Masa/Waina: How To Prepare Wainan Sugar (Masa Na Sugar)

Served Masa

I recently talked about how to prepare Masa/Waina which is eaten with soup.

Today, I will be telling you how to prepare Wainan Sugar (Masa Na Sugar). Wainan sugar does not need soup when eating, it can rather be eaten with pepper sauce or mixed pepper.

The process of making wainan sugar is same as making the normal masa. The only difference is that for wainan sugar, as called, sugar and fresh pepper are added to the paste.

Adding sugar gives it a sweet taste that makes it easily eaten on its own or with a drink.

It can also be prepared for occasions like weddings, naming ceremonies etc. it mostly served with Jellof rice or fried rice during this occasions.

When preparing the paste, you can add Chili pepper or habanero pepper but for today, I will just be using habanero pepper.

I will be pounding the pepper to be used today.

If your preparation is for a large amount of people, you can blend or grind the pepper together with the rice. It’s all the same.

When greasing the pan for frying, add enough vegetable oil to avoid it sticking to the pan.

The pan used for frying is called as Tanda or Kasko or Takoyaki Pan. You can get it on Amazon, click here.

So, let’s begin cooking.


  • 6 cups of local rice
  • 1 cup of parboiled rice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of yeast
  • 312 ml of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 pieces of habanero pepper
  • 1 cup of Tsakin Pate (braised maize)
  • 1 medium size onion
  • Vegetable Oil

You can also watch the video below for the step by step preparation.


Take out all the dirt from the rice and soak for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, thoroughly wash the rice and turn in a suitable bowl or bucket.

Washed local rice
Washed local rice

Now turn in the parboiled rice and the braised maize.

Wash and slice in the onion. Add water to the level of the rice, mix well and grind into a smooth paste.

Grounded Rice Paste

Break the eggs into a small bowl and whisk very well.

Wash and pound the pepper and set aside.

Now turn the whisked eggs into the rice paste.

Added Whisked Eggs

Add the yeast, the sugar and the pounded pepper.

Add a little water and mix very well.

Mixed Rice Paste

Cover the paste and set under the sun and allow to rise.

When the paste has risen, mix well. Fetch with a spoon and add to a jug.

Risen Paste

Set the pan on heat. Grease each with enough vegetable oil and allow to heat up a bit.

Add the paste to the pan and allow to fry till it’s golden brown.

Rice Paste in Pan

Flip over when the side is golden brown.

Flipped Masa

When it’s all golden brown, pack out of the pan and allow to cool down a bit before serving.

Served Masa

Do enjoy and expect more Nigerian food recipes.

Always remember “Food is Love, Food is Life

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