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How To make dry pap for babies
How To Make Dry Pap

Here is a brief but detailed guide on how to prepare local Nigeria Dry Pap popularly known and Ogi/Akanmu, the ingredients, preparation time and how to's in just a few step.

Type: Baby food

Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: Homemade Ogi Baba, homemade dry pap, homemade powdered pap, Ogi, Akanmu

Recipe Yield: 1 bowl

Preparation Time: 3 days

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe Video Name: How To Make Dry Pap

Recipe Video Description: Here is a good guide on how you can make dry Pap locally by yourself

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Corn
  • Guinea corn
  • Millet
  • Dryer
  • Dry Container

Recipe Instructions:

Editor's Rating:

Pap is a local Nigerian food that is made from corn, millet, guinea corn depending on the choice of the person making it.

A study in 2018 has shown that Pap is one of the local food embedded with natural nutritional benefits. A normal pap is rich in vitamins such as carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B3 B5, B1, Riboflavin, Vitamin C, Potassium, Chromium, Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus.

To Make Pap, All you need to do is to get your guinea corn, divide it into smaller pieces, dry it, mix regularly, put it into a blender, blend it, Sieve it and your pap is ready to be prepared.

It is also rich in amino acids as well as tryptophan, leucine, valine, isoleucine, phenylalanine, and lysine.

Additionally, the health benefits of pap to the body of the baby or to the boy of anyone consuming it are very numerous, some of them include;

  1. Boosting the kidney’s strength
  2. Helps to cure ulcer
  3. Easily digestible
  4. Give the body a sufficient amount of calories/energy
  5. Help burning mothers to lactate easily
  6. It is very low in cholesterol and also helps reduce body cholesterol
  7. It helps babies to gain weight

Haven said all that let us now show you how and the processes of making a dry Nigerian powdered pap at the comfort of your home.

Pap, also known as Akamu or ogi, is a very popular Nigerian baby food and the first meal that many mums give to their infants. The process of making pap is easy if you follow my step-by-step guide which I did with a combination of grains for a more nutritious baby meal.

Fresh pap needs to be kept in the fridge for a few days or months in the freezer until it is ready to use. You can also make dry pap powder at home. This requires that the wet and solid pap is turned into a dry powdery form, similar to custard.

In this article, I will be showing you exactly how I make my local Nigeria dry pap popularly known as Ogi.

Do you know Pap is among one of the food that can make your baby gain weight?

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How To Make Homemade Nigeria Ogi Baba Or Dry Pap

how to make dry pap

Follow these steps below even if you have not made guinea corn pap for babies before. They are easy and straightforward to understand.

  • Make/process the pap from your guinea corn.
  • divide the pap into small pieces.
  • If you are using an oven, dehydrator, or a tray, spread the mixture on a plate or in an oven tray.
  • sun-dry for at a minimum of two days. Set the temperature and time for your dehydrator to the appropriate setting. My dehydrator was set to 60 degrees Celsius for 2 hours. You may need to raise the temperature slightly if you’re using an oven. However, it won’t burn the pap.
  • To ensure that they dry properly, turn them at regular intervals.
  • Let cool completely before you start blending/mixing in the blender.
  • Then, pulverize/sieve the powder into a fine powder and then store it in an airtight container.
  • You should note that any moisture in the pap can cause molds to form within days Hence, It is important to dry it well and cool it down.
  • Your container must be dry and clean.

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How To Make Pap (Preparation Steps)

Making pap for your baby and the rest of the family is as simple as you can ever think of. It takes just a few steps to get the delicious Nigerian dessert on the table.

Pap is one of the foods that babies hardly develop allergies to. Almost all babies love to eat pap. Irrespective of whether anything is added to make sweet or not, just add a bit of sugar or any other sweetener and your baby, you, and the rest of the family will keep craving for more. Although there are many other things you can put in the papa to make it extra nourishing and give it that nice look that satisfies the appetite.

To prepare your pap, otherwise known as akamu by some people and Ogi by the Yorubas, here are the ingredients you need.


  • Raw Pap/Akamu/Ogi
  • Water
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Sweetener (Sugar/ Honey)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Put the desired measure of raw akamu/ogi inside a bowl
  2. Add a little measure of water and dissolve the pap inside it
  3. Turn it together until there is no lump inside it anymore
  4. Put some quantity of water on the fire and allow it to boil
  5. Once the water is boil, use the spoon to turn the mixed pap again to avoid settled lump underneath the bowl
  6. Then once the pap is mixed together again until it is homogenous with the water, slowly pour the hot water and stir the pap consistently until a nice semi-solid is formed
  7. At this point when the pap gives a thick custard-like color, then you can be well sure that the pap is well-cooked.
  8. If this color is not achieved, then you might need to put it inside a microwave under medium heat for about 1-2 minutes.
  9. Pour the pap into a plate and add evaporated milk and sugar to taste.


  • You can add your sugar right from the start so that it can cook and dissolve properly with the pap.
  • Ensure not to add too much water to mix the raw pap so that it can cook very well when you are adding the hot water
  • Do not let the hot water get cold before you start pouring it inside the pap.
  • Ensure to stir the pap well before you pour the hot water to avoid lumps in the eventual result
  • Do not add milk before you pour your hot water.
  • If the raw pap was initially inside a freezer and you resolved it while it was still very cold, you should ensure that it is not cold again before you start pouring the hot water, else, it will not cook well.
  • Ensure to put a small amount of water on the top surface of the pap when you have finished preparing it so the top surface will not get solidified.
  • Ensure to cover the pap immediately so that it won’t have cellophane on the top surface.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Below are answers to the frequently asked questions on how to make dry pap for babies.

When can I start giving my baby pap?

You can start feeding the baby with pap as soon as the baby has closed the age of one month. Even if the mother of the child or children is absent, the pap together with other milk formulas serves as a very good substitute for the baby.

So once the baby is up to the age of one month, you can start feeding him with ogi baba. Just ensure that you add enough milk. Soya milk might not be needed for a start as you should introduce that later on when the child is of age and has started growing tee

What are The Side effects of guinea corn for children?

Here are the preceding effects of ogi baba on your little infant. This is not to say that feeding the baby with guinea corn pap is dangerous. Most of these effects are what can be avoided if and only if you cultivate a good feeding habit for the baby.

  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Gastrointestinal Intolerance
  • Diseases Of The Digestive System
  • Reduced Weight Gain
  • Diarrhea Or Constipation

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I hope this article helps you better in your quest to make dry pap in a local way for your baby. Or rather a homemade pap. Thank you for reading.

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