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Dakuwa Recipe

Dakuwa is a popular Nigerian snack made from groundnuts (peanuts) and spices. It is a crunchy, spicy snack that is perfect for snacking on the go. Originating from the northern part of Nigeria, Dakuwa has been a staple snack in Hausa households for generations. It is also a popular snack in other parts of West Africa and is often sold in markets and by street vendors.


  • 2 cups of roasted and peeled groundnuts (peanuts)

  • 1/2 cup of rice flour

  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

  • Water


  • Blender or food processor

  • Mixing bowl

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a blender or food processor, pulse the roasted and peeled groundnuts until they are finely ground, but not too fine, as you want to maintain some texture.

  3. Transfer the groundnuts to a large mixing bowl and add the rice flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, and salt. Mix well to combine.

  4. Add the vegetable oil to the mixture and stir well to combine. Gradually add water and mix until the mixture comes together to form a dough. The dough should be firm but pliable.

  5. Take small portions of the dough and roll them into small balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. Flatten each ball slightly to form a disc shape.

  6. Place the flattened discs onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between each one.

  7. Bake the Dakuwa for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.

  8. Remove the Dakuwa from the oven and allow them to cool completely before serving.

Allergy Concerns: This recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegan by using a vegetable oil of your choice. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake: Each serving of Dakuwa (about 4-5 pieces) contains approximately 150-200 calories.

Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can use a healthier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add some chopped vegetables such as onions, carrots, or bell peppers to the mixture for added nutrition.

Spicy Level: The cayenne pepper in this recipe adds a nice level of spiciness, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a milder Dakuwa, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or omit it altogether.

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We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Dakuwa snack!

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