Add A Northern Twist To Your Swallow Meals With This Tuwo Shinkafa Recipe



By Dobby Signature

Behold the king of swallows in the northern part of Nigeria. During my stay in the north, i don’t remember a week passing by without eating tuwo shinkafa and any soup of choice.

Tuwo shinkafa is a popular northern “swallow” made from soft mashed rice.It’s usually made with a locally grown short grain rice popularly known as tuwo rice. This is the preferred choice because tuwo rice tends to get soft quickly which makes it easier to mash up. It can be served with soups such as; Miyan taushe, Miyan kuka, Miyan wake e.t.c.


How to make Tuwo shinkafa

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Region: Northern Nigeria
Meal Type: Meal accompaniment


You’ll Need

Pestle (for mashing up the rice)
Transparent nylons (for wrapping)


2 Cups rice (Tuwo rice)
Water (Enough to cook the rice till it gets very soft)



Step 1: Rinse the rice with water and place in a medium sized pot. Add water just enough to cook the rice till it gets very soft.


Step 2: Check to see if the rice is soft enough by pressing the rice grains between your fingers. If it’s not soft enough, add some more water and cook till the water dries up.


Step 3: With a wooden spatula or pestle, mash the rice in the pot. Once you’re done mashing the whole rice in the pot, scoop mounds of the mashed rice into transparent plastic nylons and wrap to prevent it from drying up and retain it’s freshness.


Serve with your favorite northern Nigeria soup such i.e; Miyan taushe, miyan kuka, miyan wake e.t.c



Dobby is a culinary enthusiast with a flair for Local Cuisines in Nigeria and around the globe. She runs an online recipe diary where she explores and showcases dishes from her Nigerian kitchen to inspire meals in yours.  Cooking is one of her major hobbies and she does it well.

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