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Miyan Kuka

miyan kuka

Miyan kuka, which is also known as Luru soup, is a Nigerian soup that hails from Northern Nigeria. This soup is green in color with its two vital ingredients as ground baobab leaves which is also known as Kuka powder and dried catfish. Miyan kuka is to the Hausa-Fulani what Ewedu soup is to the Yoruba. It is also very easy to prepare.


  • Dried catfish
  • Beef
  • Kuka powder
  • Onions
  • Crayfish
  • Pepper
  • Locust bean
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Palm oil (Optional)
  • Salt

How To Prepare

  1. Rinse the beef to eliminate sand. Put the meat in a clean pot and season with onions, pepper, seasoning cubes and salt. Cook on medium heat till the meat is tender.
  2. Debone and rinse the dried catfish. Set it aside for later use.
  3. Peel the ginger and garlic. Rinse it alongside the pepper and blend with the wet mill blender.
  4. Grind the crayfish and the locust bean with the dry mill blender.
  5. Use a fine colander to sift the kuka powder to get rid of tiny leaf particles in it. Set these aside for later use.
  6. When the meat is tender, add more water to the pot. Please note that the quantity of soup that you want to make determines the quantity of water that will be added to the pot.
  7. Add palm oil and the blended ingredients to the pot. Add the dried catfish too. Allow the soup to cook on medium heat. Taste the soup and if need be, adjust the seasoning.
  8. The next step is to add the kuka powder. In adding kuka powder to the soup, care must be taken to avoid having a lumpy soup. If you’re making this soup for the first time, the easiest way to achieve the desired result is to first remove all the meat and fish in the pot. Afterwards, add the kuka powder and whisk continuously till a lump-free consistency is achieved. Once this is achieved, return the meat to the soup.
  9. Allow the soup to simmer on low heat for about ten minutes.  Turn off the heat.

Serve hot with Tuwo Shinkafa or Tuwo Dawa.

Curated from ConnectNigeria.

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