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Masa Recipe

Masa is a popular West African dish made from rice flour and spices. It is a staple food in many parts of West Africa and is often served for breakfast or as a snack. In this recipe, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to make Masa from scratch.

Originating from the Hausa people in Northern Nigeria, Masa is a traditional food that has been enjoyed for generations. It is made using a special pan called a "Masa pan" and is often sold by street vendors or in markets. The recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and the ingredients used have remained largely the same over the years.

Now, let's get started with the recipe!


  • 2 cups of rice flour

  • 1 teaspoon of yeast

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

  • 2 cups of warm water

  • Oil for frying


  • Large mixing bowl

  • Whisk or fork

  • Masa pan (can be found on Amazon or at specialty African stores)

  • Spatula

  • Frying pan

  • Thermometer


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, yeast, sugar, salt, turmeric, and ginger.

  2. Add the warm water to the bowl and stir until a smooth batter is formed. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let the batter rest for about 1 hour in a warm place. This will allow the yeast to activate and the batter to rise.

  3. Once the batter has risen, stir it again to make sure it is well mixed.

  4. Heat a Masa pan over medium-high heat and brush it with a little bit of oil.

  5. Spoon a small amount of batter into the Masa pan and spread it out evenly using the back of a spoon. The batter should be about 1/4 inch thick.

  6. Cook the Masa for about 2-3 minutes, or until the edges start to lift up and the bottom is golden brown. Use a spatula to flip the Masa over and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Repeat this process with the remaining batter.

  7. Heat some oil in a frying pan to 350°F.

  8. Using a thermometer, check that the oil is at the correct temperature.

  9. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the Masas in batches until they are crispy and golden brown. This should take about 1-2 minutes per batch.

  10. Remove the Masas from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Allergy Concerns: This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan. If you have any other allergies, please be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making this recipe.

Calories Intake: Each Masa contains approximately 150-200 calories.

Healthy Alternatives: To make this recipe even healthier, you can use brown rice flour instead of white rice flour. You can also try baking the Masas instead of frying them for a healthier option.

Spicy Level: This recipe does not include any spicy ingredients, but you can add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the batter if you prefer a spicier Masa.

Kitchen Equipments and Ingredients on Amazon:

We hope you find this recipe and information helpful! Enjoy making and eating your homemade Masa dish!

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