How to Prepare Tuwon Shinkafa Delicious


Tuwon shinkafa, also known as Nigerian rice balls, is a traditional Hausa dish made with cooked rice that’s been pounded into a dough-like consistency. The dough is then rolled into balls and served with a variety of soups, stews, or sauces. The most popular type of soup to serve with tuwon shinkafa is miyan taushe, which is a spicy tomato and peanut soup. Tuwon shinkafa is a popular dish in northern Nigeria, and it’s often eaten for breakfast or lunch. a fufu dish from northern Nigeria called Tuwo Shinkafa is made with soft rice. It is typically served with Miyan Kuka, Miyan Taushe, and other Northern Nigerian soups. It pairs nicely with other Nigerian soups as well.

It is best to use a soft rice variety that cooks to a sticky consistency for Tuwo Shinkafa. This is to facilitate the easy mashing of the grains into a fufu (tuwo) mass.


  • Medium- to short-grained soft rice
  • Water (enough to cook the rice until it’s really sticky and mushy)

Before you make Tuwo Shinkafa

Rinse the rice in cold waterand place it in a large saucepan.

Directions for making tuwon shinkafa

STEP 1. Cover the rice with enough water and cook it over a medium heat.

STEP 2. Check the rice by crushing it between your fingers after the initial dosage of water has dried up. The rice has to be cooked a little bit further if there is any resistance to pressing the grains.

STEP 3. Turn down the heat to low, pour in a little more water, and cook until the water evaporates.

STEP 4. Continue doing this until the rice is so tender that it melts under your fingers.

STEP 5. When you’re satisfied, use a wooden spatula to mash the rice by transferring little amounts of it from the pot’s far end to your side.

STEP 6. Once all of the rice grains have been transformed into a heap of tuwo, fold the mound of tuwo and continue.

STEP 7. For approximately two minutes, leave it covered and let it steam.

STEP 8. Mix well, then transfer serving amounts onto a piece of slender plastic wrap and seal. The tuwo doesn’t dry out thanks to its covering.

Serve them in smaller balls, as seen in the above image.
Serve any Nigerian soup with Tuwo Shinkafa. It tastes well with Yakuwa Soup.

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