Masa or Hausa rice cake is another one of Hausa delicious meals. It is made with what we call ‘tuwo rice’ in Northern Nigeria.

Tuwo rice is a special kind of rice that is used particularly for tuwo shinkafa.

The good thing about tuwo rice is that it tends to stick together with one another, unlike the conventional rice grains that tends to stay apart.

Here is the recipe for tuwo shikafa and Miyan Geda

This recipe and pictures were sent by Ramatu. It is actually a simple recipe. Aside the soaking that happens to part of the rice used in making masa, the rest is very straight-forward.

It can be made in less than 90 minutes.

This is the picture of masa (Hausa Rice Cake).

This recipe shows you how to make masa (Hausa rice cake), I think you are going to love it if you do it right. Once you have the right kind of pan, you are good to go.

Ingredients. | Serving: 4

3 cups of tuwo rice.
2 Table spoons of sugar.
Teaspoon of yeast.
Teaspoon of potash.
Table spoon of oil
50ml of vegetable oil
Salt to taste.

You will also need the masa baking pan as well as basic cooking utensils.

Masa is mostly taken with miyan taushe but u can still eat with yagi (spiced ground pepper). There are other complimentary meals that can be served alongside. However, these two are just top on the list.

Get 3 cups of tuwo rice in a bowl. Divide into two equal part. Wash the first part and soak in a bowl with potash. The image below is that of tuwo rice.
Tuwo rice
This is how tuwo rice actually looks like, it is readily available in Northern Nigeria and several other parts of the country.

How to Make Masa

This is what you should do; soak a teaspoon of ground potash in half cup of water, allow to setle. Then pour into the first part in a bowl, don’t add the residue. Add more water and allow to soak for 8-10hours. It is best if you soak it overnight.

When you are ready to prepare the masa, get the second part of the tuwo rice. Wash and boil it with just water. Boil it until it is very soft. Go ahead and mash it to pulp.

Mix the ground rice with the mashed rice together. Add sugar and salt to taste. Add teaspoon of yeast, stir and allow frothing for 30 minutes. The batter should be running not thick.
making masa
Grease your masa pan with vegetable oil and scoop your batter into the pan. Allow to cook until it is golden brown. Turn the other side with a spoon and also observe as it cooks and turn golden brown.
Baking rice cake

This is how to make Hausa Masa, you can serve with Yaji (Hausa spiced ground pepper) or miyan taushe.

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I am from igbo but my family have been living in the Bauchi for the last 26 years. I don’t even know how to make my tribal foods. All I know is how to make Hausa foods. I just made some delicious masa. I will send you the recipe picture soon. Thanks.

March 3, 2016

Hello everyone..I’m new here…Masa is one of my favourite Hausa delicacies..I have one question tho,..d rice that was soaked overnyt, it would be grinded abi??..

September 1, 2017

I’d probably start with masa. It seems quite simple and I am feeling confident already. I will get back to you once I am done.

April 25, 2016

Omg! I love masa, you just reminded me of my mother’s kitchen. I am from Hausa but serving in the east. It have been a long time since I enjoyed anything from home. Igbo foods are great but there is nothing that compares with an original Hausa food.

April 25, 2016

what do I do with the soaked rice? it looks simple though complicated. can I use foreign rice and the pan, ha! that’s another problem. please help me o, I would love to try it… thank you. looks yummy

April 30, 2016

Wao.. As simple as dis, i love masa and am going to try making it, Tnx

October 9, 2016

You grind the soaked rice. Some people grind it along with the boiled one, easier than mashing (softer if done in local grinding machines not blender)
The rice used is white rice.
For the pan, you could always use a non-stick pan, and make it wider like pancakes

September 20, 2017

My mum used to make us masa….but there’s something different about masa bought by d road side or in bauchi.I will try this recipe.tanx.

June 22, 2016

Bauchi masa is da bomb!

December 3, 2016
Olalekan Badmus

Bauchi masa is the best in Nigeria

June 22, 2019
Monica igwe

Theres something about bauchi masa that’s bags differently. I am igbo and since I came to abuja it’s been hard to get tasty masa

June 8, 2020

i will to try it o,becoz i love masa and i want to do something different and special for my hubby.
So can i use foreign rice in making it? pls i need to know. thanks

January 4, 2017

Hi chichi can I use the flat frying pan? Ll like to give it a try, but dat pan. Tnx

March 8, 2017
Chy Anegbu

I haven’t tried that one yet, but you can try it and give us feedback.

March 9, 2017

Hi. Im trying to fry my masa, but it is not getting golden brown, it is not cooking and holding together. When i try to flip it, it breaks back into dough. Ive tried low heat, ive tried high heat. What am i doing wrong?

April 28, 2018

Please I need a favour or I’m going to have a nightmare. What are the kinds of sauce you can use to eat masa/waina apart from miyan taushe?

March 29, 2017
Chy Anegbu

I will get back to you on that one. Please don’t have a nightmare.

March 31, 2017

Any kind of sauce will do as farrr as u love it.stew, ygwu or scent leeeavee source.

February 28, 2018
Mariam Abdulsalam

I tried it but it not stick together after frying I don’t maybe is because I did not add potash or because is watery

April 18, 2017

Did you fix it eventually? I have the same problem.

April 28, 2018
Aliu Jalo

Well done thus, buh I actually hav a different and spongy method of making Masa.
Follow me on ma facebook Acc @ aliu abubakar jalo lets cook

June 15, 2017

Hello, I don’t live in Nigeria anymore, and it’s hard to get potash. Can I use baking soda, or something else? Thank you.

February 9, 2018
Chy Anegbu

I am not sure baking soda does the same job as potash, your masa may end up slightly different from the real thing.

February 11, 2018

5 stars
You can eat it with any pepper soup of your choice, eg, oxtail, ram beef etc. you can also take it with normal vegetable soup, but it should be watery

January 18, 2020

Simple and straight forward .

May 16, 2018

can you store it in the fridge? And how long can it be stored for?

August 25, 2018


Kindly advise on any Fulani food to prepare

March 14, 2019
presh steve

I tried my own Masa, the outer part what very ok but the inside was still raw. .. could it be coz yeast was too much or because I used the normal rice instead of tuwon shinkafa kind?

August 21, 2019
Chy Anegbu

I think it’s probably because you had too much heat. It should be cooked slowly.

August 25, 2019

I tried this recipe the golden brown colour was perfect but my masa is not fluffy inside instead it’s too thick and heavy. What can I do to get a fluffy or spongy kind of masa

December 29, 2019
Chiagoziem Juliet

Masa has always been my favorite😍😋😋. Thanks for the recipe tho

April 15, 2020
Kinziv silver

What if I want to make for 30 people how how will I go about it

May 14, 2020
kabirat ibrahim

Thanks for the recipe. I tried ur recipe but my Masa is not coming up well. I think the batter is watery bcoz the outside of the Masa was well fried but the inside was undone. Pls is there any remedy to this.

May 28, 2020

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