How To Make Tuwo Shinkafa – Rice Meal Swallow

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Behold the king of swallows in the northern part of Nigeria. During my stay in the North, I don’t remember a week passing by without eating Tuwo Shinkafa and any soup of choice. Tuwo Shinkafa is a popular northern “swallow” made from soft mashed rice.It’s usually made with a locally grown short grain rice popularly known as tuwo rice. This is the preferred choice because tuwo rice tends to get soft quickly which makes it easier to mash up. It can be served with soups such as; Miyan taushe, Miyan kuka, Miyan wake e.t.c.

How to make Tuwo shinkafa

• Prep Time: 20 minutes
• Cook Time: 30 minutes
• Total Time: 50 minutes
• Region: Northern Nigeria
• Meal Type: Meal accompaniment

You’ll Need:

• Pestle (for mashing up the rice)
• Transparent nylons (for wrapping)


• 2 Cups rice (Tuwo rice)
• Water (Enough to cook the rice till it gets very soft)


Step 1: Rinse the rice with water and place in a medium-sized pot. Add water just enough to cook the rice till it gets very soft.

Step 2: Check to see if the rice is soft enough by pressing the rice grains between your fingers. If it’s not soft enough, add some more water and cook till the water dries up.

rice meal swallow

Step 3: With a wooden spatula or pestle, mash the rice in the pot. Once you’re done mashing the whole rice in the pot, scoop mounds of the mashed rice into transparent plastic nylons and wrap to prevent it from drying up and retain its freshness.

Serve with your favorite northern Nigeria soup such i.e; Miyan taushe, miyan kuka, miyan wake e.t.c

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