How To Make Dakuwa | Dakwua | Donkwa (With Tiger nut and Groundnut)

Hello guys, welcome back to Dee’s Mealz.

Today,I will be telling you how to make Dakuwa or Dakwua.

This snack was requested from a subscriber on my YouTube channel so I had to ask around to know how to make it and here I am now ready to take you through every step of it.

Dakuwa is a snack made mostly in the northern part of Nigeria. Popularly among the Hausas.

It is prepared using Aya (tiger nut) as the main ingredient. I specifically mixed groundnut with the Aya because I don’t want it to be plain but grounded Kuli kuli can be substituted with the groundnut.

The difference here is that if you decide to use groundnut, it will be fried and grinded together with the tiger nut. But if you decide to use the grounded Kuli kuli, it will be added after grinding the tiger nut.

The method I used in this post, is the pounding method by using a mortar and pestle.

I know some won’t want to go through the stress of pounding so you can just use a domestic blender to blend everything which skips the pounding step.

After blending it smooth, you just move into molding.

The detailed video awaits you to also watch.

So, let’s begin.


  • 8 cups of Aya (tiger nut)
  • 4 cups of Groundnut
  • Few pieces of dried ginger
  • Few pieces of dried pepper
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil


The first thing to do is to pick out any visible dirt, stones or rotten tiger nut.

Then add water to the tiger nuts to wash off all the attached sand particles.

Wash well till the water is all clean.

Now pack the tiger nut out of the bowl into a suitable basket to drain a bit.

Note: You have to be cautious when packing to avoid packing with sand or reminants of stones.

When the water has drained a bit, spread the tiger nut on a mat, swept floor or bag and allow to dry.

Note: You can sun dry it so that it can dry faster.

Now when its all dried up, the next step is to fry it a bit.

Set a frying pan or pot on heat and turn the tiger nut into it.

Using a spoon, keep stirring well to avoid it getting burnt under.

Fry the tiger nut for 20 – 25 minutes.

Then turn it in a stainless tray and spread to cool off.

Next, turn the groundnut and fry too.

Stir it well and be careful to not let it get burnt when frying. Fry for 8 to 10 minutes on low heat.

When you are done frying, spread it and allow to cool off.

When it has cooled of, peel the groundnuts.

After peeling the groundnuts, breeze it and set aside.

Now turn the cooled tiger nut, peeled groundnut in a suitable bowl.

Add the ginger, pepper and mix it up.

Then grind into powder.

Now turn the sugar into the grinded flour and mix.

After mixing, fetch the quantity suitable for the size of your mortar and add it to the mortar.

Then begin pounding.

Add 3-4 tablespoon of vegetable oil after pounding for 10 minutes.

Continue pounding and add more vegetable oil to it with interval.

Keep pounding until it becomes moist or rather till it start bringing out oil a bit.

Just like in the picture below.

Then you can pack it out of the mortar into a tray.

Now begin the molding.

Fetch a little in your hand and mold it into a ball.

Continue this process until you are done.

And below is our dakuwa.

And we are done.

Do enjoy.

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