Tom Brown : How To Make Tom Brown From Scratch (step by step)

Tom Brown Flour 1

Today at Dee’s Mealz, I will be telling you how to make Tom Brown flour/powder from scratch.

Tom Brown is a cereal recipe prepared for and mostly consumed by babies, but adults also aren’t limited to it.

It is mostly used to wean babies.

Tom Brown is made of Guinea corn, Groundnut (peanut), Soya beans, crayfish, ginger, and cloves (Kayan kanshi). Some people tend to add maize to it. But I won’t be adding maize to today’s recipe.

A lot of people believe that it makes them fat or adds weight. But to me, I will say it depends on the nature of your body.

So, let’s begin.


  • 6 cups of Groundnut (peanuts)
  • 7 cups of guinea corn
  • 7 cups of soya beans
  • 1 cup of cray fish
  • 1 handful of ginger (dried)
  • 2 tbls of kayan kanshi (cloves,)
  • 1 handful of Dates (dabino)
You can also watch the video above for the complete steps.


Pick any form of dirt and stones from the grains.

Separately wash and spread the guinea corn, soya beans, and groundnut. Allow to completely dry.

Note: wash and dry them separately.

When they are all dried up, pack into separate bowls.

Using a wide frying pan, fry each of them separately.

Note: When frying, do not allow it to get burnt.

After frying, spread and allow to cool down.

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the crayfish, ginger, and Kayan kanshi.

Also break the dates (dabino) in half, remove the seed, then crush with the mortar.

When it’s all cooled down, turn the soya beans in a mortar and use the pestle to grind softly for the coats or shaft to come off.

Soya Beans in the mortar

When the coats are out, breeze it and turn in a suitable bowl.

Unpeeled soya beans

Tip: you can also peel the groundnut, but its optional.

Add the groundnut and guinea corn to the soya beans.

Add the crushed dates (dabino), crayfish, ginger and kayan kanshi.

Mix well and take for grinding into flour form or you can use a blender.

Mixed up and ready for grinding
Mixed up and ready for grinding

After grinding, spread open and allow to completely cool down.

You sieve it before storing in a container or just store and sieve anytime you want to prepare it.

And that’s all I can tell you about how to make the Tom Brown flour.

Tom Brown Flour

Do enjoy.

How To Prepare Tom Brown Meal will be coming up soon.

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This Post Has 83 Comments

  1. Linda

    This is amazing.. well done.

    1. Dorcas

      Thank you

      1. Favor

        Please can I use red Guinea corn for it?

        1. Dorcas

          Yes ma’am. You can use the red guinea corn instead if the yellow one isn’t available to you.

    2. Ene


      1. Dorcas

        You’re welcome.

  2. Henry

    This is wonderful. Thanks

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome.

  3. Miracle Ogechukwu

    I have tried it out, added wheat and rice to my recipe. The outcome was wonderful and my children ate it well.

    1. Dorcas

      Wow. That is really good.

      1. Chukwuebuka

        Wow! I love this. Shalom

        1. Dorcas

          I’m glad you do.

      2. Elizabeth

        Hi Dorcas,
        What did you use in frying the items . I mean like groundnut did you use sand or what?

        1. Dorcas

          Hello dear,

          I didn’t use sand or anything while frying. Just turned it into the pan and fried it carefully to avoid burning.

    2. Treasure

      Please ma did you fry the rice and wheat?

  4. ZainnyRikky

    please what do we use to fry the groundnut, soybeans and co

    1. Dorcas

      You just need a frying pan, then a source of heat (gas, firewood, or charcoal), and the spoon for stirring to avoid burning.

  5. Zanave Henry

    Am working on it today

    1. Dorcas

      Wow. That is good.

    2. RITA

      Wao, thanks but I will like to add yellow corn. When will it come in.

      1. Dorcas

        You are welcome, ma’am.

        The yellow corn will go in together with the rest of the ingredients before grinding.

    3. Ajibade

      Wao,thanks ma,how can we preserve it for long

      1. Dorcas

        You are welcome.

        To preserve it for long, after grinding and sieving, allow it to get enough air before storing it in a container or if you can get a Ziploc leather will also be good.

    4. Uchenna Justin

      Very good, well down

      1. Dorcas

        Thank you

    5. Tricia

      Thank you very much ma,I use red corn and guinea corn ,soyaa beans,grounut,crafih on my own

      1. Dorcas

        You’re welcome ma’am.

  6. Joyce

    Can I add targernut?

    1. Dorcas

      I’m not sure but you can try it out if you want to experiment.

  7. Treasure

    Thanks so much for this l will do it.

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you liked it.

    2. Munachi

      Pls ma can i use white corn to do it

      1. Dorcas

        I can’t really say because I have always known that yellow corn is normally used.

  8. Monica Ofori

    Please can I add rice or wheat

    1. Dorcas

      I don’t know about adding rice to it. But you can try if you want.

  9. Nancy

    You didn’t add yellow corn but my son is coughing after giving him the food ,what could be the cause?

    1. Dorcas

      It could be an allergic reaction. Please do take him to the hospital for check-up.

  10. Praise Yemisi Liamngee

    Wao I’m sure going to try this, God bless you

    1. Dorcas

      I’m glad you like the post, I will love to get your feedback when you do try and bless you too

      1. Joy

        So I don’t have to boil the soybeans before frying

        1. Dorcas

          No there is no need for you to boil the soya beans

  11. Funmi

    Pls can a six month old baby take this

    1. Dorcas

      Yes Tom Brown can be given to a 6 months old baby. But you have to make the pap a bit light.

      1. Gozie

        Thank you ma, what type of seed do you use

        1. Dorcas

          You’re welcome Ma’am.

          The seed is know as guinea corn or dawa in hausa. All the ingredients I used is stated in the post ma’am.

  12. Victoria

    Why don’t u peel your groundnut?
    When buying groundnut, should it be fresh or roasted one

    1. Dorcas

      I didn’t peel the the groundnut because it’s not compulsory. You can decide to peel yours if you want.
      And also when buying groundnut, buy the fresh one because the roasting method for tom brown is different from the market method.

  13. Franka

    Thanks a bunch. I’m definitely going to give it a try as I always buy from someone. Merci

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome ma. I will love to get your feedback when you do.

      Thank you.

  14. Emmanuel

    Thanks, Dorcas. I remember taking it in Bauchi.

    We use the local rice, soya beans, and other materials listed.

    But I forgot all.. Just trying to browse now and landed on your site.

    Because I rarely eat in the morning and this will help greatly.

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome.

      I’m really glad you find it helpful. It sure is a good breakfast meal.

      I will love to get your feedback when you do try it.

      Thank you.

  15. Ngozi

    Am going to try it out, thanks for the step by step process. I use to buy and I love it very much.

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome. Let me know how it goes

  16. Tomisin

    Pls can my 3 month boy take this

    1. Dorcas

      I am not sure Ma. I only know of it being given to 6 months old babies and above.

    2. Gozie

      No dear, not advisable to give a 3months, soybean is to be given to a child from 8months. (Dietitian)

      1. Dorcas

        Thank you for the feedback ma’am but I stated that it’s used to wean babies and weaning babies is from 6 months upwards.

  17. Modest

    God bless you for this… please after grading, what of the Chaff. Do I suppose to remove the Chaff? I mean sieve it?

    1. Dorcas

      Amen ma’am.
      Yes ma’am. You should sieve it to remove the chaff.

  18. Rina

    I want to add beans to it , should I wash it and dry too before frying

    1. Dorcas

      I really do not know about adding beans to it because I have never seen or heard of it. So I don’t have a response to give on this opinion.

      If you do end up trying it, I will love to get your feedback.

      Thank you.

  19. Okeke Blesding

    Thanks so much for this step by step explanations, but my baby is three months can she take it?

    1. Dorcas

      You’re welcome ma.

      I am not sure about 3 months old baby taking it. I only know of 6 months and above.

  20. Nick

    Thanks Ma’am. I’ll prepare it soon.
    I’ll like to add wheat and dried aya (tiger nut), I guess the wheat should be fried too?

    my sister used to prepare this back then but it didn’t interest me know the recipe and process until but now that I realized I’ll be needing some supplements as corp member . Lol

    1. Dorcas

      Lol. I understand the situation o. Yes ma’am. You will fry both of them before mixing it all together.

  21. Temmy

    Pls ma, what are the steps to fry the groundnut cos I don’t know it and like you said, the groundnut in the market is not good for making it ….

    1. Dorcas

      You fry the groundnut by turning it in a frying pan or a pot that is suitable for use and keep turning to avoid it getting burnt.
      Please ma, go through the post once again I didn’t say anywhere that groundnut in the market isn’t good for making Tom Brown.

  22. Queen

    Please should I mix the dates after mashing in the mortar to the corn before grinding and will it last for till six months and is there any artificial preservatives I can use to preserve

    1. Dorcas

      Yes, ma. Every ingredient should be added before grinding except sugar and maybe milk

      I won’t advise you to add any preservatives instead, after grinding spread it to get enough air and let cool down completely before storing it in a container.

  23. Emma

    Thanks for sharing this vital information many have been shielding from going round. Pls, can you make Amala, tuwo or other forms of swallow from Tom brown powder?

    1. Dorcas

      You are welcome.

      I have never heard of Tom brown flour used for swallow but you can try it out and see if you will like it.

      I will love to get your feedback if you do.

      Thank you

  24. ityoblessz

    I added rice, wheat and tigernut, the taste was woooow

    1. Dorcas

      That is great . Thank you for the feedback.

    2. Blessing

      Please was the tiger nut dry?

      1. Dorcas

        I didn’t add tiger nuts to mine.

  25. Linda

    Please is the texture supposed to be smooth in the mouth after cooking? Cus mine isn’t smooth in the mouth but the uncooked powder is very smooth

    1. Dorcas

      Yes, ma. It’s supposed to be smooth.
      You should try sieving it before using it.

  26. Evelyn

    You’re a great teacher, thanks ma, I love your teachings.

    1. Dorcas

      Thank you so much ma ❤️

  27. Evelyn

    Can this stay for so long after the preparation, like for how many weeks/months?
    I enjoyed your teachings, thanks a lot.

    1. Dorcas

      As long as it gets enough air to cool down properly after grinding it. It could stay for up to 3 months or more.

      I’m glad ma’am.

  28. Temmy

    So glad I came across this
    Mine didn’t last for up to a month before the texture changed
    And also d taste changed
    I’m here to know if there’s any other preservatives to add so it can last longer

    1. Dorcas

      Maybe it didn’t get enough air before you stored it or did you keep it in a damped place?
      I don’t think preservatives is needed or should be used. It can stay long as long as it’s stored well.

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