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How to Make Miyan Kuka

How to Make Miyan Kuka

Miyan kuka is a delicacy of Hausa origin. If you have ever been to the north, you must have noticed some dark green powder sold in northern markets by the traders; that is what northerners call Kuka

Course Main Course
Cuisine African Food, Nigerian Food
Keyword African food, Nigerian food, Nigerian soup
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 195 kcal
Author Ed Brown


  • 1 pc Medium Sized Smoked Black Catfish
  • ½ Kg Assorted Meat
  • 2 tbsp Kuka Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 pc Small Onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 Ozs Palm Oil 2 Ozs = cooking spoon (Approx.)
  • 2 cubes Seasoning to Taste Maggi/Knorr
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Locust Beans
  • 1 tbsp Ground Crayfish
  • ½ tbsp Dry Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt to taste


  1. Wash the assorted meat and dry fish.

  2. Put the meat into a pot and season properly. Also add the powdered ginger and garlic.

  3. Add water and cook until the meat is tender.

  4. In a separate pot, heat up the oil and fry the onion.

  5. Gradually add the meat stock to the oil.

  6. Add the washed dried fish and more water if you desire. Cook for 5 minutes to get seasoning into the fish.

  7. Add crayfish, pepper, seasoning and locust bean to the boiling pot of meat stock and dried fish. Allow to simmer.

  8. Takeout the fish from the pot. The essence of taking out the fish is so you can have enough space to whisk the Kuka so that you don’t end up with a lumpy soup. But, if you are sure you can whisk it properly with the fish in there, then there is no need to take it out.

  9. Sieve the Kuka powder into a bowl before adding it to the pot. You are advised to add the powder with your hand. A little at a time and whisk consistently until you end up with a lump free consistency. You can add more water if the soup is too thick.

  10. Allow to cook for about 3 mins.

  11. Add the fish, meat, and salt to taste. Allow to simmer.

  12. Your soup is ready. Serve and enjoy your meal.

Recipe Notes

As already mentioned, Kuka powder is gotten from grinding dried baobab leaves. These leaves are highly rich in essential vitamins and minerals. They help balance blood sugar levels and also contain Antioxidants and polyphenol that reduce inflammations.