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How to Make Delicious Daakwa: Nigerian Peanut Ball Snack

Daakwa is for peanut lovers.

Daakwa is for peanut lovers.

The Hausa people of northern Nigeria love using peanuts in their cuisine. There's a peanut element in almost every dish, from sauces to barbecue spices to snacks.

One such dish is daakwa, a popular peanut-based snack that is made with roasted corn and peanuts. Both ingredients are ground into a powder along with some spices, and then the mixture is pounded before being molded into small bite-sized balls. It is delicious and just crumbles in the mouth.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

10 min

40 min

10 daakwa snacks


  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup groundnuts (peanuts)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon negro pepper


  1. Set a pan on medium heat and roast the corn. Make sure it is nicely roasted without getting burnt. Set aside.
  2. Add some salt to the pan and roast the groundnuts over medium heat (or buy already roasted peanuts).
  3. Grind the roasted corn and roasted peanuts into a fine powder.
  4. To the roasted corn and nut mixture, add nutmeg, ginger, negro pepper, and chili. Grind together.
  5. Add the remainder of the peanuts and sugar. Grind together.
  6. Transfer the powder to a mortar and pound to extract the oil. This will make the mixture become malleable.
  7. Mold into small bite-sized balls and store in an airtight container. Daakwa is now ready to enjoy!