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How to prepare Dan Wake( 9 Easy Steps)

Dan wake is a healthy and delicious meal, that everyone should try. It contains lots of vegetables and vegetables are healthy and necessary in the body.

Ingredients used

This meal is made with the following quantities of ingredients were enjoyed by 3 people.

  • 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 with any or all of the following:

  • Nigeria stir fry
  • Ground cayenne pepper (yaji)
  • Suya spice
  • Sautéed vegetables
  • Sliced Vegetables
    • Onions
    • Cabbage
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumber
  • Stock Cubes
  • Hard boiled eggs

Notes on the Dan wake ingredients

  1. Whatever quantity of Dan Wake you are making, use 2 parts of beans flour to 1 part of cassava flour so like I did above, I used 2 party cups of beans flour and 1 party cup of cassava flour.
  2. 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).
  3. Water is normally used to mix the Dan Wake but I prefer using beef stock because it gives it a better taste rather than the bland taste you get when you mix with water. Even though I use a very tasty sauce to eat Dan Wake, the meal tastes better when it is seasoned all the way through.
  4. The job of the edible potash is to make the Dan Wake balls fluffy. I used baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in the video below, they do the same job.
  5. I get the beef stock when I prepare grilled meat. I boil the meat and store the water (stock) in the freezer for preparing these sort of meals. Also, since I normally eat Dan Wake with the Ultimate Nigerian Stir-fry, I will use some of the stock from boiling the meats for the stir-fry to mix the Dan Wake.
  6. Kuka Powder which is dried and ground baobab leaves is mucilaginous in nature like Ogbono, not as much as Ogbono though and its job is to help bind the Dan Wake even more.
  7. These days some people prepare Dan Wake with only all-purpose flour but the original traditional ingredient for Dan Wake beans flour, try both and see which you prefer.

How to cook Dan Wake

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl: beans flour, cassava flour, baking soda, and Kuka powder.
  2. If you are using edible potash, add the solution and mix. If not, skip this step.
  3. 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 (see video below). If your beef stock finishes and you still have not achieved a soft sticky dough, continue with warm water.
  4. Once you are happy with the dough, set it aside.
  5. Pour some water into a pot and set it on the stove to boil. The size of your pot and the quantity of water depending on the quantity of Dan Wake you are making. You want a situation where you can put all the molded dumplings in the water and still have lots of room for them to swim around.
  6. Once the water boils, start molding 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 mold it into a rough shape (should be like a shapeless amoeba lol) and throw it into the boiling water. Repeat till the dough is exhausted. You will notice that the lumps of Dan Wake jump to the surface of the water as soon as it heats up.
  7. But do stir them so they do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  8. Cover the pot and continue cooking on medium heat.
  9. After 10 minutes, stir and continue cooking. It should be done in 15 to 20 minutes on low to medium heat.

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