How to Make Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

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Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge is called Faten Wake da Dankalin Hausa. It is a delicacy made from the combination of beans (wake) and sweet potatoes (dankalin Hausa). Either of them can be made as a meal on its own: Beans Porridge (Faten Wake) or Sweet Potato Porridge (Faten Dankali). Combining the two will result in a more delicious meal compared to taking them individually. This article seeks to teach you how to make Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge.

Fate in Hausa means porridge, and we have different kinds of porridge, which include Faten Shinkafa,  Yam Porridge (Faten Doya), Beans and Yam Porridge (Faten Wake da Doya), and Faten Tsaki (a meal made from coarse maize grain), and the list goes on and on.

Without wasting time, let’s get started.

Ingredients for Making Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

2 cups of beans
4 medium-sized sweet potatoes
½ cup of palm oil or vegetable oil

Fried fish
Seasoning cube
Salt to taste
Spinach or Ugu leaves
Crayfish (optional)

Procedure for Making Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

STEP 1: Spread the beans on a tray or flat surface, remove the bad ones, unwanted particles, or dirt, and set them aside.

STEP 2: Wash the onions and pepper and use a grater or blender to grate or blend them. Keep it aside.

STEP 3: Wash the spinach or ugu leaves with salt. Then use a knife to cut it. Set it aside too. If you have a chopping board, that will do just fine.

STEP 4: Wash the beans very well. Now over medium heat, put the cooking pot and add water, then add the beans and allow to cook until it becomes almost soft.

STEP 5: While cooking beans, peel the sweet potatoes, wash them, and cut them into small pieces or the desired size.

STEP 6: When the beans are done, add the sweet potato slices and cook for 7 minutes.

STEP 7: Now add the sliced or grated onions and pepper into the cooking pot and allow to cook for 5 minutes. If need be, add a cup of water to the pot.

STEP 8: Add the seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Spread the crayfish into the pot as well. Mix it very well.

STEP 9: Then add the vegetable oil or palm oil to the cooking pot and stir. Allow the food to cook for 3 minutes.

STEP 10: Finally, add the spinach or ugu to the cooking pot. Do not mix. Allow it to simmer for 3 minutes.

STEP 11: Turn off the cooker and stir the food before serving.

How to Serve Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

This delicacy is served on plates and eaten with a spoon or fork. Don’t forget to keep drinking water beside you because the meal forces one to crave it.

You can also serve Faten Wake da Dankali in Jollof Rice or white rice.

Also, you can also enjoy it as double-fire (dumame).

Occasions to Serve Best

It is best served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You could also serve it on any occasion if you feel your guests will love it.

How to Store Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

Store it in a warmer and this will make it last for 24 hours. You could choose to store it in a freezer or fridge and make it last longer. However, you will need to warm it before consuming it again because, health-wise, it is not okay to eat cold food.

Health Benefits of Beans and Sweet Potato Porridge

Blood sugar levels are stabilized by this meal, which also promotes eye health, lowers systemic inflammation, enhances digestion, safeguards our hearts, and lengthens our lifespan.

Additionally, it boosts our fibre, and prevents us from developing diabetes, cancer, and being overweight or obese.

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You could decide to fry your onions and peppers first, add water, and allow them to boil before you add the beans and sweet potato. Your choice.

That’s a wrap. Now that you know how to make beans and sweet potato porridge, you should try making yours too. You will truly enjoy the experience.

You are always welcome in Northpad, Nigeria for more local delicacies.


Do sweet potatoes need parboiling before roasting?

Actually, no. All you need to do is roast it as it is and you are good to go.

Do you cook porridge covered or uncovered?

Yes, you can cook it both ways. However, I will suggest you cover it up, as this will prevent unwanted things from accidentally getting into the pot and will also help speed up the cooking process.

Can you just add boiling water to porridge?

Yes, you can. Just like most normal foods, when there isn’t enough water to cook them well, you can add just enough cold or boiling water to make it so.

Should you stir porridge while cooking?

Yes, you can but ensure not to overdo it. Otherwise, it will not look nice or kind of look like a swallow.

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