Dambu Nama (Shredded Meat)

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Dambu nama, also known as “Dambun nama” or “Nama dambu,” is a traditional Nigerian snack made from dried beef. It is popular among the Hausa and Fulani ethnic groups in Northern Nigeria. The delicacy is often enjoyed as a flavorful and protein-rich snack.

Dambu nama
Dambu nama

History of Dambu Nama

Dambu nama has a long history and is believed to have originated among the Hausa people in Nigeria. It was traditionally prepared as a way to preserve meat during the dry season when fresh meat was scarce. The process of making this meal involves drying strips of beef in the sun, then pounding or shredding them into fine, thin shreds. Over time, various spices and flavors were added to enhance the taste of the dried meat.

Health Benefits

Dambu nama offers several potential health benefits due to its high protein content. Here are some of its potential benefits:

  1. Protein Source: It is a concentrated source of protein, which is essential for various bodily functions. Protein helps build and repair tissues, supports muscle growth, and contributes to the production of enzymes and hormones.
  2. Nutrient Dense: It retains many of the essential nutrients found in beef, such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and various other vitamins and minerals.
  3. Satiety: Due to its high protein content, dambu nama can help promote feelings of fullness and satiety, which may aid in weight management and prevent overeating.

It’s worth noting that this northern Nigerian delicacy is a dried and fried product, which means it can be high in sodium and unhealthy fats if consumed in excess. Therefore, it’s best enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Please keep in mind that while the information provided here is based on research and general knowledge, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or nutritionist for personalized advice regarding your specific dietary needs and health conditions.

Now, here is a recipe you can enjoy.

Dambu Nama

Dambu Nama

Avatar photoLaila Yetunde
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Nigerian


  • 500 grams of beef (preferably lean)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder (optional)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying) 


  • Start by washing the beef thoroughly to remove any dirt or impurities.
  • Cut the beef into thin, long strips. You can remove any excess fat if desired.
  • Season the beef strips with salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. You can adjust the amount of seasoning according to your taste preferences.
  • Place the seasoned beef strips on a drying rack or hang them in a well-ventilated area. Allow them to dry for several hours or until they become dry and crispy. This drying process can take a day or two, depending on the weather conditions.
  • Once the beef strips are completely dried, heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan or deep fryer.
  • Fry the dried beef strips in the hot oil until they become golden brown and crispy. Make sure to fry them in small batches to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the fried beef strips from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
  • Allow the dambu nama to cool down completely before serving.
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