How To Make Nigerian Dan Wake

The major ingredients needed for making this dish include; Grounded beans powder (2 cups), Bao bao (Kuka) (3 teaspoons), Potash (1 teaspoon). There are many traditional and contemporary methods in preparing Dan’s wake. Many people also make use of so many vegetables.

Note; If you used edible potash, the dan wake balls may not be quick to come to the surface when heated but do stir them so they do not stick to the bottom of the pot.

Dan wake can be served with the regular suya spice; Yaji or a traditional sauce prepared with suya pepper, stock cubes, hardboiled eggs, sautéed vegetables: onions, cabbage, tomatoes.


  • 2 cups Grounded beans powder
  • 3 tsps Bao bao (kuka)
  • 1 tsp Potash


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


  • Get Dan wake 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.
  • 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).
  • You then strain all the water and rinse with cold water once. Strain and turn it into a plate.
  • Sprinkle some already fried veg/oil and some suya spice or yaji( dried pounded chili 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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