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Dambun Shinkafa – A Northern Delicacy

Dambun Shinkafa

Dambun shinkafa is a northern delicacy that is gradually finding its way into the home of many Nigerians. This delicacy brings together a mix of all food groups in a healthy way. The moringa leaves, carrot, green pepper, makes it similar to fried rice.

Dambun shinkafa is best prepared with rice that softens easily. Broken rice is the preferred rice for making this delicacy. Jasmine rice can also be used in making this fabulous meal. However, if these types of rice are not available, you can grind the rice you have into coarse grits using a dry mill.

Dambun shinkafa is traditionally prepared by mixing all the ingredients together before steaming. But to preserve the nutrients in the vegetables, one portion of the vegetables should be steamed alongside the rice and other ingredients while the other portion should be mixed into the rice when it is almost done.


  • Rice
  • Carrots
  • Fresh Moringa Leaves
  • Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • Spring Onions
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Chicken Seasoning
  • Groundnut Oil
  • Salt
  • Butter


  1. Rinse the rice. Use a colander to strain the water then set it aside for later use.
  2. Remove the moringa leaves from the stems. Rinse and chop all the vegetables.
  3. Divide the vegetables into two. Mix all the ingredients and one portion of the vegetables with the rice in the colander.
  4. Put water in a pot to boil. When the water comes to the boil, cover the rice in the colander with a muslin cloth, then put the colander in the pot. When placing the colander in the pot, be sure that it does not touch the water so that the rice will not lose the nutrient.
  5. At intervals, use a spoon to stir the rice in the sieve. This would ensure that the rice cooks evenly. Monitor the water level in the pot till the rice is cooked. If needed, add more water to the pot. Taste the rice and adjust the seasoning if you need to.
  6. Quickly melt the butter. Once the rice is tender, add the remaining vegetables. Stir and turn off the heat. Pour the rice into a bowl and mix in the butter.
  7. Serve hot with beef kebab or peppered chicken.

Original story from ConnectNigeria

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