stars
Hhhhh 😄 that is good

August 20, 2022

Hi. Thanks for sharing. How was it cooked? Baking or frying? And is the overnight soaked rice what you referred to as ground rice? You need to grind the rice before soaking? Can muffin pan be used Pls?

February 8, 2017

danwake can also be prepared following same procedures above but using yam flour thank you all.

November 27, 2016

thanks for the danwake recipes but is best eating with yaji and fryed g/oil and toothpick.thats it special spoon.

November 9, 2016

Dan wake can also be made using the normal flour, just use the same procedure above and you are good, it better eaten with a mixed tomatoe,pepper sauce

September 30, 2016
Chidi Anegbu

Thanks for your input @ Vivi.

October 1, 2016

Chidi, I think this is coming at the right time. I am looking to break away from so many of the foods that I have grown to love. I am however getting bored of some of them and desires to try other Nigerian or foreign recipes. I tried efo Riro last week and it was wonderful. That is a yoruba soup but I am from the middle belt. Haha. I am definitely going to try this Dan wake and then report back to you.

May 21, 2016

Dan wake is my favorite hausa meal, the reason is because we grew up with it. I love your blog thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2016


April 3, 2019

My darling, you’re too much. I don’t have much to say but to say “YOU ARE TOO MUCH”

April 20, 2016

Dan wake is my best, I just miss all the delicious Hausa foods. Thanks for your effort, Chidi.

March 3, 2016

Thanks for sharing! God bless you and your team. Pls how can I make moi moi and Hausa Masa? which is the best sauce or soup for masa.

March 3, 2016

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