Tanfiri (Donkwa) Recipe

Donkwa (dodonkwa) Tanfiri / Tanfirin recipe

  Tanfiri or Donkwa (dodonkwa) is a savory Nigerian snack made with corn meal and groundnuts(peanuts). It’s one of those snacks that does not require cooking and reminds me of my childhood.
It is soft and melts in the mouth, and often confused with Kuli kuli.

   Here’s how to make Tanfiri or Donkwa…. you’ll love it.


Ingredients for donkwa/tanfiri

* 250 grams corn meal(made from roasted corn)
* 70 grams  ground Peanut/groundnut OR groundnut powder
* 2 pinches of ground chili powder ( optional, but add it if you want to get the classic donkwa taste)
*1 tablespoonful sugar

   * 1 pinch of ground clove(optional)
   * 2 tablespoons of peanut oil(sunflower or canola oil is also okay)
   *2  tablespoons of water


* Pour the corn meal, groundnuts, sugar,
ground chili powder(optional) and ground clove(optional) into a blender and grind until all the ingredients are well combined to form a smooth fine powder.

*  Transfer the fine powder into a large bowl. Then Scoop out some of the powder into a smaller bowl, gradually add drops of water and oil, mix well and mold into balls.
Don’t add too much oil or water,so that it doesn’t look soaked or sodden.
Note: if you like yoruba-style tanfiri, you can leave out the water and only add oil, but I have found that the combination of a little water and little oil gives the perfect consistency for the Tanfiri paste.

Tanfiri / Tanfirin / Donkwa (dodonkwa) Recipe


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  1. Isi B
    September 15, 2017 / 12:36 am

    Do u know what d nutritional value is? Am on a diet and want to fit it into my macros. Thanks.

  2. Isi B
    September 15, 2017 / 12:27 am

    Do u know what d nutritional value is? Am on a diet and want to fit it into my macros. Thanks.

  3. Ivagudciv
    March 2, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Actually its not Donkwa if you are referring to its Hausa name.The correct spelling and pronunciation should be Dakuwah.Nice work

  4. Morrnye
    February 18, 2016 / 11:50 am

    You are just an amazing answer to most of my questions, thank you so much for these wonderful recipes. Keep it up!

  5. Anonymous
    November 29, 2015 / 1:33 am

    can I use millet instead of the corn flour and add different nuts like almond, cashew powder to the peanut? I'm even thinking of adding cocoa powder to have a snicker feel in my donkwa. #FoodAdventure

  6. Anonymous
    March 10, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    pls how do u know when the corn meal u are roasting in the pan Is ready?is there a time frame as mine got very dark like almost burnt.i think I over cooked so as not to eat raw corn.thanx

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 11:44 am

      It is ready, when the cornflour starts to smell like pop corn.

  7. Anonymous
    August 29, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    I have actually been following your blog and I tell you, you are awesome. I love every thing about your recipes.my question is on the corn. is it the normal roasted corn on the road side or the dry corn u soak for pap pls kingly enlighten me. Pls keep up the good work. You taught me to make shawarma & I remain grateful. love u so much & God bless u real good. cheers

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 4, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      Hi dearie, I'm glad to be of help.As for the corn, it's the roasted one(make sure it is dry and not burnt) and you have to grind it to fine powder before use.

  8. Anonymous
    July 28, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    hi Lily,can i roast an already grind maizena in the oven?pls advise.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 8, 2014 / 1:15 pm

      Maizena has two types, corn flour and corn starch(the type used for making akamu/ogi). If what you have is the corn flour, then yes, you can roast it, don't roast corn starch. You can also use others like MASACE masa mix or RED MILL CORN FLOUR, or P.A.N Corn flour. These are the ones I lightly roast in a pan.

  9. Anonymous
    June 17, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    wot do u do next after mixing nd rolling it into balls? Do u fry or roast.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm

      You eat it , no roasting, no frying 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    June 9, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    how do I roast the corn meal ?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 13, 2014 / 8:42 am

      Pour it on a dry frying pan and stir continuously until you get a popcorn aroma.

  11. tamika smith
    April 2, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Thank you sister for helping me experience my Nigerian culture!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 5, 2014 / 11:08 pm

      You are so welcome dearie :), good to have you here.

  12. Renuka Sivadasan
    February 6, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    I made the toaster cake and it came out very good .Thank you so much for this new idea.Very, easy too.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 11, 2014 / 11:07 am

      Thanks for your feedback Renuka, well appreciated dear 🙂

  13. OLAtilewa
    January 14, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    I ate tanfiri in primary skool so tayyyy I sarted gassing… you know what ekpa does to one naaa..LOL.. thanks for the recipe.. I just pity the nose of my co-workers because I be serious tanfiri addict

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 17, 2014 / 7:13 am

      Lol.. you're very funnyOlatilewa , pls I plead on their behalf 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    January 13, 2014 / 10:00 am

    You can also use peanut butter mixed with ground roasted maize/corn meal..now I want some donkwa, the savory taste actually grows on you if you've been eaten it from childhood.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 14, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      I'll have to try with peanut butter, thanks for the tips dearie… oya go and make some nowwwww 🙂

  15. Habiba Zuweratu Usman
    January 13, 2014 / 9:57 am

    We call it dodonkwa ,my grandma makes it every week after roasting her weekly groundnuts. Good old days, I wish I was back home now.. nice recipe

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 14, 2014 / 3:14 pm

      O dear, those good old days…I'm glad we can relish the memories with these recipes and pass on to future generations 🙂

  16. Achums Ariyike Omodare
    January 11, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    I was about to ask for this recipe when I saw this… thanks for helping us preserve our food culture .God bless

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 12, 2014 / 11:37 am

      Thanks dear 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    January 10, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Sweetie,You must be born between 1980's or 1990's, you are just helping me relish all my childhood snacks. First kokoro, next kulikul, then toffee… chai ,God bless u jare..now i can teach my kids all these recipes

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 11, 2014 / 12:34 pm

      Lol.. very funny dear. I'm so glad to be of help. Stay tuned for more 🙂