How to Make Miyan Danyen Karkashi (Fresh Sesame Leaves Soup)

I’m back with a new and local recipe. This is Dorcas welcoming you to Dee’s Mealz.

Today I will be telling you how to make Miyan Danyen Karkashi (Fresh Sesame Leaves Soup). It is mostly eaten in the northern part of Nigeria either with Tuwo Masara, Tuwon Dawa or Semovita.

This soup is highly nutritious and very tasty. It does not need to be cooked with any form of oil (Palm oil or Vegetable Oil). This is because the leaves are very slimy, adding oil will reduce the sliminess.

Because of its sliminess, the fresh sesame leave cannot be washed. Rather, when picking your leaves, you hit it on the tray you are using or on your palm to remove any form of dirt or sand.

You need to avoid adding too much water, else the soup won’t be thick.

This soup, does not need onions added to it.

Note: Salt is only added after you are done making your soup.

If you would not like the fish to be scattered when stirring, after cooking for the first 5 minutes, remove the fish from the pot and put in a bowl. You can add it later after you are done stirring the soup.

Okay, let’s start cooking.

Fresh Sesame Leaves


  • 3 bunches Fresh Sesame Leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Locust Beans
  • Fresh pepper
  • fresh fish
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Potash
  • 5 seasoning cubes
  • Salt (optional)

Below is a video you can watch on how to prepare miyan danyen karkashi.


As you pick the fresh sesame leaves, chop it into a bowl and set aside (if you want it to be very slimy, you can pound the karkashi leaves using a mortar and pistil).

Chopped Sesame Leaves

Cut and wash your fish and put in a pot, add some water and allow to boil for 5 minutes.

Washed fish
Washed fish

After 5 minutes, Pack the fish into a bowl and add the grounded pepper and locust beans to the pot on heat.

Add 500 ml of water, the seasoning cubes, potash and allow to boil.

Now add the chopped karkashi leaves to the boiling water on heat and stir very well.

Chopped Karkashi in pot
Chopped Karkashi in pot

Add your cooked fish into the soup, mix and allow to cook for 6 minutes.

Stirred Miyan Karkashi
Stirred Miyan Karkashi

Taste to know if you will still need to add salt after you take it off the heat.

After the 6 minutes is up, you can set down and add the salt if there is need.

Serve your soup with Semovita, Tuwon Dawa or Tuwo Masara

Tuwon Dawa serverd with Miyan Danyen Karkashi
Tuwon Dawa serverd with Miyan Danyen Karkashi


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