How to Prepare Tuwo Shinkafa and Mia Kuka

Just as Amala and Ewedu is a perfect combo to the Yorubas, Tuwo Shinkafa and Mia Kuka is one of the most preferred and tasty meal combo’s popular among the Northerners.

Made from rice, the Tuwo Shinkafa goes down with any soup. If you are a rice lover, it would be the perfect way to shake things up and join the swallow gang. While Mia Kuka is usually eaten with Tuwo Shinkafa, it can also be enjoyed with any swallow.

Tuwo Shinkafa and Mia Kuka should be at the top of your list especially during the Ramadan. It’s tasty, healthy and the perfect meal to break your fast.

See the recipe below:


Recipe – Tuwo Shinkafa


  • Soft Rice
  • Water


  • Wash the rice and boil until it’s very soft, that it melts when you press on it.
  • Once soft, mash the rice and stir with a turning stick just the way you do with other swallow like Amala and Semo.
  • Stir till rice grains have turned into a mass of Tuwo.
  • Cover and leave it to steam for about 2 minutes.
  • Serve with Mia Kuka.


Recipe – Mia Kuka


  • Ground Kuka Leaves
  • Ground Crayfish
  • Ground Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • Beef
  • Palm Oil – 2 Cooking Spoons
  • Locust Beans (Iru)
  • Dangote Salt
  • DanQ Seasoning Cubes


  • Season and boil the beef.
  • Once done, turn off heat and take it out from the stock.
  • Add the kuka powder. Stir well till you get a smooth mix without lumps.
  • Add the pepper, crayfish, locust beans and palm oil. Stir very well.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring it from time to time. (Kuka is very much like Ogbono hence sticks to the bottom of the pot if not stirred often).
  • After 5 minutes, add the cooked beef and some salt if necessary. Stir very well.
  • Cover and leave to boil for a few minutes, then serve hot.


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