Recipes with Dainess Chef’s School: Tubani


Tubani is a popular street food in Ghana that is made from beans and spices. It is a type of bean cake that is cooked by steaming; and is often served with a spicy pepper sauce or other condiments.

To make Tubani, black-eyed beans or cowpeas are soaked overnight and then ground into a smooth paste. The paste is then mixed with spices, such as onion, garlic and chili pepper as well as salt and bouillon powder for flavour. The mixture is then wrapped in banana leaves or corn husk and steamed until fully cooked. Once cooked, the Tubani has a soft, slightly spongy texture and a savoury, earthy flavour.

Tubani is often sold as a snack or light meal by street vendors in Ghana, and it is commonly eaten as a breakfast food or mid-morning snack. It is a nutritious and filling dish that is high in protein and fibre, and is a popular choice among vegetarians and vegans.

Ingredient                                                                              Quantity

Black eyed beans (flour)                                                         25og

Salt                                                                                          TT

Onion                                                                                      3tbsp

Vegetable oil                                                                          as needed

Cayenne pepper                                                                     2tbsp

Water                                                                                     as needed


  • Add water to the black-eyed pea flour in a bowl and beat the mixture in a circular motion till mixture becomes fluffy.
  • Pour some water into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Wash your banana leaves or corn husk and put some at the base of the saucepan on fire.
  • Put some of the fluffy mixture of black-eyed pea flour and water into some of the leaves and wrap.
  • Put the wrapped food gently into the water on fire and let it cook for some time.
  • Cover the top of the water in the saucepan with some of the leaves.
  • Cover with the saucepan’s lid and let it cook for about twenty minutes.
  • In a frying pan pour few tablespoons of oil and fry onion until caramelised.
  • Proceed to remove Tubani from the leaves topped with caramelised onion and cayenne pepper and serve.

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