How To Make Wara (Soya Beans Cake)

Welcome to another recipe with Dee’s Mealz. Today, I will be teaching you how to make wara. Wara is the Hausa name for Soya beans cake (also known as Tofu: Korean movie lovers understand this better).

Wara is made using soya beans, fresh pepper, magnesium chloride (helps in coagulating the soya milk) and seasoning cubes. To make the wara, you will need to soak the soya beans for 3 – 4 hours before grinding.

After grinding, the paste tends to get foamy so ensure you have enough water close by when we get to the sieving part.

To stop the foaminess, add 2 tablespoons of palm oil to the paste before adding water. It stops the foaminess and you don’t need to worry because it doesn’t affect the wara in any way.

So, let’s begin.


  • 2 tins of Soya beans
  • 1 teaspoon of Magnesium Chloride
  • 5 pieces of Habanero Pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Seasoning Cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of palm oil
  • Mixed Pepper (optional)

For better understanding, you can check the video below.


Pick out any form of dirt or stones from the soya beans and soak for 3 – 4 hours.

Soaked Soya Beans
Soaked Soya Beans

Wash the soaked soya beans and grind into a smooth paste.

Grounded Paste
Grounded Paste

Turn the paste in a wide basin, add 2 tablespoons of palm oil and mix before adding 700ml of water.

Sieve to separate the soya milk from the chaff by using a head tie like sieve.

Paste mixed with water and palm oil
Paste mixed with water and palm oil

Turn the soya milk into a pot fit and set on heat.

Soya Milk on heat
Soya Milk on heat

Allow to boil. Note: Unless the pot is deep enough, be close by before it begins boiling.

Wash, grate the pepper and set aside.

Add the Magnesium chloride into a cup and add water to almost half of the cup. Stir till it dissolves.

When the Soya milk begins to boil, turn in the dissolved magnesium chloride round in the pot allow to boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to coagulate for 4 minutes.

Coagulated Soya Milk
Coagulated Soya Milk

After the 3 minutes is up, get a wide bowl and spread the sieve in it. Now turn the water from the pot into the sieve. Squeeze it to get the water completely out of the now cooked wara.

Get a plate or empty bowl, spread the sieve, add the pepper and mix immediately to avoid getting cold. Note: you can also squeeze in some seasoning cubes if you want.

Now squeeze the sieve very tightly and tie it up very strong. Get a flat tray, turn it upside down and drop the tied wara on top and allow the water to come out of it.

Squeezed Wara
Squeezed Wara

After 10 minutes, untie the sieve and set the wara on a plate or tray. Using a knife, cut through to your required size.

Sliced Wara
Sliced Wara

Break the egg in a bowl, add 1 seasoning cube and whisk till the seasoning cube is well mixed. Now put some of the cut wara into the egg and using the spoon, fetch the egg and spread all over the wara.

Wara in Eggs
Wara in Eggs

Set your oil on heat and allow to heat up.

Now drop the wara gently into the hot oil and allow to fry till it turns brown.

Pack out of the oil and allow to cool down before serving.

Do enjoy and expect more…

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Odunayo gbemi

    Simple and explicit!
    Pls what is magnesium chloride? Can I get it in the local market? What is the alternative for this coagulant? Thanks

    1. Dorcas

      Thank you.
      Magnesium chloride is a type of salt used as a nutritional supplement and yes it’s possible to get it in the local market. If you are unable to get it, you can use vinegar or lemon juice as an alternative.

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