How to Make Masa Recipe – Waina | Rice Puff Puff

Masa Recipe

How to Make Masa Recipe – How to Make Waina | Hausa Masa

Are you looking for a delicious and authentic way to make masa? If so, then you have come to the right place! In this blog post, we will be sharing with you our foolproof recipe for making masa. With just a few simple ingredients and some easy-to-follow steps, you will be able to make your very own masa at home! homemade masa or waina is just the best with some yaji pepper topping to enjoy your masa.

What is Masa or Waina

Masa is a fermented grounded rice batter fried using a special pan that forms its ball shape; Masa is a popular Hausa food commonly refers to as Waina or rice puff puff in the Northern parts of Nigeria.

Hausa’s are known for some of their delicious and healthy foods like Suya, Zobo, Fura de Nunu, kunu, Tuwon  chinkafa, Miyan kuka, Kuli kuli, Acha, kilishi Meat, Miyan Geda, and the likes.

Moreover, Hausa Masa like I said early is a delicacy prepared with local white rice known as chinkafa in Hausa language, it can be served with Yaji (Suya pepper) as a healthy snack, as side dish in Suya meat, or with soup (Miyan Taushe).

Rice puff puff/ Waina is a recipe you prepare ahead of time, though not tedious or time-consuming there is so much idle time in-between soaking the rice and finally frying in pan apart from that is a very simple dish to cook.

In other to save time, you can make masa with corn or with semovita it’s equally beautiful and tasty but, not as fluffy as using tuwo rice in making masa Bauchi.

How to Make Masa Recipe – Waina Recipe


  • 2 cups of raw rice
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 3-4 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cooking potash (Akun)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of water (room temperature)
  • Oil for frying

Instructions on How to Make Masa

  1. First and foremost, in a small bowl, soak the cooking potash with 1 cup of water, allow dissolving.
  2. Secondly, wash the raw rice, after that, pour in the soaked potash (Akun) into the rice add enough water and cover overnight to ferment and soften or for at list 8 hours.
  3. Thirdly, being the next morning wash and boil your 1 cup of rice until soft, thereafter, rinse the soaked rice mix with cooked rice and blend to smooth batter (masa dough).
  4. Proof the yeast as you mix sugar and water to proof, keep aside.
  5. The next step is to combine the grinded rice, proof yeast, and salt together and mix properly in a large bowl cover for the next 4-6 hours to rise just like puff puff batter and collapse again.
  6. Finally, grease your special pan or normal skillet pan and fry until golden brown on both sides, then remove and transfer to sieve.

At this point yummy fresh Masa, rice puff puff, waina is ready. Serve and enjoy with Yaji spice, Suya or Miyan Taushe.

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Never let the lengthy time requirements listed in this recipe deter you from trying it out. The bulk of the time, you just have to abandon the recipe during idle periods and continue with your daily activities. The total time you need is like 20 minutes or at most 15 minutes, with the remaining hours being idle.

FAQ – On How to Make Hausa Masa or Waina

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Can I use baking powder instead of yeast?

The truth is that yeast and baking powder are two different functioning agents. I have used baking powder before it was a disaster. Yeast is the best for Hausa Masa recipe. Baking powder is used in some Mexican tamale dough as a leavening agent and in masa harina to help create the right dough texture.

What is Nigerian Masa made from?

Masa or waina is a popular delicacy in northern Nigeria especially among the Hausa. This dish is simple and inexpensive to make because it only requires a few ingredients, including rice. The dish is fluffy, tasty, and filling, and you can easily enjoy it by itself or with a sauce.

What is Waina made of?

Traditional Waina food is made with Rice also known as chinkafa in hausa; either local rice or parboiled rice whichever is available can be used to make masa.

What is masa mix made of?

In Mexican cooking, Masa harina, also known as cornmeal or corn flour, is combined to create masa dough. In Hausa cooking the fermented rice is grounded to get masa mix.

What is the difference between waina and masa?

Waina (Masa ) is a fermented puff batter made from rice, The maize masa used to make tortillas in Mexico and Central America is different from this. millet, maize, or sorghum that is cooked in a pan with numerous tiny depressions resembling cups. In both shape and flavor, it is similar to an Indian idli.

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