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Nigerian Masa Recipe

Stuffed savory Masa (Waina)

Stuffed Savory Nigerian Masa (Waina)- This recipe is a Northern Nigerian delight and it's made by soaking a special type of Rice called Tuwo Rice (the uncooked one) in water for at least 6 hours or overnight. This Rice is then rinsed out and blended into a smooth paste before it's now cooked inside a special pan which we refer to as the Masa Pan.
Course Lunch
Cuisine African
Keyword homemade, traditional
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Wait Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 393kcal
Author Lola Osinkolu


  • 3 Cups Rice
  • 3 tablespoons cooked Rice Heaped
  • 11/2 Tablespoons Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons Yogurt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 Onion Medium sized
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water plus 2 to 4 more Tbs
  • 1/4 Cup water to proof the yeast
  • Dambu Nama for stuffing


  • Soak the Rice in Water for at least 6 hours or leave overnight
  • Rinse out the Rice until it's clean and proof your yeast by mixing the Water with the Yeast and 2 Teaspoons of sugar then set that aside
  • Blend the soaked Rice, pre-cooked Rice, Onion and Ginger together until it's smooth and creamy
  • Pour the Batter into a very large Bowl, add the Yeast and mix it together and leave to proof for 6 to 8 hours you can as well leave overnight. The longer you leave it the more fermented it becomes.
  • Add the Baking powder, Salt, Sugar and the Yogurt
  • Drizzle some cooking Oil in your Masa Pan and once the Oil is hot enough pour some batter into the Pan about halfway full, immediately add the Dambu Nama stuffing and immediately cover this up with another layer of batter - this should be done very fast because Masa cooks really fast.
  • When the edges begin to solidify, flip the Masa over with two skewers (check the video above) and once both sides are well cooked (golden brown) remove from heat and enjoy while still hot and fresh with your favorite stew or sauce. Enjoy!



Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg