How to Make Dried Beef Floss (Yadda Ake Dambun Nama)

dambun nama

Dambun Nama is a staple in northern Nigeria and is frequently served during Sallah periods. It is a delicacy made with meat, and you will have fried shredded meat as an end product. It can be consumed as a snack on its own or in conjunction with other foods, such as rice.

Let’s see how this is made.

Yadda Ake Dambun Nama


Cooking pot
Frying pan
Mortar and pestle
Cloth strainer (kyallen tata)


2 kilos of meat (nama)
Vegetable oil
Chopped onions
Chilli powder
Powdered ginger
Powdered garlic

Procedure for Making Dambun Nama

STEP 1: Wash the meat (beef) and put it into the clean pot.

STEP 2: Add the seasonings, spices, chopped onions, and salt to taste, chili powder, powdered garlic, and powdered ginger.

STEP 3: Add water to the cooking pot until the meat is completely submerged. Allow to cook until the meat becomes very soft.

STEP 4: When cooked, drained the water and remove any visible connective tissue or fat from the meat.

STEP 5: Now pour the meat into the mortar and pound it very well. Use enough energy while pounding it until it turns into something like dough.

STEP 6: Over medium heat, put the frying pan and add the vegetable oil. Add onions to the oil and allow to fry for 3 minutes.

STEP 7: Now add the pounded meat to the frying pan all at once and stir.

STEP 8: Continue to stir at 5-second intervals, or else the meat will stick to the bottom of the frying pan. Do this for several minutes until it turns golden brown.

STEP 9: Pour the meat on a clean cloth strainer (kyallen tata) and squeeze to drain excess vegetable oil from the meat.

STEP 10: Now pour in the bowl and begin to separate strands of the meat from one another.

STEP 11: Your Dambun Nama is ready.

How to Serve Dambun Nama

It can be eaten alone or served with Jollof Rice, Cous Cous, and Spaghetti Jollof, by sprinkling the Dambun Nama on them.

It could also serve as an ingredient for frying eggs, just like onions and seasonings.

Occasions to Serve Best

It is mostly served during festive periods such as Eids.

How to Store

Store it in an air-tight container. If it was properly fried, it will last for several weeks.

You could store it in a freezer but before you eat, make sure it thaws.

Health Benefits of Dambun Nama

Dambun Nama is good for our hearts and prevents type-2 diabetes. It also improves muscles because it has rich minerals such as calcium, vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc, and so on.


This snack is similar to that of Dambun Kaza. The only difference is that Dambun Kaza is made with chicken while this is made with meat, beef preferably. You could even make this delicacy with suya seasonings.

I hope this article was of help to you. If that’s the case, kindly leave a positive comment in the comments section below.

You could also try to make Dambun Kaza, Farfesun Kaza, or Farfesun Kifi.

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local delicacies.

Suwaiba Dalhatu

Suwaiba Dalhatu is an enthusiastic writer. She grew up in Zaria. A specialist on recipes - local recipes to be precise. Cooking is like a profession to her. She loves to read and write in her leisure time, and also loves to make new friends.

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