MASSA: RELISHING THE NORTHERN FOOD EXPERIENCE
Been to the northern part of Nigeria? Well, maybe you need to go visiting because there lays a delicacy you must taste. Massa or Hausa rice cake is one of Hausa delicious meals. It is made with what we call ‘tuwo rice’ in Northern Nigeria. Tuwo rice is a special kind of rice that is used particularly for tuwo shinkafa. The good thing about tuwo rice is that it tends to stick together with one another, unlike the conventional rice grains that tend to stay apart. Masa is mostly taken with miyan taushe but u can still eat with yagi (spiced ground pepper). There are other complimentary meals that can be served alongside.
Salt to taste.
You will also need the massa baking pan as well as basic cooking utensils.
Get 3 cups of tuwo rice in a bowl. Divide into two equal part. Wash the first part and soak in a bowl with potash.
Soak a teaspoon of ground potash in half cup of water, allow to setle. Then pour into the first part in a bowl, don’t add the residue. Add more water and allow to soak for 8-10hours. It is best if you soak it overnight.
When you are ready to prepare the masa, get the second part of the tuwo rice. Wash and boil it with just water. Boil it until it is very soft. Go ahead and mash it to pulp.Mix the ground rice with the mashed rice together. Add sugar and salt to taste. Add teaspoon of yeast, stir and allow frothing for 30 minutes. The batter should be running not thick.Grease your masa pan with vegetable oil and scoop your batter into the pan. Allow to cook until it is golden brown. Turn the other side with a spoon and also observe as it cooks and turn golden brown. This is how to make Hausa Masa, you can serve with Yaji (Hausa spiced ground pepper) or miyan taushe.