Dambu with Veggies

Dambu with Veggies

Dambu is made of grits from whole grains-maize, wheat, barley, sorghum etc. It looks like couscous. The grits is called "tsaki"in Hausa. Depending on which grain you use, you can make Dambu from"tsakin masara"(maize grits) or "tsakin alkama"(wheat grits). Dambu can be cooked plain and eaten with any soup. It can be eaten with local Hausa soups such as "miyar taushe","miyar kuka"or tomato stew. But it can also be cooked as "jollof" by adding protein, vegetables, oils and seasoning. In this recipe, Dambu is made with maize grits, shredded lean meat and vegetables to it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Nigerian


  • 1 cup Maize grits
  • 1/2 kg Shredded boiled meat
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Seasoning
  • 1 g Spring Onions
  • 1 9 Coarsely ground peanuts


  • To 1 cup tsakin masara (maize grits), add water
  • Add vegetable oil and salt
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Put mixture in a colander and cover with plastic bag or very light nylon cloth
  • Steam for 15 minutes. The dambu should be soft but not completely cooked
  • Remove the half-cooked dambu from steam
  • Add vegetables shredded boiled meat, seasoning and coarsely ground groundnuts
  • Add spring onions
  • Cover again and bring back to the steam. Steam for additional 10 minutes
  • At this point, a pleasant aroma of the groundnuts and spring onions becomes obvious
  • Remove from steam.
Keyword Dambu