The Nigerian Dan Wake Recipe

Dan Wake which literally means Son of Beans is a Northern Nigerian recipe. Most people call Dan Wake Beans Dumplings in English because the preparation is similar.

The Dan Wake on its own is pretty tasteless just like fufu meals and it relies on a sauce or side dish for its taste just like our fufu meals rely on Nigerian Soups for their tastes. It is served with ground cayenne pepper (yaji), you can also use Suya Pepper, hardboiled eggs, onions, cabbage, tomatoes; and you can even see some people crush stock cubes and sprinkle on top. Whatever floats your boat, the Dan Wake is game.


2 small party cups beans flour

1 small party cup cassava flour

2 teaspoons baking soda or 2 teaspoons edible potash

2 tablespoons kuka powder

Beef stock

~Serve Dan Wake with any or all of the following:

Ultimate Nigerian Stir-fry

Ground cayenne pepper (yaji)

Suya Pepper ( Suya Spice)

Sautéed vegetables

Sliced Vegetables





Stock Cubes

Hard boiled eggs

Notes on the ingredients

*Whatever quantity of Dan Wake you are making, use 2 parts of beans flour to 1 part of cassava flour.

*The job of the cassava flour is to bind the beans flour as it contains lots of starch. If you do not have cassava flour, use plain flour (all-purpose flour).

*Water is normally used to mix the Dan Wake but it’s best using beef stock because it gives it a better taste rather than the bland taste you get when you mix with water.

Before you cook Dan Wake

There’s not much pre-preparation going on with Dan Wake. The only thing is that if you are using edible potash, mix it with a small quantity of water and sieve. You will use only the liquid, no sediments. Set this liquid aside.

Cooking Directions

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl: beans flour, cassava flour, baking soda and kuka powder.

If you are using edible potash, add the solution and mix. If not, skip this step.

Start adding the beef stock bit by bit and mix the Dan Wake ingredients at the same time till you get a soft sticky dough.

Once you are happy with the dough, set it aside.

Pour some water in a pot and set on the stove to boil. The size of your pot and the quantity of water depends on the quantity of Dan Wake you are making.

Once the water boils, start moulding the Dan Wake dough with your fingertips. You pick up a small quantity of the dough (about the size of an adult fufu swallow) with your fingertips and mould into a rough shape (should be like a shapeless amoeba lol) and throw into the boiling water. Repeat till the dough is exhausted.

Notes :

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.

Cover the pot and continue cooking on medium heat.

After 10 minutes, stir and continue cooking. It should be done in 15 to 20 minutes on low to medium heat.

Serve with the aforementioned side dishes and vegetables.

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