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  • Writer's pictureNicky, Digital Researcher, Africa Analyst

Awara - West African tofu

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

A favorite dish among the Hausa tribe of Northern Nigeria, Awara is basically soybeans cord or Tofu.

The Tofu is cut into cubes, marinated in a spice mix and deep-fried until golden brown with a crispy exterior. It's topped with slices of bell peppers and onions.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 cups of fresh tofu cut into cubes

  • 2 mixpy ginger and garlic seasoning

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1tbsp Ginger and garlic paste

  • 1 medium onion.

  • 2 tbsp scotch bonnet crushed

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp ketchup

  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes

  • 1/2 cup spring onions

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 2 bouillon cubes (veggie)

Cooking Steps

  1. In a bowl combine tofu and bouillon cube seasoning and a pinch of salt .

  2. Sprinkle some water on the mixture to allow the seasoning seep in. Let sit for a few minutes.

  3. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large pan and fry the tofu on all sides

  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  5. In the same pan sauté onions ginger -garlic paste and add the scotch bonnet pepper. Add the chili flakes and one bouillon cube.

  6. Combine the soy sauce, honey ketchup and sesame seeds in a small bowl.

  7. Tilt into the pan and allow to bubble for about 2 minutes stirring constantly.

  8. Add the fried tofu to the pan and mix well ensuring that they are well coated

  9. Sprinkle the spring onions on the tofu and cook for a few seconds

  10. Serve hot.

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