Gus Gus : How To Prepare Nigerian Gus Gus

Served Gus Gus

Gus-Gus is a recipe that is mostly prepared and eaten in the Northern part of Nigeria.

It’s prepared using braised maize which is known as Tsaki or Tsakin pate in Hausa.

Braised maize (tsaki) can be bought in the local market.

In a situation where you don’t get it at the market, no need to worry because you can make it on your own at home.

Tsakin pate is gotten from thorough pick and braised or partially grounded white or red maize. The Hausa’s calls the grinding “Barji”

Below is a video on how to prepare your Tsakin Pate.

I grew up enjoying this recipe a lot, especially the taste the ginger gives to the food.

It has a great taste and also very easy to cook.

So, let’s begin cooking.


  • 7 cups of Tsakin pate (braised maize)
  • 3 cups of beans
  • ½ kg of Beef (meat and biscuit bones)
  • 20 pieces of fresh pepper
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 12 pieces of fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of locust beans
  • 3 bunch of African spinach (aleyahu)
  • 3 bunch of yakuwa (star shaped kenaf leaf)
  • 2 stalk of spring onion
  • 2 cups of groundnut
  • 9 pieces of dried ginger
  • 12 seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • Palm oil

The video above should help you out in preparing this delicious meal. You can read on as well.


Put some water in a pot, set on heat and allow to heat up.

Pick the beans and turn in a bowl.

Now turn the hot water in the beans, mix and allow to soak for 20 minutes.

When the time is up, wash the beans and turn in a pot.

Wash the pieces of meat and add to the pot with the beans. Add enough water, salt to taste and set on heat to cook till soft.

Wash and chop the African spinach, the spring onion and the yakuwa into a bowl. Add salt, water and allow to rest for 7 minutes before washing.

Add a little water to the tsakin pate (braised maize) and allow to soak.

Note: this is to enable the tsaki cook faster.

Wash and nicely cut the tomatoes and onion into a bowl.

Put the groundnut in a mortar and crush it.

Pound the ginger and the locust beans and set aside.

Wash and pound the pepper and add to the locust beans.

Turn the cooked meat, beans and meat stock into a bowl.

Set the empty pot on heat and add palm oil to the pot. Allow to heat up a bit.

Now turn the sliced tomatoes, onion and stir with a spoon. Allow to fry for 20 minutes.

When the time is up, turn the meat stock, cooked meat and the cooked beans in the pot.

Add the seasoning cubes, salt to taste, the pounded pepper, ginger, the locust beans and the crushed groundnut. Mix and allow to boil very well.

Now add the tsakin pate to the pot and mix very well.

Reduce the heat and allow to cook. Allow the water to dry up.

When the water is dried up, add the washed vegetables and mix very well.

Allow to cook for 10 minutes before turning off the heat.

Allow to cool down a bit before serving.

Served Gus Gus

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