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Dambun Kifi

Dambun Kifi

Dambun Kifi is a delicacy from Kebbi State, Nigeria. Dambun Kifi is the Hausa word for fish floss. It can be prepared with any type of fresh or frozen fish. Dambun kifi has an aroma that beckons you to have a taste of this goody goody.

Dambun kifi is quite easy to prepare and in preparing the meal, the head of the fish is not needed.


  • Large fleshy fish
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Lemon
  • Onions
  • Scotch bonnet pepper
  • Garlic, ginger and curry powder
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Salt

Preparation Method

  1. Remove the fish heads. Cut the body into smaller parts. Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl of lukewarm water and rinse the fish with it.
  2. Put fish in a pot and spice with chopped onions, ginger, curry powder, salt, seasoning cubes, garlic and pepper. Add a little water and cook the fish on medium heat till it’s tender.
  3. Strain out excess water after cooking, if need be. Allow the fish to cool and when it does, de-bone and crumble it.
  4. Heat some oil in a frying pan. Add the fish. As desired, you can add more scotch bonnet pepper and onions to the fish. Stir. You would notice in the course of stir-frying that the bigger crumbs would be mashed into flosses.
  5. Fry the Dambun Kifi on low heat for at least forty five minutes to one hour. When you start stir-frying, you would notice that at first, the fish would be moist with oil. But after about twenty five to thirty minutes, the fish would start absorbing the oil. Thus, you would have to stir faster.
  6. With time, the flosses get drier and start browning. The aroma would fill the kitchen. When the fish floss starts sticking to the pan, know that the oil has been completely absorbed by the fish.
  7. Stir fast for about two more minutes and turn off the heat to prevent the floss from burning.

Dambun Kifi can be enjoyed on its own, served with jollof rice or used as filling for sandwich.

If you intend to store some of this delicacy for later use, do this once you turn off the heat. Place a net over a strainer and place the strainer on a container. Transfer the fish floss from the frying pan to the net. Close the net tightly and press a heavy object on it and leave it for a couple of hours. This will allow the oil in the floss to escape. Store in an air tight container.

Curated from Connect Nigeria.

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