Masa/Waina: How to Prepare Waina/Masa

Served Waina/Masa

Waina is a simple meal that is also known as Masa. It is a dish that can be prepared with soaked white Maize or local Rice.

It is mostly prepared in the Northern part of Nigeria and is eaten with Miyan Waina/Taushe.

It can be prepared plain or sweetened with sugar. When prepared with sugar, it is often served with a drink of choice or mixed pepper.

Today on Dee’s Mealz, I’m going to show you how to prepare the plain Waina. This type is usually eaten with soup.

The pan used for frying is pretty special because it gives the Waina its shape. The pan is known as tanda or tandan waina in Hausa.

Vegetable oil is used in the frying to avoid the paste sticking to the pan. To pour the paste in the pan, you can use a deep cooking spoon or a small jug. It makes the frying process a lot easier.

So, let’s begin cooking.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of local rice
  • 1 cup of foreign rice
  • 2 cups of braised Maize
  • 1 medium onion bulb
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of yeast
  • 2 cups of vegetable oil

Preparation

Clean up the local rice by getting rid of any form of dirt in it and soak for 15 minutes.

Wash the foreign rice and parboil.

Wash the soaked rice with water till the water is colorless. Drain and turn in a bowl or bucket.

Washed local rice
Washed local rice
Parboiled rice
Parboiled rice

Turn the parboiled rice with the water in it and also turn in the braised maize.

Wash and slice in the onions. Mix and grind into a smooth paste.

Washed rice and braised maize
Washed rice and braised maize
Washed local rice, braised maize, mixed with parboiled rice and sliced onion
Washed local rice, braised maize, mixed with parboiled rice and sliced onion

After grinding, add the yeast, a little water and mix. Cover the paste and leave it under the sun or in a warm place and allow to rise.

Grounded local rice
Grounded local rice
Grounded paste and yeast
Grounded paste and yeast

When the paste has risen, the frying process begins.

Raised Paste
Raised Paste

Set the pan on heat and allow to heat up before greasing with vegetable oil.

Greased Pan on Heat (tanda)
Greased Pan on Heat (tanda)

Using a jug or deep cooking spoon, add the paste to the pan and allow to fry till brown (optional) before flipping it over.

Tips: it’s advisable to use a table spoon for the greasing and flipping.

Paste in Pan
Paste in Pan
Flipped Masa/Waina
Flipped Masa/Waina

When it’s all brown, pack into a plate with a spoon and serve with the prepared soup.

Masa/Waina in warmer
Masa/Waina in warmer

Serve while hot.

Enjoy and expect more Nigerian recipes.

Served Masa with Miyan Taushe
Served Masa with Miyan Taushe

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