Tuwo Shinkafa (Tuwon Shinkafa) – made from Raw rice and also with Rice flour

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Tuwo shinkafa (Tuwon shinkafa) is a rice meal, popular in the northern parts of Nigeria.

It is usually served as an accompaniment for soups and stews and is quite easy to prepare.

Tuwo shinkafa is usually prepared from scratch with short grain rice (local rice), but it can also be prepared with rice flour (which is the easiest&fastest method).

It is also a good substitute for Eba and Fufu, if you’re watching your cholesterol or gluten intake.

To prepare Tuwo shinkafa from Scratch (using raw rice) you’ll need:

– 500 grams Short grain rice or local rice (paella rice can be used as a substitute)
– 1000ml(1L) water (more or less)


1. Wash the rice thoroughly and place in the pot.

2. Add the water and set to boil.

3. Boil the rice until it becomes very soft and sticky and the water is dried up.
(if the rice isn’t done before the water dries up, you can add a little more water to the rice).

4. Now using a wooding spoon or a potato masher, mash the soft rice thoroughly to form a soft dough.
Wet your hands and mold into balls.
Serve hot and enjoy.

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To prepare Tuwo shinkafa with Rice Flour, you’ll need :

– 500 gram Rice Flour
– 700ml water


1. Place the water in a pot and set to boil. Then scoop out a little water and set aside.

2. Gradually pour in the rice flour  into the pot and stir continuously to prevent lump formation.

3. If the mixture is still watery, you can add more rice flour and continue stirring until smooth and firm (or as you want the consistency to be)

4. After about 1 minute, gradually add a little of the hot water you had earlier set aside, then cover the pot and leave to boil on low heat for 30 seconds.
Finally mix thoroughly and your Tuwo shinkafa is ready.
Wet your hands, mold into balls and enjoy with Miyan Wake, Miyan Taushe , Miyan Zogale, Miyan Ridi, Miyan Tapasa and Miyan Shuaka   or any Nigerian soupof choice.

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  1. Ezinne
    August 26, 2022 / 2:19 pm

    love it

  2. titilade ojolo-akintoye
    February 13, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Pls can I buy rice and grind it by myself before making the tuwo shinkafa?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 23, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      If you want to make tuwon shinkafa with rice flour, then yes, you can buy rice , grind it to powder and make use of it.

  3. Anonymous
    August 23, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Missed my days in the north. . Chai..my mom makes gbegiri soup with it…that posh mom

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 3, 2014 / 2:56 pm

      It goes really well with gbegiri (miyan wake) 🙂

  4. Ada Adams
    August 13, 2014 / 9:43 am

    My cholesterol is on the high side so I'm very grateful for this alternative. Thanks for providing the rice flour option, God bless.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 15, 2014 / 11:03 am

      You're welcome dearie 🙂