MIYAN KUKA: How To Prepare Nigerian Miyan Kuka (Baobab Leaf Soup)

Served miyan kuka

Hello guys, welcome back to another recipe with Dee’s Mealz. Today, I will be telling you how to prepare another simple soup recipe known as “Miyan Kuka”.

Miyan Kuka is the Hausa name for “Baobab leaf soup”.

So, as the name implies, Kuka is made using baobab leaves. Kuka powder can be bought in the local market for the soup preparation.


Miyan kuka is a popular soup prepared to be eaten with swallow like Tuwon Dawa or Masara or Semovita in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Note: this soup is quite selective and doesn’t taste well with all types of swallow.

Miyan kuka is one of the Nigerian soup that loves attention because it needs the right ingredients. A lot of ingredients can be added to miyan kuka like tomatoes, pepper, onion, assorted meat or fish etc.

I will be using just roasted fish to prepare this particular soup today. Roasted fish gives this soup a quite pleasing taste. You can also add assorted meat to this soup.

But the tomatoes are meant to give it a bit of the sour taste. You don’t need to worry, the tomatoes do not make the soup sour a lot.


  • 3 tablespoons of kuka powder
  • 6 pieces of pepper
  • 2 roasted fish
  • Palm oil
  • 1 teaspoon of locust beans – grounded
  • 1 tablespoon of crayfish – grounded
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 4 pieces of fresh tomatoes
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Salt
Fish, pepper, onion and fresh tomatoes
Fish, pepper, onion and fresh tomatoes


Wash, grate the pepper and onions.

Debone the fish and set aside.


Wash and nicely slice the tomatoes in to a bowl.

Sliced tomatoes
Sliced tomatoes

Set an empty pot on heat, add palm oil to the pot and allow to melt.

Note: Do not over heat the oil.

Palm oil in the pot
Palm oil in the pot

Turn in the sliced tomatoes, grated pepper and onion. Mix with a cooking spoon and allow to fry for 7 minutes.

When the time is up, mix well with a spoon and add 700ml of water to the pot.

Sliced tomatoes and grated pepper, onion in pot
Sliced tomatoes and grated pepper, onion in pot

Add the locust beans, the crayfish and the deboned fish.

Add the seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Cover the pot and allow to boil for 8-10 minutes.

Soup Mixture
Soup Mixture

When the time is up, add the kuka powder as you stir with the soup stirrer. Stir well both in clockwise and anticlockwise directions to avoid forming lumps.

Note: if the soup gets too thick, you can add water and mix well.

Stirred Miyan Kuka
Stirred Miyan Kuka

After stirring, allow to cook for 6 minutes before turning off the heat and serving.

Enjoy and don’t forget to share with family and friends.

More Nigerian food recipes on the way.

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