Pate Acha by Lavido



  • 1 cup acha
  • Bones
  • Spinach
  • Yakwa leaves (optional)
  • 4 garden eggs (egg plant)
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion bulb(sliced)
  • 2 cakes of locust bean (dadawa)
  • 1 cup matured ground nuts
  • 3 peppers
  • 2 Bouillon cubes
  • Pieces of dry fish

Please note that any condiment can can be incorporated into this dish, diced potatoes, sausages, unripe plantain. Here am using garden eggs.


1. Boil bones till cooked

2 Grind groundnuts and locust beans in a dry mill or use a mortar.

3. Add more water to the bones and pour in ground mixture, diced pepper,add salt and one boullion cube cook for 10 minutes.

4. Dice tomatoes, garden egg and dry fish.

5. Pour in the acha ( acha swells a lot so you have  to keep adding water till you get the right consistency) allow to boil for 5 minutes

6. Add the spinach,onions and yakwa leaves and the last bouillon cube. Taste for salt as you have continuously added water. Allow to simmer.

Note: acha is tricky to wash as it contains sand, use a plastic container and wash by shaking from side to side till the sand settles. Keep pouring the acha at the top of into another container and throw away the bottom that contains the sand. (You will loose a lot of the acha grains by doing this, don’t worry as I mentioned earlier it swells once in the pot)Once you look under the plastic and see no sand, you are in the clear.

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By |January 13th, 2013|23 Comments


  1. Alex September 24, 2014 at 1:56 am - Reply

    what is the english name for aca

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 25, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply


      • OLUMAYOWA AKINBORO November 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you for this recipe. I want to mill my acha into powder. How do I by pass the sand?

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie December 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

          Wash the acha first then redry it.

          • OLUMAYOWA AKINBORO December 5, 2016 at 2:46 am - Reply

            Ok. Thank you so much

  2. acha man August 1, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    acha( Digitaria Exillis) known as fonio in other west African countries is a special grain, highly nutritious, good for the diabetic, overweight, growing children and the elderly, now comes in packaged forms ready for cooking bypassing the labourous task of sand removal

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 2, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Thanks for the addition

    • Hanifa January 13, 2015 at 3:59 am - Reply

      Where to get the packaged Aca in Abuja and contacts

  3. Audi Alheri July 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    The english name for ‘aca’ is ‘fonio’.

  4. Anonymous March 7, 2014 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I find acha (hausa spelling – accha) vvery good for my diabetis condition.

  5. TallChica November 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Acha in other West African countries is also known as Fonio. If you look up some online african food stores, you might be able to find some.

  6. titilola August 27, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    we. now. av clean. perboiled, packaged, n ready to cook in. 2. minutes acha in. Abuja, Nigeria. In grains and flour for swallow with all Nigerian soup. A great. and better alternative to pounded. yam, garri. amala, semo. and even wheat . Accha is. known to be food, good for managing diabetes and obesity. And also Avery nutriciousfood. that also keeps ones weight in check. Thank goodness, it is fast becoming present and future food in Nigeria.

  7. Mairo April 2, 2013 at 5:56 am - Reply

    If I remember correctly, Acha is called ‘hungary rice’ in english lang.

  8. lavido January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you google, Digitaria Exilis (hungry rice), is its botanical name apparently the spelling is ok because acha is not of hausa origins. The only other replacement I know with acha is dry corn grits, which I don’t know how easy that is to get in the US(sorry Ladi) but ithink if you can find a store indigenous to Ivory Coast produce

  9. lavido January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I think acha oops sorry aca is called hungry rice or hungary rice, not sure which.. With our nija pronunciation of things.. And yes I made yakwa optional here because sometimes you just can’t find it in the market and especially those in the US.
    9jafoodie, thank you for publishing.

  10. Myne Whitman January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    What is Acha? And the Yakuwa too? DO they have english names or other replacement? I like the recipe.

    • ladi January 21, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

      yakuwa is sorrel leaf. The leaves from the plant used to make zobo.

      Aca is a grain with a texture that’s like grits.

    • aee April 12, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Acha is quinoa in English

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie April 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

        Acha is also called Fonion, it’s very different from Quinoa.

  11. Arina George January 14, 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Looks delicious, Lavido ! Thanks for sharing this easy-looking recipe. I MIGHT try it sometime soon. keep posting more such recipes !!!

  12. Ladi January 14, 2013 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Oh My!!!! Paten aca! (there’s no ‘ch’ is Hausa #WAECtins)

    This is some childhood memories. It was our Saturday lunch all through primary school. Thanks for posting.

    Yakuwa should not be optional though- that’s where the flavor really comes in.

    Unfortunately, I cannot make this in the US. Wonder what the English word for Aca is?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      lol… WAEC was a good thing after all. I wonder too… lol… I am sure we can find the botanical name somewhere.

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